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Thursday, March 10, 2016


Majanda Delfino and Andrew W. Walker
WEB OF LIES (2009 telefilm). Director: Tristan Dubois.

Abby Turner (Majandra Delfino) works for an Internet security firm and has just come up with a state-of-the-art new system. Alas she discovers that this system may have been compromised after her boyfriend, Josh (Andrew W. Walker) is killed and the FBI informs her that he was a cyber-criminal. Afraid they will think she's involved, Abby does her own investigating, hooking up with a female hacker named Spider (the impossibly named Kaniehtiio Horn); dodging agents Wilcox (Michael Mando) and Anderson (Tara Nicodemo); and consulting with her boss, Michael (Ted Whittall). Then she re-discovers a totally unexpected ally from the past that she's not certain she can trust. While Web of Lies stretches credulity at times, it is fast-paced and absorbing for the most part, with good performances from Delfino, Walker, Horn, and the others. Tyler Hall and Jesse Rath are also notable in supporting roles. There aren't enough suspects of the Really Big Bad Guy, but there's still one very surprising twist near the end.

Verdict: Credible suspense telefilm. *** out of 4.

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