THE LIE (2020)
Solid performances lift an otherwise stagnant film about the lengths that parents will go to protect their children.
Joey King plays a teenage girl who kills her best friend. In an attempt to cover up her actions, the girl’s parents (Peter Sarsgaard and Mireille Enos) spin lie after lie. Billed as part of Amazon’s “Welcome to the Blumhouse” series, The Lie is more drama than anything else, never quite ratcheting up your investment as a viewer, but keeping you intrigued nonetheless thanks to Sarsgaard and Enos in particular. The entire film leads to a satisfying ending (with a twist, of course) that I for one did not see coming. It feels like there is a lack of plot, aside from the main points, with extraneous characters thrown in the mix and leaps in logic required to get through.
Much of The Lie will probably remind you of a film that you have seen before without being able to pinpoint it; the resolution is the main glue that brings it all together. It certainly left me wanting more, but ultimately plays out like a top-of-the-line made-for-tv film.
Stream The Lie Tuesday, October 6th on Amazon Prime.
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