‘100 Days to Live’ is a serial killer thriller that will grab you from the beginning, and will never let you go. You need to watch this.
Directed by: Ravin Gandhi.
Starring: Colin Egglesfield, Gideon Emery, Heidi Johanningmeier, Yancey Arias, Chris Johnson, Charin Alvarez, Nathaniel Buescher, Maura Kidwell, Callie Johnson, Torrey Hanson, Ravin Gandhi, Jeff Dlugolecki.
Country: United States.
Genre: Action, thriller.
Running time: 88 minutes.
More than a decade has passed since I formally began reviewing films. It’s impossible to stop yourself from growing up inside this great bubble of film appreciation. I like to think I’ve gone from being an amateur observer, to someone who can go beyond the primary curtain and make a comment out of it. It doesn’t have anything to do with genres or budgets. I try to watch everything with a objective spirit.
Also, I try to rescue as much as I can from what’s an essential viewing experience that’s not related to an analytical posture. I’m talking about the inevitable excitement awakened by films that grasp you somehow and never let you go. It’s hard to find indie films of this kind, but they exist. You just have to give indie cinema a chance.
It’s said that with indie films you must lower your standard and take it from there; that they can’t be compared to big budget action vehicles. With 100 Days to Live, those two worlds came together for me. Here I was, enthralled by the intelligence of a well written thriller that grabbed me from the beginning and masterfully punched me in the gut with its catalog of twists and turns. I had no need to lower standards as the film is greatly shot and its pace runs accordingly to a very effective running time. A definite hit!
A cat and mouse chase turns into a morality battlefield.
Rebecca is a doctor who dedicates her life to helping those who have tried to commit suicide. From working in a suicide prevention hotline to being the leader of support groups for those who have attempted taking their own life. One day her world is shaken, as a potential patient arrives and leaves without explanation. She insists that they keep in touch. It turns into an ideal love story, when in a few days he asks her to marry him. It’s all happening too quickly but she follows her heart.
However, during an everyday lunch Gabriel gets kidnapped, and the only thing left behind is a scrapbook with pictures and a cover that says “Gabriel was saved”. Rebecca takes this to the police, and there she receives a revelatory and harrowing fact about the kidnapping. This monster of a man is known as “The Savior”, a serial killer who executes his victims after 100 days of stalking and taking photographs. What begins as a typical cat and mouse chase turns into an engrossing dramatic journey about suicide and much more.
In short, a gut-punch that will leave you speechless while you wonder about the basics of human will. Yes, it goes there.
The incalculable value of great screenwriting.
To sum up, 100 Days to Live is a powerful thriller about a real issue that’s amplified in favor of a hypnotizing tale of distorted justice. Its script begins as a regular action film with a nonexistent first act, but it all works in the end. The movie is a multilayered allegory of an omnipresent conflict that’s simply relevant. Yes, it’s a cop movie. But this action thriller backdrop is not highlighted in favor of shadowing the film’s true purpose: adding several questions to the established convictions of morals during a horrible circumstance.
The script holds several transition points that make the film’s conflict an evolutionary road into understanding a more general message. That is to say, 100 Days to Live doesn’t hide the fact that there’s a monster behind the acts that display without reason. It also doesn’t try to convince us to forgive what’s essentially unforgivable. Nevertheless, it makes us wonder about our own moral code. Certainy, action thrillers or genre films are not known for awaking this sort of feelings.
Yet another proof of gems in indie cinema.
100 Days to Live is that film you don’t know you’re looking for. Action films are constantly sought after, and this is one of those movies you will immediately think of when you need to recommend what’s next. I cannot emphasize enough the value of films that break barriers between misconceptions and the thirst for great movies. You watch 100 Days to Live and tell me what you think. Even if you only notice the action thriller factor and don’t explore the deviancy trait of one great villain with a corrupted philosophy. Let’s just talk about it!