The Woman with a Back Tattoo

Anna Lise Phillips in Her Dark Past (2016)

Alice (Anna Lise Phillips) was found in the park with a gun shot wound to the head which is why she has spent 3 months in a coma. When she eventually awakes her husband, Peter (JR Bourne), is sitting next to her hospital bed. The trouble is that she doesn't know him, doesn't know who she is, who her family are and what happened to her as she is suffering from amnesia. But she returns with Peter to their home and slowly with his help she starts to remember some things and learn who she was. It seems they are happy together, that is until she meets Darren (Kevin Ryan) who claims they were in love and she was planning on leaving Peter because he has anger issues. With a tattoo on her back, a ring and a document Alice sets out to learn the truth as to who she was but also what happened to her.

Yes "Her Dark Past" is another TV movie to feature a woman with amnesia who after returning home with the man who says he is her husband begins to discover cracks and so starts trying to uncover the truth, especially as to how she ended up in a coma. As such "Her Dark Past" has that familiarity which comes with a lot of TV movies, those often labelled as Lifetime movies as we follow Alice trying to make sense of her confusing life and inevitably ending up in danger by doing so. In some aspects that familiarity makes this an "easy viewing" movie but at the same time it works against it as there is little to make this stand out from the crowd, especially until everything is solved at the close of the movie.

Part of the reason why "Her Dark Past" fails to stand apart from other TV movies is that the characters are utterly generic and lacking in any individuality. Basically you don't care about the characters and as such care whether or not Alice discovers the truth about her past and what happened to her. On the subject of which, I did say that "Her Dark Past" is "easy viewing" but it is a movie which attempts to confuse with subplots, secrets and revelations except because the characters struggle to gain your attention you end up not caring about any of them, even those which stand out for being far fetched.

What this all boils down to is that whilst "Her Dark Past" is a watchable amnesia based thriller it doesn't stand out from the crowd and as such ends up pretty forgettable.

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