Layover (2012 TV Movie)
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I would definitely watch it whenever it airs again on Lifetime. I hope this one will also go to DVD for purchase.
Kaylee Defer from Gossip Girl and the slightly changed but still attractive Lauren Holly are the main cast members.
It's quite amusingly written especially with the Detroit "models" and Detroit jokes. The Russian jokes are a bit thin.
The story is moderately predictable but liked the dialog and the way things unfolded and was filmed.
It could have been painful but it isn't. Not bad.
What keeps me from giving this movie a 10 is that there are a few places where believe-ability is stretched. Part of that is a couple of times where real time is shortened in order to keep things moving and I understand the reason for that.
I've already watched this movie twice and will watch it again when it airs. I hope it becomes available on DVD soon.
It's Suzanne's loyal and abused assistant Rebecca White, Kaylee Defer, who's been fired by her for the umpteen time who tries to get the local police and FBI to locate her former boss before she ends up in her mid thirties as a slave girl for an Arab sheik or Russian business tycoon or even dead if no one what's to buy her for her sexual services. It takes a while for Suzanne to convince the girls to realize that they are being sold into slavery not participated in a beauty contest. But the rub****SPOILER*** in all that is that both Vald & Oscar's boss is really one of the girls or beauty contestants who's undercover and knowing every move that Suzanne is making!
****SPOILERS**** Exciting final with the totally uninterested in the little man or woman Suzanne risking her life for the bunch of not very smart girls in taking on the Russian with the both local police and FBI coming to her and the girls rescue when hope was just about gone. As for Suzanne she finally got a does of humanity in her dealing one on one with the lower class, like her fired assistant Rebecca, in what she went through in the movie in knowing that money & power doesn't make one a better person for them just having it.
Suzanne and Rebecca are driving to a charter flight for Suzanne. That falls through. Rebecca arranges a commercial flight, and gets fired for it. Sigh. Foul weather lands Suzanne in Detroit. Suzanne's reputation keeps her out of the better hotels.
Suzanne ends up in a fleabag motel. She pounds on the wall when the neighbors are noisy, and ends up seeing something she should not have seen, namely Russians who kidnap American women as meat in the (involuntary) sex trade.
Although fired, Rebecca stays on the case. Really?
Rebecca gets Elliot on the case, and Elliot goes to Detroit with her to investigate. They find enough evidence to stay interested.
The Russians finally look at Suzanne's ID, then make a ransom call. Elliot calls the FBI, who jump on the case.
Elliot and Rebecca work on the clues Suzanne sent during the proof of life telephone call. The money drop is made. The FBI trails the mobster who picked up the money. Suzanne manages to escape the handcuffs. One mobster is full time after her.
After the FBI's plan to use a transmitter on the money fails, will Elliot and Rebecca get there in time?
Cinematography: 9/10 There was a little camera wobble, but otherwise fine.
Sound: 9/10 Sound quality could have been better on the incidental music.
Acting: 7/10 Lauren Holly was fine, as were Joe Lando and Gerald Webb. Kaylee DeFer was much better than she was in the wretched Darkroom, 2013. Still, that is treading water compared to being at the bottom of the ocean.
Screenplay: 7/10 Rebecca stays on the case after she's fired? I find that very difficult to believe. It was too bad that the chip-in-the-dog was not remembered until late in the game. Also, the FBI was written as being pretty lame.