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Dangerous Lies

Web of Deception

By Syeda Maham Rasheed | June 2020

Going to the cinema to watch your favourite film is a great experience. But what if all the tickets are sold out? The answer is Netflix. Since Netflix came, it has been much easier for viewers to watch the film as soon as it is released. This also brings to the viewer many Netflix originals like ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’, ‘Bright’, ‘The Kissing Booth’ and ‘Marriage Story’, etc. Previously titled as ‘Windfall’, ‘Dangerous Lies’ follows the same trail.

Directed by Michael M. Scott, the film tells the story of a young couple whose financial struggles are erased by a sudden windfall that opens up a whole new bag of troubles. Without knowing, they are pulled into a complex web of lies, deception and murder. If they have to survive, they need to question everyone’s motives including of those they love. The plot sounds interesting and with Scott as director, the film might have a twist.

The film opens with a swift, neon-tinged introductory shot that takes us from outside a South Chicago diner through the kitchen and around the tables. The credit goes to Ronald Paul Richard for spectacular cinematography.

Katie Franklin (Camila Mendes), the lead actress in the film, works as a waitress in the diner while her husband Adam (Jessie T. Usher) occupies a table, brushing up on sociological theory in empirical corporate analysis for his business degree. Adam soon becomes a hero on the local news when he takes down an armed robber at the diner. The scene is action-packed but it looks like the film very easily moves to the next phase without even giving a hint as to what the whole scenario is about.

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