Spoiled rich kid makes good, in standard TV fare

I’ll be honest here, I didn’t hold much hope for this being anything more than your usual Saturday afternoon (home invasion) thriller, and wasn’t disappointed. Well, actually, I was disappointed that it wasn’t better but I kinda knew what to expect. These movies are definitely fodder for the masses, but it’s far from a bad thing. They can be a bit frustrating to review (as witnessed by my ramblings) but you do find occasional little nuggets. This, sadly, isn’t one of them, but it is reasonably entertaining. The Daughter sounds like it should be about the first daughter, but instead, is a bit lower down the food chain than that. Having intruders break into your home and have you do a tell-all confession type scenario is rather played out, and unless your gonna bring something new to the table, what’s the point? The last time we witnessed one, in my opinion at least, was the brilliant Joel Schumacher thriller Phone Booth, starring the very capable Colin Farrell, but this is obviously not a $13 million movie.

The Daughter
Written and Directed by
Jonathan M. Levine
Marian Sorensen, Kevin McCorkle, Drew Howerton
DVD Release Date
4 September, 2013
Influx Grade: C

The Daughter stars Marian Sorensen, and is written and directed by Jonathan M. Levine, with this his first feature. A group of armed men take a group of four twenty-somethings hostage, while they were celebrating Rian Fielding’s (Sorenson) birthday. She just so happens to be the daughter of Tom Fielding (Kevin McCorkle, The Island, Bobby), the new mayoral candidate for Saint Sebastian, but Tom has a few secrets he’s been hiding. Years before he was their fire chief, and when a building burned down in less than ordinary circumstances he ran for cover. He’s behind in the polls and is all but set to lose, and now his daughter and her friends are worth $20 million to their inept captors. I know, it sounds nail-biting doesn’t it? Also starring Michael Teh, Drew Howerton, Brianna Michelle Parcel and Joe Sofranko. Not a brilliant movie, but decent performances and able enough direction make it quite watchable.

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