Truth & Lies (2015) Emily Tennant, Dina Meyer, Keenan Tracey, Sarah Desjardins, Kwesi Ameyaw, Stephanie Bennett Movie Review

Truth & Lies (2015)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Dina Meyer and Emily Tennant in Truth & Lies (2015)

Cyber Crime Solving

Two years after her father died in a car crash, Taylor (Emily Tennant - Driven Underground) is still haunted by the nightmares of that night. But the nightmares are not the worst thing that Taylor is dealing with as someone has obtained footage of a tape she made with her ex and is threatening to expose her on the social networks. She is not the only one being blackmailed as a former friend is also being threatened as is her friend Barb (Sarah Desjardins) who is having a secret relationship with another girl. When things start getting out of hand Taylor has no choice but to tell her mum, detective Allison Sinclair (Dina Meyer - Christmas in Palm Springs), what is going on.

So to break "Truth & Lies" down we have some creep who knows secrets about a group of teenage girls and is using social networks and technology to not only stalk them but also blackmail them. Now not only does this whole teens having their secrets exposed side of things end up incredibly familiar, drawing on some better known big screen movies, but it is also ridiculous when it comes to technology. Take for example a scene where the mystery person exposes Taylor's secret lesbian friend, somehow every screen in a cafe suddenly shows the video of her kissing her girlfriend. Okay so I know the scene is meant to be symbolic but it is painfully far fetched in execution and it lets "Truth & Lies" down.

What that means is that "Truth & Lies" is really about discovering who the mystery person is behind the blackmail. Is it the school's computer geek, maybe it's his friend in the hoodie or how about the new guy in school, Cody, who obviously acts suspicious all the time. But what "Truth & Lies" really comes down to is less about who it is but whether it is really going to be as obvious as it seems to be as right from the word go it is less than subtle. Okay there is also the aspect of why the mystery blackmailer is doing what they are doing but it is not as important as whether there is anything else to this movie other than what it seems to be suggesting.

What this all boils down to is that "Truth & Lies" is a typical modern made for TV movie which seems to trade on how obvious it is, asking the audience to question whether it really can be that obvious rather than getting involved in the actual storyline.