Last night, I watched the latest Lifetime premiere, Into the Arms of Danger!
Why Was I Watching?
The obvious answer is that I was watching it because it was on Lifetime. However, I was also watching because I absolutely loved the title. Into the Arms of Danger is just so wonderfully overdramatic that there was no way I could resist it.
What Was It About?
Basically, it’s a Lifetime version of the classic 1980 grindhouse film, Mother’s Day. Two weird brothers pretend to be EMTs and kidnap young women, forcing them to go home and pretend to be a member of their family. They do it all to keep their crazy mother (Cathy Moriarty) happy.
In this film, their latest victim is Jenny (AlexAnn Hopkins), who is kidnapped after she wrecks her car and makes the mistake of calling 911. (The brothers basically intercept 911 calls, which was kind of weird.) Jenny just wanted to go to college and get away from her overprotective mother, Laura (Laurie Fortier). Instead, she’s now being held prisoner and is forced to wear an explosive ankle bracelet. It kind of sucks.
Laura knows that her daughter has been kidnapped but she can’t get the police to take her seriously. They think that Jenny has either just run away or maybe she’s gotten involved with drugs. Either way, they’re attitude is, “Don’t bother us with their domestic problems.” So, it’s up to Laura to figure out what has happened to her daughter and to rescue her from the …. ARMS OF DANGER!
AlexAnn Hopkins and Laurie Fortier were believable as mother and daughter. You believed that they not only cared about each other but that they also frequently got annoyed with each other. That’s the secret to realistically portraying a mother/daughter relationship on film. You have to capture both the love and the annoyance.
Cathy Moriarty gave a good performance as the demented mother. For film buffs, Moriarty is a bit of a legendary figure. She made her film debut in Raging Bull and received an Oscar nomination. She was incredible in Raging Bull and still is a great actress. Unfortunately, shortly after making her debut, Moriarty was in a serious car accident and spent several years recovering. As a result, when she returned to films, she rarely got the type of huge roles that she undoubtedly deserved. She’s still one of those actresses who, when you see her name in the credits, you know that she’s going to give a good performance.
In fact, the whole crazy family dynamic was well-done. They reminded me a bit of the family from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, just with less blood and cannibalism.
What Did Not Work?
Usually, I can suspend my disbelief when it comes to Lifetime films. I mean, we don’t watch these films because we’re expecting them to be a 100% realistic. But the whole thing with the brothers pretending to be EMTs was just a bit too much for me to buy.
“Oh my God! Just like me!” Moments
More like, “Oh my God! Just like my mom!” moments. As soon as Laura jumped in her car and drove all the way out to a party just to keep Jenny from accepting help from a strange boy, I was like, “Oh my God, I know just how Jenny feels!” Myself, I would always very dramatically roll my eyes and go, “Mom!” whenever stuff like that happened. Looking back, my mom was usually right, though.
If you wreck your car, never call 911.