18 November 2016 | rajajuju
parody presented as non-parody?
I saw this was produced by "The Asylum" which is the same team behind Syfy "hits" like Z Nation and Sharknado, etc. This was the only reason I continued to watch, as I normally have no interest in Lifetime shows or movies at all.
I honestly had the feeling that the movie was written/directed/produced in the same manner as a parody film like "Airplane", or "Scary Movie", and that they just dialed it back a tiny bit so it was not too overtly apparent. The end result is apparently the standard kind of Lifetime movie that all the girls and womens and other bon-bon chompers love to watch, all curled up under a cozy blanket or whatever.
Its so, so, so trite - so contrived - so utterly ludicrous. Its definitely laughable, on its face - but again the whole premise is just boring enough so that it actually rides the line between complete farce and standard TV movie. If this was intentionally done - its fairly brilliant. I can see this as a winning formula for subversive production teams who are forced to somehow pay the bills, and yet still wish to leverage their particular talents and skills. Its almost Troma-like in its blatant and wanton stupidity.
So, Im not sure what kind of rating to give it - because I could be reading far too much into this. It could be a very honest and earnest attempt at a "solid Lifetime movie", whatever that is. I just have a hard time thinking the guys behind Sharknado would be able to do something like this without recognizing the inherent tongue-in-cheek nature of the material.
Its worth a watch in this light, if you don't have anything better to do. Somewhat fascinating in a "what if..." kind of way.