Last night, while overseeing the first day of horrorthon, I still found the time to turn over the Lifetime Movie Network and watch the 2019 thriller, Deadly Excursion!
Why Was I Watching It?
The film premiered way back in January. I watched it on Lifetime but, for some reason, I didn’t get a chance to review it. I may have been busy trying to keep up with all the Oscar news. Who knows? So, when I saw that Deadly Excursion would be re-airing on the Lifetime Movie Network last night, I was like, “Yay! It’s a second chance to do the right thing!”
What Was It About?
Sam (Samire Armstrong) needs a vacation! Not only is she recently separated from her cheating husband (Corin Nemec) but her daughter, Ellie (Alexandria DeBerry), will soon be leaving home. Sam and Ellie head down to Florida where, during their first night in paradise, Sam meets the charming Javier (Callard Harris) and Ellie meets Javier’s brother, Ian (Jonathan Bouvier). Javier invites Sam to spend the day on his boat. Despite barely knowing him, Sam agrees and decides to bring along her daughter.
Well, as you probably already guessed, Javier is not the nice guy that he pretends to be. Anyway, one thing leads to another and soon Sam and Ellie are trapped on an island where they have to figure out how to survive while being stalked by international criminals.
Paradise may be deadly but it’s still very nice to look at. The ocean, the island, the beach, the blue sky, the green trees, this is a film full of pretty views. This is one of those films that will make you want to take a vacation, though hopefully not a deadly one.
Samaire Armstrong and Alexandria DeBerry was well-cast and convincing as mother-and-daughter while Callard Harris and Jonathan Bouvier were both properly menacing. Harris especially did a good job of playing up Javier’s sleazy charm. And, of course, Corin Nemec was his usual likable self.
What Did Not Work?
Obviously, any melodrama is going to require a certain suspension of disbelief but Deadly Excursion occasionally took it a bit too far. Samaire Armstrong did the best that she could with the character but, at the start of the movie, Sam was often just too naive to be believed.
“Oh my God! Just Like Me!” Moments
I related to the relationship between Sam and Ellie. It reminded me of my own relationship with my mom, back when she was newly single and I was a bratty teenager.
The film also reminded me of the trip that my mom, my sisters, and I all took to Hawaii the summer after Erin graduated from high school. It was a fun trip to paradise but it was also kinda disturbing because there was this obviously sleazy beach bum who totally fell in love with my mom and who just would not stop showing up and trying to convince us all to come party with him at some isolated spot that apparently only he knew about. Finally, we were all just like, “Dude, it’s not going to happen!” He looked really depressed at the news but he stopped following us around. If only Sam had been willing to say the same thing to Javier.
Don’t get on a boat with a strange man that you barely know. Actually, if you needed a movie to teach you that, you should probably be a little bit concerned. I mean, it’s just common sense, right? But, still, it’s a good lesson. Another good lesson is that, if you ever do find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere, a good plan is to call Corin Nemec. He’ll do his best to rescue you.