Call a Different Midwife
Sara (Katie Savoy) and her husband Daniel (Billy Armstrong) have moved to where he grew up to start their family, which with Sara being several months pregnant is not far off. But with no friends and purposefully avoiding any contact with her mother, Sara is feeling very much alone which is hard going when she is dealing with being pregnant. It is outside the hospital, following a check up, that she meets Jina (Penelope Mitchell), who says she is a mid-wife and soon they are not only best friends but Jina has moved in to help Sara during that last few months of her pregnancy. But unbeknown to Sara and Daniel, Jina has ulterior motives for befriending Sara.
"The Midwife's Deception" gives us a pregnant woman and a midwife who are pregnant woman doesn't bother to check up on when it comes to her credentials. That clearly spells some sort of psycho situation and so we watch as in this case Jina starts the ball rolling on her plans, she installs hidden cameras, tries to get between Sara and Daniel and so on and so forth. But "The Midwife's Deception" does pose some questions along the way: is Jina traditional in that she plans to steal their baby when it is born or is she working with someone else. That mystery comes from Sara and Daniel trying to stay off the net so her mother can't find her. And so in fairness as the movie plays out we get the usual but we also get the mystery which thankfully keeps you semi-involved.
But "The Midwife's Deception" feels like it is following a trend for 2018 made for TV thrillers and as such this has for me a lack of atmosphere. Oh there is a variety of background music during various scenes such as repetitive little tunes played high up on a piano but for me that atmosphere which draws you in never presents itself. What also doesn't present itself is character depth and this has the sense of we have characters but no build up to them and so we struggle to become drawn in to them. In fact this is a thriller which has some ridiculously annoying characters who don't feel like they should be in the movie.
What this all boils down to is that "The Midwife's Deception" is this frustrating mix where some of the movie's mystery is not bad but then there are elements which are just wrong and sadly they outweigh the good stuff so that in the end this ends up another weak made for TV thriller.