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Dangerous Lies (2020)

Drama | Thriller 
Rayting:   5.2/10
Country: USA
Language: English

When a wealthy elderly man dies and unexpectedly leaves his estate to his new caregiver, she's drawn into a web of deception and murder. If she's going to survive, she'll have to question everyone's motives even the people she loves.

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kristinesklarz 1 May 2020

Believe the negative reviews. What were you thinking Netflix???

Vaki1234 30 April 2020

This is one of these films you really wonder how and why they were made. Generic boring "thriller" with zero thrills, full of plot holes and things happen with no meaning,just to happen.

eelen-seth 30 April 2020

A few months after the tragic events at the diner Katie Franklin (Camila Mendes - Riverdale) worked at, she finds a job as a caretaker to a wealthy elderly man in his rather large, empty Chicago estate. The two grow close, but when he unexpectedly passes away and names Katie as his sole heir, she and her husband Adam (Jessie T. Usher - The Boys) are pulled into a complex web of lies, deception, and murder. If she's going to survive, Katie will have to question everyone's motives - even the people she loves.

Dangerous Lies' main plot sounds intriguing, but fails on multiple levels. Especially because the film just feels so "been there done that". It's not only incredibly predictable, it also just lacks anything remarkably interesting. It all starts with the plucked-out-of-Riverdale looking diner, drizzled in pink neon lights, where a robbery goes wrong. Not only does it all look like your ordinary pop music video, it also sounds like it, with songs playing every now and then during the film. After a four month time jump, our happily married couple is still worrying about their finances and the most mysterious people start entering their new lives.

Mendes might be a fan favourite as the iconic Veronia Lodge in Riverdale, but clearly lacks the skills and maturity to pull off the emotion that is necessary to lift David Golden's feeble script to another level and save herself out of this train wreck. Golden, who has written about ten Christmas films for Hallmark, misses the mark and stacks cliché after cliché, until the formulaic and unsatisfying ending feels like you've been given a lump of coal. Together with director Michael M. Scott, both are clearly in over their heads and feel a bit lost when it comes to leveling up to a genre that's rather new to them.

If it wasn't for Rizzoli & Isles-star Sasha Alexander's professional and convincing work playing detective Chesler, the supporting cast consisting of former heartthrob Cam Gigandet (The Magnificent Seven) and Jamie Chung (The Gifted) would've been a complete waste of energy and anyone's time.

When trying to find some positives in a film of this kind, you go looking for the smallest things. Unfortunately the weak score and displeasing colour grading doesn't help with setting the mood in what could've been a decent thriller. The only pleasant technical aspect of the film is the charming house most of the story takes place in. Hardwood floors, an authentic old stained glass skylight and spacious rooms make this film a wee bit more pleasant to look at. Not quite sure if this was an actual location or a set build for the film, but what did get annoying was the amount of times the city of Chicago had to be mentioned, as if it was some sort of bizarre product placement by the bureau of tourism.

Despite all of its weaknesses, Dangerous Lies isn't boring. It's one of those Netflix films that looks appealing to the masses, and it also helps to have one of your own stars playing the lead in what will for sure keep the die hard Riverdale-fans out there entertained during this worldwide lockdown. As a '90s thriller this might've worked, but even for the streaming giant this low budget "teen-thriller" is unacceptable.

newmountainmusic 2 May 2020

I'm not sure what people expect anymore? It's like nothing is good enough. Was this a masterpiece that I will watch over and over? No. Was it a good way to kill an hour and a half? Yes.

The movie was enjoyable enough. Not everything has to be blockbuster material to be good. And those criticizing the acting? I'm not sure what movie you watched, but the acting was just fine.

Was the story super original? Nah. Who care? It's an escape from reality for an hour and half. People need to chill. I'm starting to think that a lot of the reviews on here are just from bitter people who don't like anything.

Check it out and decide for yourself. You can always turn it off if it doesn't grab you in the first 20-30 minutes.

hoops92 1 May 2020

What even is this ? Why was this allowed to be made ? Who sanctioned this film ?

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