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Lila & Eve

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Revenge thriller packs violent punch but lacks excitement.

Movie R 2015 94 minutes
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LILA & EVE has a simple but compelling premise, and Davis is excellent as a mother at the end of her rope. We believe that she's about to fall off a cliff of despair, just as we see the love between the mother and her sons during flashback scenes. What's less believable is Lopez as an angry mother eager to encourage her new friend Lila to commit murder. Lopez doesn't carry her share of the dramatic weight, and the surprise plot twist at the end doesn't feel like much of a surprise. It's shocking to see the two women go up against hardened criminals and take them down in a series of gunfights that get more and more extreme. But it doesn't feel authentic. The movie drags on, slowly taking viewers on a trip that doesn't ultimately feel like it has much payoff.

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