|Table of Reviews|
Girl in the Bunker – Review
Girl in the Bunker – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes
Elizabeth Shoaf was a happy, loving older sister that took care of her brother after school. So when she didn’t come home one day, her mother got a sick feeling. At that moment, Mrs. Shoaf had no idea Elizabeth was in trouble. Elizabeth decided to walk the quarter mile home instead of getting into a cramped car. On the way home, Elizabeth was approached by a man impersonating a police officer. He told Elizabeth she was being arrested for marijuana plants behind her house. Then he put a device around her neck and told her it was a bomb in case she ran. After they walked past her home and deeper in the woods, the man told her the truth. His name was Vinson and he was kidnapping her. He created an underground bunker with explosive devices and booby traps all around it. If she tried to escape, he would kill her. Elizabeth will be tortured, raped, and beaten over a period of 10 days with only her wits to help her.
Like I Am Elizabeth Smart and Girl in the Box, it’s easy to blame the victim. But you should only villanize one person in this movie, Vinson. He is the sick person that kidnapped Elizabeth because she was the easiest target. She was alone and trusted authority. You will quickly get angry at all the police missteps and Vinson’s accomplices. As Elizabeth is trapped in the bunker, she never loses hope or strength. She uses her brain to gain compassion and leave clues to outsmart her kidnapper. This based on a true story movie did not have to happen, but this movie and Elizabeth’s ordeal can be a teaching tool for your children. Watch it with them and teach them how to stay safe.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars
If that’s the attitude your gonna have maybe don’t bother coming home – Mrs. Shoaf
You need to calm down and accept the situation here – Vinson
Are you gonna kill me – Elizabeth
Hailey Dean Mysteries: 2 + 2 = Murder – Review
Hailey Dean Mysteries: 2 + 2 = Murder – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Naomi just got a big promotion and ran a successful fundraiser to save her school. So everyone is shocked when she emails her boss stating she turning down the job and not coming back. Everyone including Hailey. However, when Hailey’s niece Parker tells her aunt that Naomi wanted to talk to her at the fundraiser because Hailey once worked for the DA, Hailey starts to investigate. Hailey Dean considers Naomi to be missing until she finds Naomi’s jewelry with blood. Now, the police believe this missing person case is a murder investigation. Hailey is determined to uncover the truth no matter who it hurts or who is hurt.
In true Hailey form, she is a step ahead of everyone. But once again, she puts herself in harm’s way and almost gives Fincher a heart attack. With this crime, Fincher and Hailey solidify their unique and strong friendship over a taco truck. All the while, Hailey is dealing with a friend of her late boyfriend. This is the first movie in a 3-part movie series, so a lot is left open-ended. Instead of getting a list of possible suspects with an unlikeable victim, you adore the victim and there are no real suspects. It’s not until the end that you get the final and only criminal.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Fincher, if you were missing, wouldn’t you want me to come looking for you -Hailey
Yeah, like I said more fun – Fincher
I have to fix this – Jeff
Now, who’s changing the subject – Sabrina
Marrying Mr. Darcy – Review
Marrying Mr. Darcy – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Elizabeth is floored when her boyfriend Donovan Darcy ask for her hand in marriage. She is excited to plan a small, outdoor wedding with all their close family and friends. She even decides to forgive Donovan’s Aunt Violet and ask her to attend the wedding. Donovan loves this idea, but Elizabeth regrets it instantly. Violet takes over the venue, date, guest list, food, flower, and even her dress. Soon Elizabeth doesn’t recognize herself or her wedding. She holds her tongue and keeps going until Violet tells her she will need to quit her job to be Mrs. Darcy. Newly hired Elizabeth panics and wonders if she is marrying her loving fiance Donovan or his job as Mr. Darcy.
This is the first Hallmark movie that will make you angry. As Violet takes over with “more suitable suggestions”, you will get frustrated. But not only at Aunt Violet, but at Elizabeth’s lack of strength. She just refuses to stand up for herself. And it affects her engagement to Donovan. While is infuriating to watch, it is a compromise some women and men make to appease their families. Now like all Hallmark movies, this comes to a promising end, but with this promise comes the ultimate compromise.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars
And they say wedding planning is hard – Elizabeth
You really have to thank Elizabeth for me being here. “Family” is really important to her – Donovan
So, I’m not our best friend – Brandon
Nightclub Secrets – Review
Nightclub Secrets – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Zoe Harrington happily teaches creative writing to her students and loves reading the classics. However, her secret passion is for crime novels. But when her sister Rachel commits suicide, she accepts the police findings. Even when her alcoholic mother says otherwise, Zoe believes her sister was unhappy. However, when Zoe starts reading her sister’s journal and Rachel’s friend dies, Zoe decides to investigate. Zoe believes the best place to start is Rachel’s job at a nightclub. There, Rachel was a bottle girl who sold expensive bottles of alcohol for a 20% cut. At first, Zoe is ignored but when she uses her sister tips written in the journal, she gets the job. Soon, she is the #1 bottle girl and #1 target.
Talk about a slow burn. This movie sizzles for an hour and a half about the mystery of Rachel suicide, then it really gets going with a big reveal. This reveal will expose multiple crime syndicates going on in the nightclub. Although the perpetrator is exposed early in the movie, the motives and accomplices are not. So stick with this movie for a surprising and strong ending.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars
Still obsessed with books I see – Rachel
This is what she does. She uses people – Zoe
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