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Ungodly Acts – Review
Ungodly Acts – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes
On a playground, the body of Melissa Cooper is found. It appears to be a suicide until the murderer, Adam, comes forward. Adam is a member of the Church of the Blessed Life sect. This sect is run by Daniel Cooper. Daniel started the sect while in college. He meets Melissa and they both prayed together. Then Melissa met Adam and he admits to hearing voices and an exorcism is performed. But this small following wasn’t enough will only a few hours to commit wasn’t enough. Soon Daniel asks his followers to devote themselves fully by dropping out and moving to a farmhouse. Some left but most stay. They start to live in the farmhouse and have a great community until someone ticks off Daniel. Those who have “wrong” Daniel are excommunicated in the farmhouse for months at a time. Later Daniel starts to talk about end days and readies them for the apocalypse by fasting, running drills, and praying constantly. But it’s what he does in private that is the most revealing. So the police are left with one question, did Adam act alone when he killed Melissa?
Inspired by true events, this is the sad tale of “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”. While everyone in this group believes they are doing the right thing, they are falling for a sociopath. Daniel is quick to anger and jealous of his followers’ relationships, studies, and hobbies. He uses God as a means to control his followers. While others can see this is a cult, most within can not. This film is a cautionary tale to anyone seeking something without knowing who they really are in the world. It’s not the best Lifetime drama, but still a good watch. DVR and watch when you have time.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars
God commands you to stay – Daniel
Daniel said she would be saved and go to heaven – Adam
He says he did it under your direction – Sergeant King
I am always here for you, always – Melissa
This isn’t for me – Carl
Yes actually I do – Candace
Be careful Melissa. What’s happening in this house is not Christian – Ryan
Cuddling and Touching aren’t. – Paula
My Daughter is Missing – Review
My Daughter is Missing – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Sara decides to visit her daughter while attending a cybersecurity conference. Her level of expertise is admired by all in attendance. And not just her hacking skills, but her lock picking skills too. She is quickly courted by Stefan to join his police force but turns him down since she will only be in the country for a short while. During this time, she meets up with her daughter Karissa and Karissa’s friend Laura. Later, Sara wants to see her daughter again but Karissa politely says no because she wanted to go clubbing with Laura. The girls are having fun until Laura gets sick. A man tries to pull her off the dance floor but Karissa steps in and takes her to the bathroom. While helping Laura, Karissa calls her mom to tell her about the situation. She promises to call her mom after they get home. But when the call never comes, Sara goes to investigate. After seeing a smashed phone and getting no answers from the club owner, Laura starts to investigate and gets arrested. At the police station, Stefan offers no help or reassurance, but she does meet Alek. Her best friend, for now.
It takes a moment for the crazy to start, but that’s a good build up for the story. It allows you to know Sara’s profession, her love for her daughter, and Sara’s ex’s history. It lays the foundation for her willingness to fight at all cost. The moment she realizes her daughter gone and she has no help, she cries for 2 minutes then goes into fight mode. While she does make mistakes, it’s usually in the heat of the moment and supplies good results. However, her knowledge of hacking and cyber security comes in handy at every turn. You start to wonder, is this possible. And if the panic of a missing teen in a foreign country is not enough for you, she has to deal with trust issues. She is not sure if she can trust the Stephan, the police officer, or Alek, the detective. Both say the other can’t be trusted and both act sketchy. Have fun unraveling this mystery with Sara.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
This makes us vulnerable and no one wants to be vulnerable – Sara
You’re the most dangerous person I’ve caught so far – Stefan
You’re standing over a dead body. The police are on the way. Right now, I am your best friend – Alek
My Favorite Wedding – Review
My Favorite Wedding – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Tess Harper is reliable for everyone in her life including her best friend Amber, her boyfriend Dex, and her job at a hospital. She wanted to have a ring before spring but Dex hasn’t proposed. Tess hopes that while they are at Amber’s wedding, he would be inspired and pop the question. Until he is asked to work over the weekend. Tess tries to keep a brave face but she is disappointed. Begrudgingly she goes to the wedding alone. At the airport, she is picked up a guy whom she believes in a chauffeur, however, Michael is the best man. Michale notices that Tess is wound too tight and Tess notices that Michael hates weddings. Although Tess hopes this will be a nice break, soon the bride needs help. So, Tess to the rescue, but not without Michael first. As time goes on and Dex comes back, big changes will be made to make this their favorite wedding.
This is an easy going film with characters we know (stressed woman, loose man) and a story of which we have become familiar. The jokes are just ok and the story lines aren’t the most original, even for Hallmark. You know what is going to happen and whom it will happen but not why it’s happening in the first place. As Tess, puts her family, friends, and job above herself, she learns a hard lesson. You must take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else. It’s the last 5 minutes, that make this movie.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars
Tess let’s get through this week before planning the rest of our lives – Dex
You, relaxing. What does that look like? – Maddy
Please go. I don’t want to get between you and a fish – Tess
Trick? You’re the one who made the assumption – Michael
Oh I wish, then I could afford this wedding – Henry
No, not to you, Tess. For you – Amber