Tilt Paints Grim Reality Of Turbulent Creative Artist
Tilt Film Review
Director: Kasra Farahani
Writer: Kasra Farahani
Release Date: March 13th, 2018
Release Format: Video on Demand
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 1h 39min
An unemployed documentary filmmaker’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic in the months after his wife becomes pregnant.
There are no added visuals to interrupt the realistic tone displayed in the film, Tilt. Practical and special effects, scare factor are additional absent commodities. Farahani opted to preserve a close focus on a character-driven narrative, the turmoil that would soon engulf a young couple. The chemistry in Tilt has a creative feel and “tragedy” sums the poetic flow of Farahani’s production. While the artistry has exceptional qualities, the technique may not appeal to audiences searching for typical frights and fears.
I found Tilt to communicate a different approach to presenting a downward spiral and the repercussions thereof. Bringing the experimental-like vibe to the forefront are contributions by cinematographer Alexander Alexandrov, film editor Kyle Traynor and Farahani’s camera work.
Tilt has strong set characters that bring the story to life. In particular, I connected with the protagonist/antagonist, Joseph Burns portrayed by Joseph Cross. His daily course as a content creator is a real, heartfelt struggle. The stress of not having a steady income while trying to fulfill passions is an ever-present life for rising performing artists. This is one of many commentaries expressed in Tilt.
Cross depicted a wonderful performance of a man falling into the abyss of insanity. Yet, the cause of his mental breakdown is up for debate. From a loving husband and father, Cross makes gradual changes that transmogrify him into a corrupt soul by the final ACT. The viewer is along for this journey watching his demeanor and psyche decline. Most of the film centers on Cross and his performance takes the spotlight for this production.
Tilt is a slow boiler, borderline snoozer. No offense applied to opening sentence of this paragraph. It is a statement that may be a consensus with a small percentage of viewers. Although I enjoy films conveyed in this circumstance, I felt anxious wanting to know more about the storyline. There’s a large plot hole in Tilt that rivals potholes found in New York City. The writers tease the viewer with a subplot that over time flows into the plot but there is no reveal. I found this to be an insult to the time I invested watching the film.
Kasra Farahani’s Tilt is a newcomer in the field of psychological thrillers. In contrast with other films in the same context, on the market Tilt falls short. To elaborate, the scenes presented are artistic may be too much for the average viewer. On the other side of the coin, Farahani committed excellence providing a reality-based documentary on psychological disintegration. The acting was superb, Actor Joseph Cross steals the show.