Safe Room (2022 Lifetime)

Safe Room (2022 Lifetime)

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Cast: Nicole Ari Parker, Drea de Matteo, Boris Kodjoe, Mackenzie Astin

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

The Lifetime thriller, Safe Room, centers on recently widowed Lila Jackson (Nicole Ari Parker) and her 14-year-old autistic son Ian (Nik Sanchez). Since the death of her husband, Lila is grateful for their kind neighbor Neil (Boris Kodjoe), who looks out for them. After Ian accidentally witnesses a break-in in the house across the street and records the horrific murder of the homeowner, Lila becomes embroiled in a deadly struggle to protect her son from intruders Dominic (Mackenzie Astin) and Rocco (Drea De Matteo), who will stop at nothing to retrieve the video evidence of the crime and silence them.

Recap/Wine Thoughts

Lila is a single mother raising her teen son, Ian, who lives with OCD and is on the autism spectrum. He struggles with change and is mourning the loss of his father. The pair has moved into a new home and is getting settled. Ian is very tech-savvy and has the house tricked out with gadgets. Lila gives Ian a “Safe Space” for Ian to explore his technical curiosities. 

Ian is homeschooled and has way too much time on his hands; he is filming with his video camera out the window and witnesses a neighbor being murdered. The killers see him recording, and Ian is next on their hit list.

A handsome neighbor named Neil comes over to introduce himself and offers to fix a broken door. Lila is thankful for the kind gesture and takes his card. 

Lila thinks nothing of it when a repairman shows up and shows him around her home. Ian sees the man and knows that he is the killer. The killer attacks Lila, and she beats him with a bat. She locks herself and her son in their safe room. 

The killer demands to know where the camera is, and he promises to leave once he destroys the tape and gets rid of any copies in the cloud. Lila agrees to come out of the safe room to look at their laptop. She stealthily grabs a shard of glass from the floor along with her son’s bracelet to help him when coping with his OCD. The killer watches Lila delete the files and almost leaves, but his partner shows up.

The killer’s partner, Rocco, shows up and she isn’t as chill as Dominic. Rocco knows that Lila and Ian can’t make it out of there alive. She attacks Lila, but Lila stabs her in the leg. Lila locks herself back in the safe room with her son.

Ian tells his mother that he witnessed a murder, and she is quick to say to him to forget he saw that or they are both dead. Then they have snacks! 

The REAL repairman shows up but is sent away by Rocco. She then gets out a big ass drill and tries to take down the door, but apparently, it is made of some impenetrable material. (Despite looking like a standard door.)

A police officer arrives on the scene and is convinced by Dominic that things are all good. She has a gut feeling that something is off, which is confirmed when Ian and Lila get the door intercom working. The cop storms the front door, but Rocco shoots the cop with her gun.  

Rocco seems unfazed by all the killing. She bosses Dominic around. They are distracted and don’t notice Ian sneaking out of the safe room to get his cell phone. (Which is riskier than it sounds because Ian is easily distracted.) 

Ian, of course, makes a sound and is almost caught by the killers. Lila rushes out of the safe room to save her son. With the cellphone in hand, they get back to the safe room, but not before Rocco slashes Ian’s leg with a pocket knife.

Lila uses the cellphone to text Neil, the neighbor, for help. He calls 911, and then decides to break into the house to save them??? (WHY!) Well, because he isn’t actually helping them. He is Rocco and Dominic’s boss and wants to kill them too. Neil puts Rocco in line, and Dominic begs Neil not to kill anyone else. Neil realizes that Dominic is a weak link and shoots him dead.

Neil shuts off the air supply to the Safe Room. Ian and Lila are on borrowed time before they run out of air. 

Ian turns on the faucet in the bathroom and overflows the sink causing an electrical short circuit that kills the power to the house. The distraction gives Ian and Lila their chance to escape. They head downstairs but are caught by Neil. 

Neil and Lila fight while Ian runs next door for help. Lila grabs a frying pan and hits Neil in the face; she breaks his nose with a bat. She finally shoots him twice, and the police arrive. Lila and Ian survive the night. They are safe… room.

Side Note

Minority Report: Lila, Neil, Ian, Police Officer, Neighbor, 

To those wondering, Nik Sanchez is an actor with autism and was in a Hallmark Christmas movie this year with Holly Robinson Peete.

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*** I’ve updated the rating system moving forward. Knives represent # of kills. Wine is over enjoyment (NOT a value judgment) on a 1-5 scale.

 I will use the following tags for those who want to know whether to watch or skip: Pour it Up (Would Recommend) or Put A Cork In It (Would Not Recommend). 

Overall rating

Number of Kills: 

🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪 (5 Knives)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine.)

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1 Comment

  1. Please don’t watch this movie. It’s SO bad, the two main characters are dumb as rocks. The others are even dumber. Can’t believe that they came out with the atrocity of a movie.

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