Escaping my Stalker (2020 Lifetime)
Synopsis (via Lifetime)
Seventeen-year-old Taylor lived on the streets until she was taken in by Larry and Sandy Stewart, who adopted her and gave her a chance at a better life. But the new life Taylor built is threatened when an assailant breaks into her home and seriously wounds her father. Taylor returns to the unforgiving back alleys of Los Angeles to find out who was responsible, triggering a deadly game of cat and mouse with her mysterious stalker.
An old lady looks pictures when a man comes behind her and doesn’t kill her?!? Instead, he tells his grandmother that he has “found her.”
Next, we get some terrible actors playing homeless people in dirty face make up. Is this a community theater production of Oliver? No, this is a very, very bad Lifetime movie.
Taylor used to be homeless and helps kids on the street. Former Baywatch babe and Lifetime movie OG, Alexandra Paul, is Taylor’s adopted mom Sandy. As they leave the homeless shelter, they are watched by a creepy man with a lot of hair. His name is Miles, and he lives with the grandma from the beginning of the movie, and his little brother committed suicide? The grandmother wants revenge on Taylor because she is, in some way, responsible. Miles does his grandmother bidding and is emotionally manipulated by her.
At the skate park, Taylor meets a skater who looks exactly like Miles but isn’t. (Same hair length/color and same forgettable face.) His name is Clu, and they flirt.
Miles sneaks into the house while Taylor’s parents are out with a ski maks, handcuffs and a gun. He almost gets Taylor, but her parents come home early. Taylor’s adopted dad, Jeff, struggles with Miles and gets shot in the leg. Sandy runs upstairs and screams, “WHAT HAPPENED?!” repeatedly.
“Cool” skateboarding happens, and then Clu and Taylor are almost run over by a car Miles is driving. Clu saves Taylor, and they realize that someone is “stalking” Taylor… or TRYING TO KILL HER. Taylor blames her rough past and associating with the wrong people when she lived on the street. Taylor promises her parents that she will be careful. However, she recruits Clu to look into her dangerous past with her. Cue a montage of Taylor skateboarding around town and talking to the bad POC.
Meanwhile, Miles has been working at the homeless shelter the whole time and is close friends with Sandy and Larry. This is how he has been keeping tabs on Taylor. He meets Clu at the shelter and then later kills him with a pocket knife. Before Clu dies, he texts Taylor a warning about Miles. Miles steals his phone and sets up a meeting with Taylor.
Thinking she is meeting Clu, in a dark abandoned warehouse, Taylor is almost kidnapped again but is saved by Danger Z. (Who also gets shot by Miles.) The police arrive and take them into custody for shooting a firearm. Taylor makes bail, thanks to her wealthy white adopted parents. They lecture her until she tells them that she suspects Miles. They call their hacker friends and learn that the info he gave them was fake. (except for his first name.)
Taylor realizes that she knows Miles’s brother. He is one of the street kids she tried to save. She couldn’t stay with him because the nice white people saved her and not him. Taylor blames herself, and her parents immediately talk her out of that thinking. They go to the police to show them what they have learned.
Taylor runs away to save her family from Miles; it doesn’t work because Miles holds them hostage, anyway. He calls Taylor to arrange a meeting while his grandmother talks to Sandy, who is tied up. The grandmother does her villain monologue and who cares. Taylor shows up and is annoyed to see Sandy almost being killed. When she learns that Clu was murdered, Taylor looks indifferent.
Larry gets freed by the boy from the beginning of the movie. Taylor doesn’t need saving, which could be the one redeeming quality in this movie. She grabs the gun from Miles and holds him at gunpoint while his grandmother yells kill orders. Miles disobeys his grandmother and leaves the house, walking right into a police barricade.
Taylor goes to see Miles in prison because… why not!.
Minority Report: Taylor, James, Danger Z, Joe X, Detective Salzman
I hated the white savior trope being used here and all the POC actors being “gang bangers” or homeless.
The actor who played Larry directed the movie as well.
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🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 (5 glasses of wine required.)
*Photo Credit: © 2020 Lifetime