Too Close to Home
With her husband Greg (Jeffrey Nordling - Baby Brokers) away on a long haul delivery Laurie Philips (Markie Post - Four Christmases and a Wedding) keeps everything going at home, including looking after their daughter, Marilee (Sarah Freeman). But when Marilee doesn't return home, having gone out to play on her bike, Laurie starts to panic and after searching everywhere with the help of her sister, Sharon (Sharon Lawrence - Hearts of Christmas), and her neighbour, state trooper Frank Mayfield (Gerald McRaney - Deadly Vows), she calls the sheriff. After Marilee is found murdered, Laurie takes it upon herself to turn detective to try and find out who killed her especially as the authorities believe it must have been someone Marilee knew and trusted.
Let me first say that "Someone She Knows" is inspired by a true story which of course whilst it tells the gist of the true story you have to take in to account that facts and events, as well as names, have been changed for both dramatic and legal reasons. As such I am sure that those who were sadly involved in this horror or know the true story may be frustrated by these alterations but it does make this a drama which will work not only for the masses but also as a warning shot that you may think you know someone but can you trust them.
But the thing about "Someone She Knows" is sadly it is a story which in one form or another has been told as a movie many a time, and I don't mean just small screen as there have been some big screen movies about missing/murdered children. As such I have to say that whilst "Someone She Knows" is based on a true story at times it feels like it is going through the playbook, such as in a scene where a detective suspects Greg to be guilty as his story doesn't quite ring true and has some secrets. We also see how the loss of Marilee ends up affecting Laurie's relationship to Greg who wants her to move on rather than dwell on trying to solve the case. It isn't that "Someone She Knows" does a bad job of working through the storyline it is that it is done a typical TV movie sort of way.
What this all boils down to is that "Someone She Knows" is the equal of many other true story movies which deal with a missing/ murdered child. What that means is that for those who are familiar with this type of true story movie will find this ultimately familiar as it has scenes similar to those in other movies, although it does do a nice job of creating mystery as to who the killer is.