"Escaping Domestic Abuse"
What You Need To Know:
’TIL DEATH DO US PART captures an important theme: the atrocities of domestic abuse. It ends with some startling facts about domestic abuse and a number to call and get help, but the movie has some serious flaws. It’s too melodramatic. Also, the scenes of violent action and abuse come off as fake and forced. It’s evident everything was shot in one location on a small budget. ’TIL DEATH DO US PART is entertaining, with suspenseful moments and some good scenes, but it won’t leave viewers begging for more. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for strong violence, adult subject matter and brief foul language.
(BB, L, VV, S, AA, DD, MM) Strong moral worldview overall promotes biblical virtues of love, compassion and friendship while rebuking greed, envy, violence, and domestic cruelty; three obscenities (including one “f” word); strong domestic violence, husband chokes wife and throws her on the floor, husband pulls wife’s hair, husband kicks and shoves wife, implied rape scene where husband forces himself on wife on him, visible gashes and marks on woman’s face, two men punch each other and wrestle on the ground, man breaks a glass on another man’s head resulting in heavy bleeding, man stabbed with knife, man shot five times so blood, and loud crash and visuals of a car colliding with another car; implied marital rape, brief sex talk, husband and wife kiss each other on their anniversary and cuddle, woman kisses boyfriend; no nudity; moderate alcohol use, but heavy social drinking, husband and wife drink wine their friends, at dinner and at social events, man drinks whiskey with his friend at a bar, one scene of man taking excess shots at a bar after he thinks wife is dead; no smoking but one use of a drug injection to fake a death; and, strong miscellaneous immorality includes heavy domestic abuse, lying, greed, pride, revenge, and dysfunctional family.
@’TIL DEATH DO US PART has a good overall message with a strong desire to raise awareness for victims of abuse. The dramatic thriller is engaging with suspenseful scenes but reads more like a long soap opera cast with flawless actors in too much makeup and melodramatic scenes.
The movie begins in a beautiful home overlooking Los Angeles. Madison and her husband, Michael, are celebrating their first anniversary drinking red wine and cuddling on the couch. Madison tells her husband her desire to be a mother and have children soon, but her husband is very firm with her when he tells her he does not want children now. She brushes off the notion and continues to take pregnancy tests religiously while hoping one will be positive.
That week, Madison throws a big anniversary celebration for her and her husband. She has drinks with her best friend who has suspicions her husband may not be all he’s cracked up to be. “No man is that good,” her friend tells her, but Madison assures her he’s the best.
After the party, Madison discovers her husband has been taking injections so she can’t get pregnant. She is filled with rage and hurt that he lied to her about this. She yells at him when he comes home after work, and he hits her for the first time. After that, the abuse spirals quickly. The beautiful wife becomes a victim of abuse where she spends her days in fear and worry. She tries to hide the marks on her face from where her husband hits her, but her best friend notices and begs her to leave Michael.
Madison ends up getting pregnant. She is happy and think this will improve her marriage, but it doesn’t. Her best friend comes up with a plan to fake her death so she can escape from Michael.
Madison is desperate to get out and agrees to go forth with it. She crashes her car, takes an injection that passes her out and is rushed to the emergency room. Her best friend pays a man to pretend to be a doctor and inform her husband she has passed. Her husband believes the man and spreads her fake ashes in the lake.
Meanwhile, Madison changes her name to Kate and moves up to the Bay area. Her lavish life filled with cocktail parties is gone. She is a single mother, waiting tables and living on her own, but she’s happy. She starts dating her neighbor, Taye Diggs, and finally has a good relationship going with a sincere man. Everything is looking up for her until Michael discovers she’s not dead. He pays some men to find his wife.
’TIL DEATH DO US PART captures an important theme – the atrocities of domestic abuse. The movie ends with some startling facts about domestic abuse and a number to call and get help, but it has some serious flaws overall. It’s like watching a melodramatic soap opera. Each emotion is heightened to a degree of unbelievability. Also, the scenes of violent action and abuse come off as fake and forced. It’s evident everything was shot in one location on a small budget.
’TIL DEATH DO US PART is an entertaining movie with some suspenseful moments and a few good scenes, but it won’t leave viewers begging for more. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for strong violence, adult subject matter and brief foul language.