Christina Cox in Virtual Lies (2012) (aka: Cyber Seduction)

Obsessed Online

When I stumbled across "Virtual Lies" which is also known as "Cyber Seduction" part of me was hoping for this to be a thriller built around the internet. Sadly that isn't the case as whilst the internet is the lead in to the story all we have is another variation on the obsessed theme of a woman being delusional over a man and dangerous when it comes to others in his life. It is a theme which has been covered in a fair few other made for TV movie and as such whilst we have a pretty cast lead by Christina Cox there is little else to it to make "Virtual Lies" stand out from the crowd.

Things between Jamie (Christina Cox - No One Could Protect Her) and her husband William (Marc Menard) have become tense ever since money got tight and when she sees William behaving secretively on his computer she decides to sneak a look. What she finds out is that William has been having flirty little chats with a woman online. What neither William nor Jamie realises is that the woman he has been flirting with is Alison (Ali Liebert), the receptionist at their doctor's who has anger management issues and decides to try and remove Jamie from the picture.

Ali Liebert in Virtual Lies (2012) (aka: Cyber Seduction)

So as I mentioned "Virtual Lies" is basically your bog standard obsessed movie and is all about the lengths which Alison will go to destroy Jamie whilst neither Jamie or her husband know it is her behind the trouble. Now this is where it gets ridiculous as Alison is a young woman who we discover has anger issues and works as a doctor's receptionist yet has the computer skills of someone working in the computer industry. There are a lot of ridiculous elements to this which ruin the movie and make you laugh because of how unbelievable they are. And these ridiculous moments are interspersed with a lot of cliche elements such as when unwittingly they ask Alison to baby-sit and so she steals some of Jamie's things.

But there is also an amusing sense of irony about "Virtual Lies" as Jamie works as an anger management expert, counselling young people who have been ordered to seek help. If anyone in this movie needs help it is Alison whose anger constantly boils over in ridiculous ways.

The one thing which "Virtual Lies" has going for it as do many of these modern TV movies is the simple fact that the cast, especially Christina Cox is attractive. It means that whilst her character and the other characters are ridiculous you don't mind watching them.

What this all boils down to is that "Virtual Lies" is a reworking of a familiar theme about a dangerously delusional woman trying to destroy another. The fact that so much of it is ridiculous is what spoils it as the basic idea whilst familiar could work.