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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

#MovieReview - Lila & Eve

Format: Netflix Streaming

Synopsis per IMDB: "Two distraught mothers, whose children were gunned down in a drive-by, team up to avenge their deaths after local authorities fail to take action."

Lila and Eve Trailer

My Review:
Sometimes finding a good movie on Netflix can be quite a chore. Sure, there are tons of options, but many of them do not live up to their descriptions, while others do, and either way, that can be a good or bad thing. So for me, finding something I really like can be a daunting task.

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this jewel! At first I was hesitant to watch it as the description didn't exactly scream "great movie" to me. But Viola Davis is in it. Viola Davis, who I truly see as one of the best actresses of our time. You can't go wrong with Viola Davis, right?


As usual and as expected, her acting was on point, evoking emotion and sympathy and pulling the viewer into the story. But the real surprise for me was Jennifer Lopez's performance. Okay, I happen to love a lot of her movies--Enough, The Wedding Planner, etc. But I have always seen her as a movie star rather than an actor. And yes, there is a difference. But in this film, Ms. Lopez delivers a raw, realistic performance that I dare say may go down in history as one of her best.

This movie was well-written with great direction and camera work. And the twist? Well, I consider myself a plot twist aficionado. It's hard to sneak things by me, yet, this one caught me by surprise.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it if you're looking for a gritty, emotional drama.

5 Stars

Rating Explanation:
5 Stars: Excellent/I LOVED it!
4 Stars: Good/I liked it.
3 Stars: Okay/A decent way to pass the time.
2 Stars: Could be much better./Mediocre/I barely finished watching.
1 Star: Bad/I probably couldn't finish it./Would not recommend.

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