BARE BONES: TILL DEATH (2021)

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TILL DEATH (2021)

In an effort to rekindle a failing marriage, Mark (Eoin Macken) takes his wife Emma (Megan Fox) to a secluded cabin of theirs. In the morning, Mark handcuffs himself to Emma then commits suicide. Soon Emma finds out Mark was in trouble with the law, knew she was cheating on him with his employee Tom (Aml Ameen), and that this is all part of a last act of revenge. Worse still, two shady associates of Mark’s, Bobby and Jimmy (Callan Mulvey and Jack Roth), show up and are looking for a passcode to a hidden safe…a code only Emma may know. Now she must somehow elude these dangerous men while still handcuffed to Mark’s body.

Flick is solidly directed by S.K. Dale from a script by Jason Carvey and overcomes any silliness by simply telling it’s story well. It’s an entertaining enough thriller with some nice suspense, a bit of graphic violence and enough smarts to know when to milk it’s premise and when to cut Emma loose. Fox makes a strong and resourceful heroine and Mulvey a dangerous and effective villain as Bobby. There are some weak spots, like Bobby’s brother Jimmy having a change of heart at exactly the most convenient moment, but otherwise it’s an involving enough thriller, with a solid game of cat and mouse between the resilient Emma and her foes. It’s moves quickly and doesn’t overstay it’s welcome at an economical 88 minutes in length. An entertaining watch on the couch. Available to stream on Amazon Prime.

-MonsterZero NJ

3 star rating

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BARE BONES: ROGUE (2020)

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ROGUE (2020)

“Now you have a choice…which bitch is gonna kill you.”- Captain Samantha O’ Hara

Mercenary Samantha O’ Hara (Megan Fox) and her team head into the African Jungle to rescue a governor’s daughter (Jessica Sutton) from a gang of human traffickers. The rescue goes awry, forcing Sam, her surviving teammates and their rescues to hide in an abandoned poacher’s compound. Now, with barely any ammo left, they are caught between the pursuing gang and a vicious and vengeful jungle predator.

Flick is directed by Michael J. Bassett from his script with Isabel Bassett, who also plays one of the rescues, Tessa. It’s a routine action/adventure flick that does have some decent action scenes, as well as, some bloody carnage when the lion starts thinning the already thin numbers of the mercenary band. It’s fun to see Megan Fox play a badass soldier and she’s actually pretty effective as such, handling both gunplay and hand to hand combat quite well. It does have it’s messages, mixed in with the action, about the cruelty of both poaching and human trafficking and, of course, it’s share of flying bullets, too. The lion is, sadly, some unconvincing CGI, which does lessen the effect of the attack sequences, but at least we are given a fairly satisfying reason for it to remain in a place that caused it much pain. At 105 minutes, there are some lulls in the middle, but the gunfire and bloodshed picks up for the last act finale. It’s nothing new and ultimately forgettable, but go in with minimal expectations and it can be an amusing enough, evening on the couch.

-MonsterZero NJ

2 and 1-2 star rating

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