Maternal Instinct (2017 Lifetime)

Maternal Instinct (2017 Lifetime)

Stars:  Laura MennellMarcus RosnerKarin Konoval

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

A teenage girl who sees her mother shot goes into hiding with a police detective who grows attached to her as she protects her from the killer who is hunting the girl.


Sarah and her mother are driving to the mall. They drive up on an FBI sting, and the mother is shot while protecting her daughter from a criminal on a shooting spree. The agent (Heather Parker) tries to save them, but the mother is in bad shape and taken to the hospital. Heather’s dick co-worker forces her to protect her for the evening and then promises to take Sarah to child services. Heather reluctantly takes Sarah in for one night only.

The bad guy has other plans and wants to take care of the girl because she saw his face? (I’m assuming. Let it go bad guy. She is a little girl.) The bad guy breaks into Heather’s house and almost gets Sarah. Heather saves Sarah and is now invested in protecting the girl.

Child services arrive and want to take Sarah, but Heather promises to keep a real good eye on her. They are going to create a safe house and keep Sarah there until they catch the bad guy. (I’m only referring to the bad guy as the bad guy because that is what this movie is doing. It is really annoying.) A sexy detective named Travis is at the safe house in a ridiculous hat.

The house has a lot of hiding spots, and Sarah is banned from using all Tech. She is allowed to use her inhaler because she has asthma. Lois is a nosey neighbor who is going to be a problem, I’m guessing. She stops by with a pie and all the gossip. 

Heather (Undercover as Rachel.) and Sarah go out and walk around the downtown area. They run into Lois again, who is very persistent about Sarah coming over to her house. Travis checks on them, and Heather tells him not to worry, “Lois is harmless.” Which means she is probably the bad guy’s boss. 

In the middle of the night, the house alarm goes off. The bad guys kill a cop and are after Sarah. Heather and Travis survey the building and find the back door glass broken. Sarah cries in a closet with her eye pad and is very afraid.

It seems like no one is watching Sarah’s mother because the bad guys walk into the hospital is scrubs and pull the fire alarm. He almost gets her, but the dick cop stops him and scares the bad guy away. 

Sarah is allowed to see her mother, who is in a coma. The mother responds to hearing her daughter’s voice and will get better eventually, the rude doctors say. Sarah is grateful for the chance to see her mom and goes back to the safe house.

The bad guy follows them but goes to the wrong house. He talks to Lois and demands to know where the girl is. He forces her to call them and lure Sarah over to her house. Lois refuses and is murdered by the bad guy. (Have I mentioned his terrible face scar makeup?)

The bad guy sneaks up on Travis when he does his nightly check-in and holds him at gunpoint to access the house. Once inside, he shoots Travis a lot. Heather tells Sarah to run, and the bad guy promises to kill Heather if Sarah doesn’t show herself. Sarah jumps out and talks with the bad guy. Travis manages to shoot the bad guy, and Heather fights with him. Heather gets the gun and shoots the bad guy dead. Sarah is safe. THE INHALER NEVER CAME INTO PLAY?!?! (What a strange detail to include and not pay off.)

One week later, Sarah is reunited with her mother, and Heather has found her maternal instinct. Oh, she is also dating Travis, so that is a big bonus. 

Side Note

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Overall rating

🔪🔪 (2 Knives)

🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine required.)

*Photo Credit: © 2017 Lifetime

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