Family in Hiding (2006)
Who Needs the Protection
Carol Peterson (Brenda Strong) is a busy single mum who already has a bit of a stressed relationship with her two teen children because she works so much. But things become even more stressed when walking back to her car one day she witnesses the murder of a prosecutor and after going to the FBI the family's life is turned upside down as they are placed in the witness protection program. But between Carol's daughter wanting to get in touch with her boyfriend and a mole in the FBI they are not safe.
Just because a movie is text book does it make it a bad movie? It is a question I find myself facing far too frequently as I find myself watching yet another movie which if I changed the names and places would become another movie I had watched at some other time. It is the question I found myself facing after watching "Family in Hiding" a drama about a single mother and teen children tossed in to the witness protection program but between a mole in the FBI, the deadly man after the mother and a loved up daughter who puts them at risk it is simply text book. In fact "Family in Hiding" is so text book that you are likely to forget it just days after watching.
Now in searching for something positive to say about "Family in Hiding" I find myself unable to as there is nothing stand out about it, even the predictable close shaves as bad guys track them down is ordinary at best. But at the same time it is not completely terrible with the likeability of Brenda Strong playing a huge part in keeping you watching. But even then between the dull dialogue and a bad wig even Brenda Strong struggles to make "Family in Hiding" decent.
What this all boils down to is that "Family in Hiding" is forgettably ordinary from the style to the story and unfortunately despite moments of drama it is dull. If it wasn't for the fact that Brenda Strong is such a likeable actress then this would have ended up a lot worse.
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