Stalkers (Lifetime) Advance Review

Lifetime’s latest almost-based-on-a-true-story, Stalkers, debuts on April 13, 2013. Stalkers stars Drea de Matteo as Diane Harkin, a new detective in town who takes a special interest in stalking cases. Jodi Lyn O’Keefe stars as Julia Winston, a proscutor with a stellar record who wants to head up a task force to combat stalking. With Julia trying to prove herself and make a difference and with Diane running from herself while at the same time trying to make a difference, they are the perfect combination. However, this is the Lifetime channel, and because of that, nothing can be so easy.

Many people joke that the Lifetime channel is about evil men doing bad things to women. I think the channel has come quite far from that assessment. Even in Stalkers, the main stalker is a woman, not a man. However, there is some lingering effects of the men against women sentiment and it shows even in this movie. What holds back a strong detective and a strong prosecutor from catching and convicting stalkers? Those evil men bosses that think that stalking is just “bad relationships” and misunderstandings.

Here is the problem with Stalkers. It is a very disjointed movie. Stalkers does not know if it wants to be about the characters’ attempts to make change, or about the main stalking case that is at issue, or about the background story of the main detective, or about how change can finally come about. Since the writers cannot make up their minds, they include everything. This leads to highly chauvanistic remarks early on and then such a total switch around from some of the characters that the viewer is left wondering if they missed something along the way.

Despite that, I still liked the movie. Mena Suvari was phenomenal playing the main stalker. Drea de Matteo brought in a solid performance as usual. Aside from the acting, the movie had some really great superimposed scenes in the beginning when Detective Harkin was investigating a crime scene that immediately drew me in. Unfortunately, that, too, was left by the wayside.

That does not make Stalkers a bad movie. I think it is an okay movie, perhaps not one I would watch twice. I do feel like it is two movies crammed together in two hours that did not offer nearly enough time to allow either story to fully play out. I would have been interested in a complete story about how the task force, detectives and prosecutors got up and running. I also would have been interested in a complete movie about this particular stalking relationship and the stalker. Giving me both at the same time left me slightly disappointed.

Stalkers debuts on Lifetime on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT. If you tune into the movie, come back here and tell me what you thought. I would love to hear.