It’s always difficult to choose any DVD that began its life as a made-for-tv production. It’s always hit and miss, unless it’s a big blockbuster series. Lies In Plain Sight, which originally aired on Lifetime in the US, is one of those movies that tilts more towards the miss side than it does the hit side, but it never fully crosses the line.
Lies In Plain Sight tells the story of Eva and her blind cousin Sofia (Martha Higareda), who were inseparable as children, with Eva the loyal companion who helped Sofia through her tough adolescent years. When Eva suddenly commits suicide, Sofia rushes home to her father, Hector (Benito Martinez), and Eva’s parents, Marisol (Rosie Perez) and Rafael (Yul Vásquez), to find answers. But the more she delves into Eva’s life, questioning her past boyfriends Ethan (Chad Michael Murray) and Christian (Christoph Sanders), the more Sofia realizes that their childhood was actually filled with dark, disturbing secrets.
The entire premise of a blind girl discovering that she is being lied to by her family and friends is actually quite intriguing. It’s a new style of mystery on many levels and can actually tug the heart strings a bit more than a typical mystery would. What hurts the film is its painfully slow pace. The movie begins on the family reuniting around Eva’s death and never really picks up any speed after that.
For the most part, the cast is something you’d expect in a made-for-television movie, but Rosie Perez stands out with her honest portrayal as Eva’s distressed mother. Her reaction during the films climax is one of the main factors this movie never crossed the line into television fluff. To hear she actually was suffering from extreme neck and back pain while filming this only testifies to her professionalism.
Higareda was believable as the blind Sofia and was good at bringing in the compassion when needed. What worked well for Higreda was her ability to carry the audience with her as she unraveled the mysteries around her. It was almost as if we were watching Sofia learn how to see for the first time.
Lies in Plain Sight is good entertainment, but the slow pace might not be enough to keep husbands interested for long. The good news is that for those who do stick around, there is a good, but predictable, payoff at the climax.