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SAFE SPACE

"Poorly Plotted, Ludicrous Thriller"

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What You Need To Know:

SAFE SPACE is a TV thriller from Lifetime TV. A woman named Lila fights back when her home is invaded by two robbers threatening her autistic son, Ian, who witnessed a murder they committed. Lila runs to the home’s high-tech safe room with Ian and tries to figure out how to make it through the dangerous situation. The two lead criminals make one stupid move after another as they botch their attempts to break into the safe room where the mother and son are hiding.

SAFE SPACE is a poorly plotted, ludicrous attempt at a thriller. From an atrocious script devoid of logic through its ham-fisted direction and grandiose performances, it maintains the Lifetime Channel’s tradition of lazy, formulaic filmmaking. Star Nicole Ari Parker bugs her eyes out a lot while delivering a histrionic performance. Nik Sanchez offers a monotone, inert performance as her autistic son. SAFE SPACE has multiple shootings and several fight scenes throughout, as well as several instances of foul language. It might be wise to find a safe space of your own to avoid watching this terrible movie.

Content:

(B, LL, VV, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Light moral worldview in a story about a woman who fights back when her home is invaded by two robbers seeking to threaten her autistic son, Ian, who witnessed a murder they committed

Foul Language:
Six “s” words, three “d” words, two light profanities

Violence:
A woman is seen from a distance being slammed against a wall by robbers and being killed, with a bloody streak on the wall behind her head. A policewoman is shot dead by robbers to avoid being arrested. Two other people are shot and killed, though none graphically or with blood. Two people are each stabbed in the leg, one with a corkscrew and one with a knife. A woman is chased and slammed against a wall by a thug

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use or abuse

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking content or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
A pair of robbers steal from a woman, they later trespass into another home and repeatedly threaten to harm a mother and son, and a man lies about his identity and intentions, proving to be dangerous to the mother and son after initially presenting himself as a helpful presence.

More Detail:

SAFE SPACE is a TV thriller from Lifetime TV about a woman who fights back when her home is invaded by a pair of robbers seeking to threaten her autistic son due to his having witnessed a murder they committed. SAFE SPACE is a poorly plotted, ludicrous attempt at a thriller and contains some foul language. From its atrocious script that’s utterly devoid of logic through its ham-fisted direction and over the top performances, it was originally a Lifetime Channel movie and maintains that network’s tradition of lazy, formulaic filmmaking.

Lila Jackson (Nicole Ari Parker) is a recently widowed mother who moves into a new home with her teenaged autistic son Ian (Nik Sanchez). Their days plod by with immense tedium until Ian spies a woman across the street being killed by two criminals, Dominic (Mackenzie Astin) and the unhinged Rocco (Drea de Matteo), during a robbery.

The two thugs see that they’ve been caught on video by Ian, and Dominic heads to Ian’s house to take the video file from him. Entering the house by pretending to be a handyman arriving to do some repairs, Dominic raises the ire of Lila when she finds him searching Ian’s room against her orders.

When Lila tries to force Dominic out of the home, she finds his partner Rocco angrily waiting in the kitchen. As Rocco violently threatens them, wanting to rob the home in addition to getting the video back, Lila runs to the home’s high-tech, reinforced safe room with Ian and tries to figure out how to make it through the dangerous situation safely.

Will she be able to get the police to save them? Or will another neighborhood handyman named Neil (Boris Kodjoe) be able to make the rescue?

Star Nicole Ari Parker bugs her eyes out a lot in delivering a histrionic performance, while Nik Sanchez offers a monotone performance as her autistic son. Nik’s performance may be a realistic depiction of autism, but it’s dramatically inert. The two lead criminals, played by Drea De Matteo and Mackenzie Astin, make one stupid move after another as they increasingly botch their attempts to break into the safe room.

Anyone who makes it through this movie will find themselves gasping in awe at the repetitive number of mishaps and poor decisions made by every character. Lila’s bad choices put her and Ian at unnecessary risk throughout SAFE SPACE, while Rocco and Dominic let Lila and Ian slip through their hands again and again.

With multiple shootings and several fight scenes throughout, as well as several instances of foul language, only teenagers and adults should view SAFE SPACE. However, it might be wise to find a safe space of your own to avoid watching this terrible movie.

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