A woman is doing yoga by the lake when she is suddenly kidnapped, taken to an abandoned building and shot twice. A book is found on the carpet where she was working with a blanket that reads “Tanya has been saved”, along with photographs of the victim. Shortly after, a man named Gabriel (Colin Egglesfield), shortly after becoming engaged to Rebecca (Heidi Johanningmeier), goes out to smoke and eventually disappears, a similar book found where he was last seen. Rebecca is brought in by the police and tells the serial killer who plagues Windy City is known as the Savior, and one of the officers (Yancey Arias) believes he has found a connection – all of his victims are survivors of suicide attempts. As she looks through the photos of her lost love, Rebecca spots someone who must be the killer … and she recognizes him.
You see, Rebecca works in a suicide prevention group, and she used to answer the phone in a clinic with a tormented young man named Victor Quinn (Gideon Emery). She thought he was dead. He really isn’t. Victor’s motives are something I haven’t really seen in a thriller before, but, again, a trigger warning is entirely appropriate here as “100 Days to Live” is quite candid about suicide – considering that, to survive it, to be unable to save some people from it, and even to go through the ideation of it. In my opinion, Gandhi threads a needle very carefully on matters which might have been perceived as exploitation given the real traumas that suicide faces in the world, but some may not want to venture into this field. emotional mines.
While some of the “100 Days to Live” don’t fit (OK, maybe a lot), Gandhi keeps it moving with enough twists and turns that viewers don’t ask too many questions. It’s one of those movies that keeps the disbelief suspended thanks to absolute pacing, and yet it also has a reasonable degree of character development, especially in the four lead roles. It helps a lot that he has a cast that is up for the challenge, especially Johanningmeier, who is natural and charismatic in a way that really works. (She could totally anchor an NBC drama.) Veteran actor Arias adds gravity as an officer who helps Rebecca try to stay one step ahead of Victor. And Gandhi really loves Chicago, filming it with love that I feel I haven’t seen in a while. Ultimately, the cheesy dialogue and questionable decisions of the third act are easier to ignore due to the passion and dedication to filmmaking both behind and in front of the camera.
On Amazon Prime tomorrow, May 4e.