The Valero Verdict: ‘Dangerous Lies’ & ‘The Assistant’

This week I had the chance to watch Dangerous Lies and the Assistant. I Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this, I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with a rating of the movie and short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, Netflix’s new original film ‘Dangerous Lies’ and the Julia Garner led film, ‘The Assistant’.


Plot: When a wealthy elderly man dies and unexpectedly leaves his estate to his new caregiver, she’s drawn into a web of deception and murder. If she’s going to survive, she’ll have to question everyone’s motives – even the people she loves.

The story is filled with greed, we see Adam and Katie come into money out of completely nowhere. One of them understands that they need to be cautious with the money, the other wants to spend it all fast.

The movie opened with a solid bang, I enjoyed the fact they took a risk and it was still a nice jump start for the film. But after that, the film felt very much like a bad Lifetime movie.

The film struggled in several areas. Between the terrible acting to the non-existent chemistry between our leads to the ridiculous plot holes, this film struggles at best to keep you mildly interested in what happens next.

The Verdict:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

There was one twist within the movie was mediocre at best. The ending seriously makes you hate the film even more. The film is watchable I will say, but it plays like any other crime/drama/thriller you’ve seen a thousand times but with terrible acting instead.

Plot: A searing look at a day in the life of an assistant to a powerful executive. As Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the insidious abuse that threatens every aspect of her position.

Julia Garner is one of my favorites up and coming actresses in Hollywood, if you have not seen her work on Ozark, go stream that show right now on Netflix. My interest level was high based on her being in the film.

For the first 45 minutes of the film, we receive no dialogue worth noting. We are just watching an unfunny version of Pam Beasley doing her job.

We have our first introduction to what seemed like a worthwhile dialogue. The scene showcases our enablers talking about ‘our person’ being a terrible human being. But their effort to move the plot along is lackluster at best.

One scene of note is when Jane (Garner) meets with the HR manager to report the wrongdoings of the office. She is, of course, met with another person trying to cover up this “man” awful doings.

The Verdict:

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

The film tries to put us in the shoes of an uncomfortable work environment. The problem with the script has no meat on the bone at all. This causes this awkwardly strange pacing that kills any interest within the film.

This is an EASY SKIP.

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