'Lies Beneath the Surface' review: Lelia Symington steals the show in absorbing tale of abuse and lies
How do you feel when you are not able to do something for something wrong that’s happening around you? You feel miserable and puzzled. This is primarily the main storyline for Lifetime’s latest movie thriller ‘Lies Beneath the Surface’ and it’s one movie that you don’t want to miss. Most of their movies dwell on “teenagers in trouble” and this one is no different.
As far as 'Lies Beneath the Surface' is concerned, the movie revolves around a woman named Hanna (Lelia Symington) who is running a tourist place called "Kayak Kountry" and finally getting the results that she wanted to. However, things take a wild turn when she witnesses some odd behavior from the mother-daughter duo who just rented the cottage right next to her. From the very first moment, you’ll realize that there is something weird going on in their lives and although they want to enjoy this holiday, they are not able to. Soon, we get to know that the mother-daughter duo is experiencing abusive behavior from the husband and mother-in-law. Hannah tries helping them but initially wasn’t able to and had to face a lot of things. But she knew something was wrong and the mother-daughter duo of Kate and Sarah are in deep trouble.
Like I said earlier, Lifetime is pretty successful in telling intriguing stories, and ‘Lies Beneath the Surface’ is a worthy addition to that extraordinary list. The best part about the movie is how sharp it is and how it keeps you guessing what’s about to happen next. Matt Fitzsimons’ crisp writing keeps you hooked to the screens and it certainly makes you feel nervous and bad about things happening with Hanna. The pace of the movie is really good and the suspense will keep everyone at the edge of their seats. Lifetime movies are known for brisk storytelling and suspense, and this movie is no different.
When it comes to acting, Lelia Symington is undoubtedly the soul of the movie. Her performance makes you realize how talented she is and why she should be getting more opportunities. Her character, Hanna, is a bit conflicted because she wants to help Kate and Sarah, but every time she intends to do that something even more treacherous happens to her. Symington’s performance is what makes the movie higher than the recent thriller movies we have seen on Lifetime. Meanwhile, Sarah Malfara as Kate is brilliant as well.
On the other hand, Rhonda Davis, Michael Perl, and Brett Cormier have done exceptionally well in supporting roles.
Directed by the supremely talented Jose Montesinos, ‘Lies Beneath the Surface’ is a gripping crime thriller with good writing, great performances and a surprise ending that makes the room for a sequel.