Fatal Memories (2015 Lifetime)

Fatal Memories (2015 Lifetime)

Stars:  Italia RicciMagda ApanowiczKevin McNulty

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Psychological thriller. A woman tries to help her sister remember the events surrounding the fatal stabbing of their mother.

Thoughts

An elaborate title sequence happens as Sutton makes her way over to her mother and sister’s house. Sutton uses a hide-a-way- key in a flowerpot and cuts herself. When her mother and sister April do not answer, Sutton becomes concerned. She finds her sister standing over her mother’s stabbed body with a knife. 

April is taken away by the police, and Sutton tells reporters her sister is innocent. (Sutton acts as her lawyer.) April is released from jail and stays with Sutton and her husband, Glenn. April is on anti-psychotics and meets with a psychiatrist. April remembers nothing of the murder, and Sutton wants to force her to remember against the psychiatrist’s advice. Sutton brings her sister to place from their childhood, hoping to jog her memories. The tactic only serves to give April night terrors about intruders in the house.

Sutton and Glenn argue about keeping April in their care, and Glenn warns Sutton to take down her case files about their mother’s death. April finds the articles and has a mental breakdown. To make up for it, Sutton throws April a 21st birthday party. Glenn and Sutton even take a long weekend. With her newfound freedom, April bails on her therapist, claiming to be working with someone else. This, of course, isn’t true.

The long weekend doesn’t last because Sutton and Glenn get into a car accident when their breaks give out. Reporters show up at the scene and interrogate them about someone tampering with the care. Someone like… APRIL! Glenn thinks so and spends the night away from Sutton. Their relationship is on the rocks. 

While Glenn is alone working on some accounting, he starts to feel dizzy, and his vision blurs. He stumbles to the door and struggles to get out of the trailer. Sutton finds her husband unconscious on the ground, and he is rushed to the hospital. The doctors determine that he had critical blindness and is in a coma from carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Even though the detectives think April is responsible for everything, Stutton stands by her sister. April goes back to therapy and starts to remember more about her mother’s death. When April learns that Sutton and her uncle are planning to sell the mother’s house to help cover court costs, April gets angry and stabs a piece of cheese. She sneaks out of the house and returns to the crime scene, hoping it will jog her memory. It just makes things worse because April set off the alarm and detective almost arrest her again. 

April is home alone running on a treadmill and is drugged. It is the uncle who killed their mother. He chases after the sister with a knife and puts a plastic back around Sutton’s head. Then he almost strangles April to death, but Sutton stabs him and cries. He did it to inherit their money, and honestly, what a jerk. 

Glenn survives, and Sutton and April are moving on with their lives. The house is getting sold and Glenn and Sutton are pregnant. Why do these movies always end up with a baby announcement, even if the movie has nothing to do with babies. What is up with that.

Side Note

Minority Report: Detectives, Psychiatrist, Glenn, Doctor,

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Overall rating

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*Photo Credit: © 2015 Lifetime

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