Justice for Natalee Holloway (2011) Tracy Pollan, Stephen Amell, Scott Cohen, Amy Gumenick Movie Review

Justice for Natalee Holloway (2011)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Tracy Pollan in Justice for Natalee Holloway (2011)

The Nightmare Continues

Whilst others have moved on with their lives since the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, her mother Beth (Tracy Pollan) is still struggling as she needs closure and for someone to pay for what has happened. That person is Joran Van Der Sloot (Stephen Amell) who is still living it large, picking up women where ever he goes. When it appears that Joran is behind another woman's murder Beth ends up helping the FBI to bring Joran to justice.

It has been a little while since I watched "Natalee Holloway" and there is plenty of detail which I have since forgotten. Interestingly that raises an important point because whilst it sporadically gives the audience a reminder of what happened in the first movie, if you haven't watched it or have forgotten parts this sequel "Justice for Natalee Holloway" becomes a bit of a struggle at the beginning.

Now what happens in "Justice for Natalee Holloway" is quite simple as it boils down to really two things and that starts with Tracy Pollan's characterisation of Beth as a woman unable to rest until she gets justice. And Pollan certainly makes Beth a woman committed to getting justice to the point the word obsession comes to mind, it is even mentioned by another character. It is a full on performance and one which certainly grabs your attention from start to finish.

But this then evolves and we see Beth working with the FBI to try and capture Joran who is having financial difficulties and so is trying to play people for cash telling one story after another before ending up killing a woman he takes back to a hotel room. It is all quite interesting but it lacks the emotional impact of the first movie as it always seems to be in a rush to deliver a scene and for Tracy Pollan to act desperate in getting justice.

What this all boils down to is that "Justice for Natalee Holloway" is an entertaining follow up to the 2009 movie "Natalee Holloway" but it is a movie which seems constantly in a rush to get to the next scene and the next moment of angst from Tracy Pollan as Beth.