Blindsided Fulfills Lifetime’s New Year’s Resolution To Show More Movies About Blind Ladies

Lifetime Movie Blindsided Michael Keaton 2014

After enduring Chad’s creepy “I’ll clean your boyfriend’s blood off you”-style groping, Sara escapes his clutches by running down an ungodly number of stairs into the basement, where the sweet doorman Antonio comes to help — and is immediately and predictably killed by Chad. Sara finally gets to the street, where she’s helped by Michael Keaton. And she didn’t even have to say “Beetlejuice” three times! He tells her he’s a lawyer named Hollander, but he’s actually in cahoots with Chad and leads her right back to her penthouse.

Hollander soon realizes that Ryan was a total cliché and hid thousands of dollars inside a blown-up version of one of Sara’s photographs. They presumably have what they need and leave, but it’s only halfway through the movie so either they want something else or the next hour is going to consist of Sara huddled against the wall crying. Naturally when night falls it turns out the bad guys are still there and asking her where Chad hid his $20 million in diamonds. In order to get her to confess, Hollander drops her black cat Shadow over the side of the terrace. That’s when I wrote in my notes, “I AM DONE WITH THIS MOVIE!” One thing I will simply not stand for in movies is animal murder, especially when the victim is a cat.

But I sucked it up and kept watching. Here’s where Sara starts showing how smart she is and begins to play games with her captors. She convinces Chad (who’s not the brightest) that he should kill Hollander and take his half of the diamonds, offering to let him do “whatever he wants.” (I think she means sex.) When she still refuses to tell them where the diamonds are, they resort to waterboarding her. Well, this is definitely the first Lifetime movie I’ve seen featuring this particular form of torture. You?

That’s when Sara’s sister and her husband come to the door for their lame-o appearance. Sara lies and says she and Ryan are having a fight and they should leave, but of course that makes her sister even more eager to stay. How to get rid of her? Have her go into labor right then and there and have to rush to the hospital. And they’re never mentioned again. Hope the baby’s healthy, and that they named it Plot Device.

Sara continues to mess with Hollander, telling him she thinks the diamonds might be in the plants on the terrace. Spoiler alert: They’re not. They’re hidden in the ice cubes that Chad has just taken out to put in Hollander’s scotch. Chad secretly melts the ice and takes the diamonds for himself, planning to kill Hollander. But Hollander suspects what he’s done and shoots him first. Sara then stabs Hollander with some kind of hoe (I’m not well-versed in gardening tools) and trips on a lamp, causing the lights to go out. Now her enemy is blind too, as happens in every blind lady movie. Chad still isn’t dead, so he and Hollander fight some more before he gets finished off, and then Sara shoots at Hollander on the terrace, missing a lot because, you know, she’s blind.

Sara eventually taunts Hollander by tossing a few of his precious diamonds over the side of the terrace, leading them to have a fight over the gun that ends in him falling to his death during a dazzling fireworks display. Happy New Year! We end the movie with Sara refreezing the remaining diamonds and putting them back into the freezer. So I guess she knew about them the whole time. Either that or she saw the opportunity to keep some fine-ass diamonds to herself and took it.

But the best part of the whole movie is when we see Shadow the black cat walk over Michael Keaton’s dead body on the pavement below. She’s alive, everybody! She landed on her feet! Hallelujah and praise Lifetime! Shadow lives!

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    • Ria

      Michael Keaton was seriously in this movie???

      • Jill O’Rourke


    • Jensue

      Just watched it. Man, this could have been a better movie soooo easily! And I too did not like the cat murder, I fw through that because I knew what was about to happen…glad to see he made it at the end. But I had so many questions…DID she know about the diamonds?? How does a penthouse like that not have a built in icemaker??? How was her face completely spared in that explosion??? Sigh…

      • Jill O’Rourke

        That was a very selectively destructive explosion.

    • trininista

      I thought when the cop brother-in-law came to the door and she said “I will see you later”, smarty pants detective would have taken the hint and I really presumed the cops would break down the door any second. Ugh. What was the point then of this cop relative???

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Yeah he was pretty useless.

    • Sophia

      …What’s funny is that I was fed up with Chad(?)’s reaction to the cat-over-the-balcony. It was okay for him to kill and terrorize people, but killing a cat? Oh no! Anything but that! Not an animal! I rolled my eyes so hard I thought they would fall out. Anyway, it was better than I thought it would be (courtesy of the low, low expectations I had from the other three Lifetime movies I’d watched in *my* lifetime).

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Oh Chad. Such a complex character.

    • Fctwo Willie

      Seriously killing the cat was what bothered you most? Innocent door man getshis throat cut but a stupid cat dies and your offended? People are so screwed up these days.

      • Jill O’Rourke


      • Mel

        I gotta say, the cat getting tossed over the balcony was the most disturbing part of the movie for me, too.

        I guess the real disturbing part should have been that I watched the movie in the first place, but what can ya do.

    • Cbalducc

      Take it from a middle-aged fogey – “Wait Until Dark” is better, especially the villain.

    • Cbalducc

      BTW, do you think Michael Keaton looked like Michael Chiklis in this movie? I did!

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Haha, I hadn’t thought of it but now I can see it.

    • PINK1994

      I was only concerned about the cat too lol the cat didn’t steal, kill, or lie about anything. The humans did, I hated the movie. Two grown men terrorizing a blind woman?… Terrible just terrible….

    • Antoinette Mascitelli

      I miss Batman.

    • Catchmydrift

      Michael Keaton in a Lifetime movie? Things must be going bad for him. Sad.

    • ari

      I have to say this is the best review of a lifetime movie ever. This perfectly captures the circumstance in which you end up watching this, the useless doorman and family members, and artsy suicide bomber scene. My question, why did she not call the police and fall asleep on the floor instead of sending that email to call the police, also why didnt she just scream send i believe the damn thing was voice activated. Oh right because movies are typically more than 15 minutes long a great reason lol.

    • Heaven Sent

      I just watched it myself. Agree with your review. However it isn’t Clive Owen at all.its Barry sloane.

    • Floridacoastdude

      Just watched this on Netflix. Good movie but not great. Keaton has really put on weight. The production values were terrible. Digitized breath on the set when they were supposed to be “outside” was obvious as was the gun flares out the rifles in the war shots. Then when they cut to a close-up of her with the soldiers in the background, they are shooting and someone forgot to add the flares as they have nothing coming out. The green screen processing was very poor on all the balcony shots of the city scapes as you saw green halos around the actors when they moved and again the cold breath appeared and disappeared on the shots. Whoever was in charge of continuity must of been asleep.

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