Review: Fatal Secrets DVD

STUDIO: MTI | DIRECTOR: Meir Sharony | CAST: Dina Meyer, Lela Rochon, Lea Thompson, Vincent Spano, Ernie Hudson, Ed Begley Jr., Tess Harper
3/29/11 | PRICE: DVD $24.95
NR | 88 min. | Thriller | 1.78:1 widescreen | Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo | English and Spanish subtitles

RATINGS (out of 5): Movie | Audio | Video | Overall

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Dina Meyer is driven to the brink by Vincent Spano in Fatal Secrets.

Fatal Secrets was originally entitled Balancing the Books until someone decided the name needed to be just a bit more, oh, straight-to-DVDish.

The 2009 film brings together three respectable actresses who we’ve all seen before in much better films: Dina Meyer (Piranha), Lela Rochon (Waiting to Exhale) and Lea Thompson (Back to the Future).

Okay, here’s the story, which hovers somewhere between that aforementioned direct-to-disc category and a Lifetime original movie: Julia (Meyer) is date-raped by a highly unlikeable Scott (Vincent Spano, Alive). Not soon thereafter, Julia’s two loyal friends Sharlene (Rochon) and Rebecca (Thompson) help their gal pal concoct a scheme for revenge.

The problem is, Fatal Secrets has boring direction and poor editing, which keeps it from building the tension it needs for the story to click. It almost feels like first-time producer/director Meir Sharony somehow recruited his favorite sexy actresses from the 1980s and 1990s to make a movie but then didn’t come through with a good project for them.

There’s something satisfying in seeing Marty McFly’s hot mom on the screen. She and the other ladies give adequate performances. And so do their familiar co-stars, Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Ed Begley Jr. (Hair High) and Tess Harper (Tender Mercies).

Although Fatal Secrets didn’t get a release in theaters in the U.S., it did play in a couple of domestic film festivals in 2009 and got a theatrical release in Spain. The movie premiered on German television in February 2011 and enjoyed a rotation on premium cable TV here.


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