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Secrets in the Attic (2016)

 
 

Abbie in the Attic

Abbie Cobb in Secrets in the Attic (2016)

Rachel (Gina Holden) and her daughter Callie (Abbie Cobb) have inherited her grandmother's old house which happens to be in a small community where a couple of months earlier there was a murder with the killer still on the run. But Callie discovers they have inherited something else as she finds Michael (Max Lloyd-Jones), a teenager hiding in the attic as he has been falsely accused of murder. Having fallen for his blue eyes, blonde hair and big smile Callie agrees to keep his secret but must decide whether to risk his limited freedom or protect him.

I don't know about you but I know 2 things; one it doesn't take much to cause noise in an attic and two trying to move around in one where the floorboards are often at their most creaky is nigh on impossible. As such the basic set up of "Secrets in the Attic" is hard to swallow especially when we have Michael also sneaking not only just in and out of the attic but in and out of the house.

Max Lloyd-Jones in Secrets in the Attic (2016)

But in fairness "Secrets in the Attic" is not just about Michael's ability to move around an old house without a creak we also have the murder which he is falsely accused of. Plus on top of that we have a bit of romance as Callie falls for him in a huge way. The thing is that the whole mystery side of things, as in the murder, just doesn't grip you and it seems that the writers felt the same as there are extra, almost random bits of mystery added in which have little purpose other than to fill the story out and make it 90 minutes.

What this does is turn "Secrets in the Attic" from a movie with a mystery storyline to a movie with an attractive cast with both Abbie Cobb and Max Lloyd-Jones having something about them which probably appeals to a teenage audience. But these are typically characters without much depth and who have dialogue which in the real world would get laugh at.

What this all boils down to is that "Secrets in the Attic" is just a middle of the road, modern, made for TV thriller which ends up as much about the look of the cast as the actual story. It isn't so much that "Secrets in the Attic" is a bad movie but one which suffers from some typical flaws when it comes to the TV movie genre.

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