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Deadly Illusions is dead on arrival
By ALEXUS CHARAY - It is difficult to describe the mess that is Netflix's
Greer Grammer (L) and Kristin Davis star in Deadly Illusions
Deadly Illusions. After watching the film, the only thing that I can label this movie as is a boring, often confusing, patchy wreck.
The movie centers around a writer who is struggling to make her next novel. She hires a nanny to watch over her kids while she writes, and things start to take a weird turn. The movie doesn't know what it is doing. In some cases, it is suggested that the writer is making things up in her head, but after a series of events, the audience starts to question what is real and what isn't.
This type of confusion is often welcomed in film, being that the uncertainty is gone by the end of the movie. Deadly Illusions never answers these questions or defines reality, so the audience is left with unanswered confusion.
I usually try to overlook acting flaws that I see since they could have been a part of the director's vision, but I feel the need to point it out in this film. The acting was not the worst element of the movie, but there were times where the dialogue was not delivered right or the emotion being conveyed was simply overdone.
Toward the end of the film, there is a plot twist that I'm not too fond of that regards one of the characters. Trying to remain as spoiler-free as possible, the film's twist adds to a harmful stigma that movies tend to present about this specific community.
Instead of a thoughtfully planned-out plot element, this "surprise" character moment was nothing but a desperate attempt to make sense of the horrible plot. There were multiple plot twists thrown in at the end that make me question the writer's decisions and the movie's production as a whole.
Deadly Illusions is just bad. If you are looking for a film that raises your eyebrows and makes you laugh at how questionable it is, then this movie is just for you. Other than that, don't even bother with this movie because it isn't worth the time.