With the amount of movies depicting unhappy marriages, you’d think people would stop tying the knot. Right? In Till Death we witness a very unhappy marriage, in which lady of the house Emma (Megan Fox – Rogue) leaves her side-piece to go “celebrate” the wedding anniversary with her uptight lawyer husband (Eoin Macken – Here Are the Young Men). As a surprise, he takes them to a remote cabin, where as soon as they wake up he shoots himself in the head right in front of Emma, leaving her chained to his lifeless corps.
What easily could’ve been a Gerald’s Game rip-off, doesn’t even come close to the ingenuity of that film. Jason Carvey‘s script is unmistakably boring. Director Scott Dale at least tries to make his film look somewhat interesting as there is some great use of colour and Fox always looks flawless, which the cinematographer and hair & make up department should be thanked for as well.
Now Fox hasn’t had a flawless track record when it comes to her acting career. Personally, I think she’s talented and has proven to be a versatile actress with standout work in Jennifer’s Body and This Is 40, but I’d be lying if I said I enjoyed her performance this time around. She didn’t convince me as being a victim of trauma and it almost looked as if she was bored of being on set. None of it felt believable.
Till Death takes too long to get to the point and could’ve gone above and beyond if it didn’t waste so much time having Emma aimlessly drag her dead husband all over the house. By the time there’s some action it felt like a Home Alone situation, without the cool boobytraps and instead, more cringey dialogue. A dull and lifeless wannabe thriller that lacks guts and originality.
Available in theatres and on demand July 2
Review – Till Death
Reviewed online (screener provided by publicist), June 25, 2021. Rating: R. Running Time: 88 min.
PRODUCTION: (USA) A Screen Media Films release of a Millennium Media production. Producers: Jeffrey Greenstein, David Leslie Johnson McGoldrick, Yariv Lerner, Tanner Mobley, Les Weldon. Executive producers: Boaz Davidson, Claiton Fernandes, Vladimir Fernandes, Avi Lerner, Balan Melarkode, Euzebio Munhoz Jr., Trevor Short, Robert Van Norden, Jonathan Yunger.
CREW: Director: Scott Dale. Writer: Jason Carvey. Cinematography: Jamie Cairney. Editing: Alex Fenn, Sylvie Landra. Music: Walter Mair.
CAST: Megan Fox, Callan Mulvey, Eoin Macken, Jack Roth, Aml Ameen.