Every good horror movie will make the viewer feel something deeply. If you can grab the viewer, and pull their emotions in, you’re going to have a good movie. Better yet, if you can not only pull my emotions in, but also have me looking within myself, you will have a great movie. This is exactly what Kasra Farahani’s Tilt does. This is the kind of horror/thriller movie where the villain seems familiar, and perhaps you see a little of your self in him. Tilt invokes the possibility of what could happen in one’s life if they don’t learn how to control their lives.
Synopsis For Tilt
Joanne has a good job as a nurse and is pregnant with their first child. Joseph is hard at work on a documentary. Life in their little urban house is cozy. But something is off – Joe doesn’t seem excited about the baby. He watches over Joanne as she sleeps. An injury he causes her might not have been an accident. Work on his film – a rambling indictment of American capitalism – is becoming increasingly untethered.
Late at night, Joseph prowls the streets of Los Angeles, deliberately seeking out danger. As he struggles to maintain the routines of his domestic life, his mask begins to slip. Encounters with random strangers have an undercurrent of menace. Joanne is worried about Joseph, but not as worried as she should be…
Throughout the movie, you follow the main character as he slowly loses control of his life. Joseph has a wife, a child on the way, and is trying to make an award-winning documentary. All these things combined begin to take its toll on Joseph. You learn throughout the movie that Joseph has always had struggles with control. A scene at the very end of the movie sheds light on his struggles with control.
What makes Tilt really craw under your skin, is that anyone in the right circumstances could end up doing what Joseph did. How many true crime documentaries have you seen someone who lost control of their lives, and ended up murdering someone? It happens quite often, and Tilt is very realistic in that sense. At times it’s very unnerving to watch.
This is what I love about Tilt. I love when a movie can get me questioning myself, and having deep feelings from seeing the film. Tilt is the kind of movie to watch with friends and then have a deep discussion about the film.
Tilt stars Joseph Cross, Alexia Rasmussen, Jessy Hodges, C.S. Lee, Shelley Mitchell, Jade Sealey, Kelvin Yu, and Junes Zahdi. Cross and Rasmussen really shine in the film as Joseph and Joanne Burns. These two have to carry most of the film, and they both did a tremendous job.
Kasra Farahani does an excellent job of directing the film. The look of the film is very polished, and beautiful. Farahani at times is very artistic in his scenes and gives Tilt a stylistic look. I look forward to seeing any movie he does in the future.
The only problem I found in the film, is that unfortunately most of the plot is centered around mystery. As you watch Tilt, your never quite sure why Joseph is acting the way he does, especially at the beginning of the film. The film gives you very few answers until the very last scene of the film. As you watch the movie, you feel like your waiting for an hour and a half for answers.
Tilt is a great film that left me thinking about the film days after watching it. It’s not very often, that a film leaves me feeling this way, but I feel this is what true cinema should do. When a movie can accomplish this, they have done their job very well as directors and storytellers. It is now available through digital platforms!