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Dangerous Lies - Film Review

Most of us deal with money troubles at some point in our lives. As the saying goes, ‘money is the root of all evil’ and when it comes to money, we often lose ourselves. You lose trust in others, even those closest to you. People can become deceptive, even if they are good at their core.

Dangerous lies is a Netflix film starring Camila Mendes and Jessie T. Usher as Katie and Adam. They are a young married couple who are facing financial struggles. Katie gets a job caring for an older man who sadly passes away and appears to have left her his entire estate. As the film progresses, the old man’s death and the circumstances around Katie’s inheritance become more suspicious and Katie starts to worry about who she can trust.

There’s not much more I can say without giving away the entire premise of the film and if I do that, then there isn’t much point in watching it. The point of watching a thriller is that you aren’t supposed to know what is happening until the very end. So let’s get straight into it.

There were many things that I liked about the film. The soundtrack was good and they used sounds to create that dark atmosphere. I liked the relationship between Adam and Katie. It was nice seeing them to be young and in love, but also through married love. This is not a story about their relationship but love is still a part of the film. I like how as the audience, we begin to question our perception of the characters as well as questioning what we would do if we were in that situation.

A lot of the time, I see reviews where people say the characters act entirely unrealistically, but the thing is, we never know how we will act until we are in it. These are young people at the end of the day who have come into a lot of money and influence each other about what they should do, fearful that it will be taken away from them. From an outsider’s perspective, some decisions can seem dumb, but in reality, people make dumb decisions every day.

I really liked the bittersweet ending. It felt realistic and deserved. Each character fulfilled their purpose. A part of the ending that seemed fair was that Katie ended up with the entire estate. Now, I know a lot of people may disagree, but we are supposed to like her and she showed her good character throughout.

There aren’t that many bad things to say about it except that it isn’t very thrilling, and that’s kind of the point of this film. The pace is slow and nothing scary happens. It’s a familiar tale surrounding money and inheritance. There are a few spooks but it doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat. There isn’t the burning desire to find out what’s going on. The police seem unhelpful and it’s frustrating how many deceptive characters are in this film but I suppose the title gives it away. It’s all about the trouble lies can cause.

I’d recommend streaming it when you have some free time, especially if you like thrillers. The actors do a good job and it is an interesting premise. Just make sure you have plenty of snacks to get through it.

My rating - 6.5/10

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