Board to Death (2015) – By Misty Layne

Board to Death is the first film from Broken Lens Productions out of Luton, England. It’s a neo-noir thriller in a short film format revolving around a possessive man and his beautiful unfaithful wife. They play a board game similar to Scrabble throughout in which the woman spells out the names of her lovers while the man takes his revenge. At the end of the game, who will be left standing?

This is definitely not bad for a first film. Actually as far as cinematography and acting go, it’s quite impressive for a first film. These guys and gals have the neo-noir look down cold and it’s such a beaut to behold. So many shades of black and white exist within this story. And while our characters may be few, given the length of the film, they’re all quite capable actors. I found each to be quite believable in their portrayals. If anything was lacking here, I’d have to say it was the script. While I was intrigued with the idea of a board game as method of furthering the mystery, the script was a bit of a mess and didn’t really tie together very well. I like not knowing things in my noir thrillers but I felt like I knew absolutely nothing here and was just watching some douche go around getting his jollies off on taking out guys that maybe possibly slept with his wife. And that was a bit of a turn off.

Overall though, I can see good things in the future from the people at Broken Lens Productions. This was a great first effort (especially with no budget – that is especially impressive!). Want to know more? Visit their website or check them out on Facebook today!