Dangerous Lies Reviews: The last time we watched that an older man leaves behind everything he owned to his caretaker that was good-hearted, it turned out to be one of this year’s best movies.
Rian Johnson’s’ Knives Out’ dazzled everybody with its all-star cast, a gripping plot, and a witty sense of humour, simmering with the nostalgia of an Agatha Christie murder mystery. It revived the splendour of a fading genre, and that gave us hope for its forthcoming whodunits.
Netflix’s’ Dangerous Lies’ shares a wealthy old man and his caretaker’s plot similarities, but that is about it when it comes to comparing the two. From which Johnson tale benefitted, this one lacks everything. It lacks direction and flavour, and worst of all, it doesn’t have the delight that murder mysteries require.
Dangerous Lies Plot
Katie would like to be a doctor, but for now, she is stuck as a caretaker for a guy. The reason is that she’s supporting her husband to get his career on track. Once that occurs, she’ll be free to choose her own course. Or that is what the plan was. Adam is oblivious about career and his life, and this has made matters worse for the bunch.
In the four weeks that she works for him, she develops a good friendship with Leonard. He takes a liking to her and even offers to help her with the cash issues. She’s reluctant to take his money, but she gets so that they can create a little extra Adam to work on the house’s backyard.
Everything goes easily and then Leonard gives in. It looks like he died in his sleep. Detective Chesler comes in to investigate the death, and it seems like an open and closed case, but there is something that she can’t put the finger. Things complicate when it comes to light that Leonard has abandoned everything he owned. When an old case receives the detective’s focus, she smells something fishy about the entire situation.
Dangerous Lies Reviews
There’s nothing like seeing a thriller. A one keeps us on the edge of the seat, in figuring out who the perpetrator is demands our involvement, leaves us dumb-founded together with all the twists in the story, and then some.
‘Dangerous Lies’ does nothing of this. For a murder mystery, that utilizes the familiar horror tropes like a house along with house invasions, there is simply no thrill in the film. When Katie gets a jump scare on a mousetrap, in fact, that your heart races is, and that, also, is highly subjective.
It looks like a good story was beneath, but it’s buried too deep to flesh out the characters or the puzzle. Throughout the film, we get bits, either in the form of a stray episode or as suspicious characters. Start building your personal theories and you try to keep track of what. By the end of it, whatever you might have come up with will probably be better than the way the film finishes.
The Plot Loopholes
By the ending, turn that is several redundant of all the puzzles thrown to crack the case. You wonder why this particular subplot was spent in when the time might have been utilized to concentrate on enlarging the story that is fundamental.
One of the standards of creating suspense is to create a cloud of distrust its characters around all. It shouldn’t be before you begin getting some clarity concerning the motivations of these people till a fantastic portion of the film is over. ‘Dangerous Lies’, however, does not indulge in any of it.
I could go on and on about the many ways in which the film wastes the gift at its end and goes wrong, but that will do nothing to conquer the disappointment. The one thing that you will need to be aware of is that there is nothing dangerous about this movie, and the lies are not really lain when you can see through them.
The film is a slick package, using cinematographer Ronald Paul Richard delivering lots of Hitchcockian angles that are low and bird’s eye views, accompanied by the notes of James Jandrisch’s score with whispery vocals that are occasional.
(The setting could be everywhere, together with British Columbia standing in for Chicago.) But could it be too much to ask with a taste for at least one performance? That is not quite competent, though seldom over the cast. And they are a model of racial inclusiveness, even if it irksome that the two chief actors of colour play characters who are dishonest AF. Have not we moved past that?
Production company: Off Camera Entertainment
Cast: Camila Mendes, Jesse T. Usher, Jamie Chung, Cam Gigandet, Sasha Alexander, Elliott Gould, Michael P. Northey
Director: Michael M. Scott
Screenwriter: David Golden
Producers: Stephanie Slack, Margaret H. Huddleston
Executive producers: Michael M. Scott, Harvey Kahn
Director of photography: Ronald Paul Richard
Production designer: James L.D. Robbins
Costume designer: Sheila White
Music: James Jandrisch
Editor: Alison Grace