Collection of Contrivances

Nicole de Boer in Cradle of Lies (2016)

After six years of being in a coma Marissa Davis (Nicole de Boer) comes to and shocks the doctors with her determination to get back on her feet. But Marissa is suffering from post traumatic amnesia and barely remembers who she is let alone anyone else in her life. But after returning home to live with her mum Rose (Iris Quinn) where she is reunited with best friend Heather (Gina Holden) and her politician husband Cal Ward (Lochlyn Munro) bits and pieces start coming back to her whilst a scar on her abdomen leaves her initially intrigued. But after realising she gave birth Marissa starts searching for answers and her daughter whilst a reporter, Ethan Fox (Jason Cermak), tells her the accident which put her in a coma was a hit and run and the person who did it was never caught.

On a good day I might use the word elaborate to describe the twisting plot to "Cradle of Lies" but today I prefer to use the words convoluted, contrived and ridiculously far fetched. And today I am going to say this review of "Cradle of Lies" contains spoilers because trying to describe the craziness which goes on in this TV movie without giving anything away would be impossible.

Lochlyn Munro in Cradle of Lies (2016)

So we have Marissa waking up from a coma with amnesia and she starts to learn things from her past. One of those is that she was involved in a hit and run although she has been told she crashed her car. Then she remembers that before the accident she was carrying a baby girl but when she brings this up she is told her baby boy was born dead. Then there is her best friend Heather who has married politician Cal Ward who is uncomfortable when ever Marissa is around so guess he has a guilty conscience over something. Oh and Heather and Cal just happen to have a daughter who would be about the right age. I will leave the spoilers at this point although I will say there are many more in "Cradle of Lies" including murders and cover ups.

Now all the above to me is extremely contrived and done in such an unsubtle way that "Cradle of Lies" becomes one of those movies which you start wondering how ridiculous it will get before it comes to its inevitably dramatic climax. Yet whilst it means it is impossible to enjoy this as a serious thriller despite it being done seriously it becomes entertaining in almost a bad movie way.

What this all boils down to is that "Cradle of Lies" is the blend of contrived, convoluted and far-fetched which with unsubtle direction and acting making this one of those TV movies which become entertaining but more in a bad movie sort of way.

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