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Fatal Defense (2017)

A single mother signs up for self-defense classes from a handsome instructor. But he develops a frightening obsession with her and orchestrates an increasing deadly array of "tests" to see if she has truly learned from his lessons.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ashley Scott ... Arden Walsh
David Cade ... Logan Chase
Sherilyn Fenn ... Inspector Banks
Tannis Kristian Bailey ... Cindy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marshall Duncan Marshall Duncan ... Coach Harrison
Madison Erceg ... Student
Laurie Fortier ... Gwen Walsh
Sophie Guest ... Emma Walsh
Andrew J. Jackson ... Martial Art student
Shon Lange ... Rory (as Shon David Lange)
Mary Malloy ... Marie
David Paladino ... Thief
Eric Shackelford Eric Shackelford ... Tai Chi student
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A single mother signs up for self-defense classes from a handsome instructor. But he develops a frightening obsession with her and orchestrates an increasing deadly array of "tests" to see if she has truly learned from his lessons.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En defensa propia See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Maple Island Films See more »
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16 : 9
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The detective first responds to the warehouse and later to the forest for a known violent kidnap/homicide suspect and does not call for backup, such as an officer that would be closer than her. See more »

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The premise alone is so eye-rollingly rote that even if it were to have been executed competently I'd be surprised if the feature was anything other than cripplingly mediocre.
9 October 2017 | by Pjtaylor-96-138044See all my reviews

The premise alone is so eye-rollingly rote that even if it were to have been executed competently I'd be surprised if the feature was anything other than cripplingly mediocre, an uninspired amalgamation of every day-time television trope one can think of forced into the constraints of a blandly acted and boringly shot mess of a piece that features a constantly overbearing and oddly pop-infused musical score which is almost hilariously over-wrought and inexplicably loud to the point where dialogue is often near inaudible; the apparent 'experts' in the flick are so ridiculously unconvincing as they clumsily try to convince us that they are trained killers by flailing their arms or rolling around on the floor - until they're exposed to their ultimate weakness, that being slightly wet moss, of course - and every character lacks any legible arc beyond the basics of beating the bad guy for example, but it is really the absolutely awful script that drags this down to almost unwatchable levels because no one ever says anything remotely interesting or, worst of all, anything that a real human being would ever even think to say. 2/10


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