Cyber Crime Solving

Dina Meyer and Emily Tennant in Truth & Lies (2015)

Two years after her father died in a car crash Taylor (Emily Tennant) is still haunted by the nightmares of that night. But the nightmares are not the worst thing that Taylor is dealing with as someone who has obtained footage of her sex tape with her ex is threatening to expose her on the social networks. She is not the only one as a former friend is being threatened as is her friend Barb (Sarah Desjardins) who is having a secret relationship with another girl. When things start getting out of hand Taylor has no choice but to drag her mum, detective Allison Sinclair (Dina Meyer), into things.

So to break "Truth & Lies" down we have some creep who knows secrets about a group of teens and using modern social networks and technology to terrorize them. Now not only does this whole teens having their secrets exposed side of things end up incredibly familiar, drawing on some better known big screen movies but it is also ridiculous when it comes to technology. Take for example the scene where the mystery person exposes Taylor's secret homosexual friend, somehow every screen in a cafe suddenly shows the video of her kissing her girlfriend. Okay so I know the scene is meant to be symbolic but it is painfully far fetched in execution.

What that means is that "Truth & Lies" ends up about who the mystery person is behind this. Is it the school's computer geek, maybe it's his friend in the hoodie or how about the new guy in school, Cody, who obviously acts suspicious all the time. It comes down to less about who it is or whether or not "Truth & Lies" is really as obvious as it seems to be as right from the word go it is not subtle. Okay there is also the aspect of why but it is not as important as whether there is anything else to this movie other than what it seems to be suggesting.

What this all boils down to is that "Truth & Lies" is a typical modern made for TV movie which seems to trade on how obvious it is, asking the audience to question whether it is really can be that obvious rather than getting involved in what is going on.

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