Willa Ford in A Father's Secret (2016)

Attorney Cuts

Everything is going well for Carrie Evans (Willa Ford); she has a good job as an attorney, she has a handsome boyfriend, she is close to her father and gets on well with her boss, Caswell Foxx (Daniel Hugh Kelly), who puts her in charge of a case defending a big oil company. But a chain of events including receiving pictures of her undressing and an encounter with environmentalist Greg Giorna (Aidan Bristow) leads to her secretly looking into other cases involving the oil company and her boss which leads to her discovering suspicious activities of her ambitious boss who Greg believes is the one guilty of sending her those photos.

Where to start when it comes to "A Father's Secret"? Well with this being a TV movie I could mention that there is a typical side as we have the attractive, career minded Carrie doing some snooping and ending up in danger due to what she discovers. I could also mention that the story despite working to a formula has some interesting ideas when it comes to developments including Carrie discovering things about her family she never knew which turn her own world upside down. But the thing I must mention is despite some nice ideas "A Father's Secret" doesn't flow and it constantly feels like a series of rushed scenes tossed together with nothing to really link them together making it feel like it constantly jumps, missing parts of the story out.

This sense of being in a constant rush is one such negative and it causes another when it comes to the acting. Now for me the acting through out "A Father's Secret" is not that great with a lot of the cast playing up to the camera and over playing their characters, making their physical responses too forced but the rushed sense of each scene makes this feel 10 times worse. On top of that there is very little depth to any of these characters and that again causes issues as does the dialogue which often feels unnatural.

What this all boils down to is that "A Father's Secret" ends up a below par TV movie and one which is mainly undone by a sense that a storyline was hacked down to a collection of scenes which in turn have a rushed feel.