Movie Review: Deadly Illusions Fails to Impress and Leaves You with More Questions than Answers

Movie Review: Deadly Illusions Fails to Impress and Leaves You with More Questions than Answers

So, if I didn’t know better—and I’m gonna pretend I do not know any better—I’d say Netflix has lost sense of fiction’s real meaning. Plus, Anna James should have known better than to—whatever. [Spoilers ahead]

“A best selling female novelist, suffering from writer’s block, hires an innocent young woman to watch over her twin children. As the novelist dangerously indulges in her new best-seller, the line between the life she’s writing and the one she’s living becomes blurred.”

What if there was no life in the book at all? And, personally, I’d rather go with an “innocent-looking young girl”, because, well, because that’s what it is. She wasn’t innocent. She just looked so.

If anyone watched that trailer, and the ‘should be’ prologue, they would think there was an intense rush of cold blood that came with this movie, until they watched it.  It has a serious-mindedness to it that makes one anticipate what’s coming, but if you asked me, I’d say it was quite lost. 

Like, ‘off-topic’ kind of lost. It really has nothing to do with anything its title suggests. Nothing like Deadly Illusions, or even illusions themselves.

It gives a vibe similar to one (maybe even all) of those Lifetime movies that are based on true stories. But, in some way, they all have an almost similar plot. Do you know the “protagonist gone villain” business? Yes. That’s the one. It was all just plain, predictable, no twist we haven’t heard of or seen before—in short, NOTHING NEW.

I’m not even sure where that “between fiction and reality starts to blur” line came from. I mean, Fiction? Fiction? Isn’t that supposed to mean something that is unreal?  Something imaginary? Nothing here was invented, at all.

So. I waited—I’m sure everyone else did—for Netflix to do its worst. Or best, as usual, because this was Voltage Pictures. After all, who didn’t love After, or After We Collided? After We Fell. And I’m not about to forget X-Men: Apocalypse. Not to mention, Abominable—gives a clear picture of fiction.

Deadly Illusions sells short and it’s hard to say it was a good movie at best 

By now, it’s clearly not surprising that I was only met with confusion, and something worse than disappointment—I don’t know what. I’m just gonna say this again. Deadly Illusions was a lost movie. From the whole of its runtime, no illusions, none, was so lethal as to die for.  The revenge, seduction and deadly illusions we were promised in the trailer were completely non-existent at best. I’ve gotta say, BOOOO!!

Movie Review: Deadly Illusions Fails to Impress and Leaves You with More Questions than Answers
‘Deadly Illusions’ quickly became one of the most-watched movies on Netflix after release.

Or maybe, if only we knew what Miss writer’s book was about. Maybe we could have just figured out the whole thing. But the fact that the plot summary said she was suffering a writer’s block, when in fact, it only seemed as though she had taken an off on her writing career—I really do not know.

I mean, was she writing about her life at that time? Or, was it the book and her characters that came to life?? We might never know, but if that was supposed to be a cliffhanger, I wasn’t moved.

Deadly Illusions was more of a “soapy, ridiculous, Netflix thriller starring Kristin Davis, Dermot Mulroney, and Greer Grammer. The plot is very Fatal Attraction meets The Hand That Rocks the Cradle”, said Christopher Rosa, in her review at Glamour.

Rosa further writes: “Did Grace actually just go down on Mary in the study after they went for a swim? And then seduce Mary in the bathtub? And then seduce Tom in the kitchen while he’s blindfolded? (Did she really call him a “bad boy”?!) Yes, these are real scenes that happen in the movie—but whether or not they are a reality, is the debate.”

A good number of those that watched the movie too were left speechless. Some took to Twitter to demand the producer to reveal answers about what the ending actually met. One of them wrote:

“Have you guys watched Deadly Illusions? WTF was that ending? I have so many questions?”

Wait, what the hell was with the ‘Deadly illusions’ ending?? So who walked out of the rehab center… Mary or Grace?? – Nanakosua

“@netflix wtf was deadly illusions??? And wtf was that dumb ass ending?????” – wrote Pioneerlordy

Deadly Illusions is now streaming on Netflix and you can give it a try if you love stories that don’t make sense at all.

Director: Anna Elizabeth James
Cast: Kristin Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Greer Grammer, Shanola Hampton
Producers: Greer Grammer, Shanola Hampton, Anna Elizabeth James
Companies: Voltage Pictures, Kiss and Tale Productions, Netflix
Release Dates: March 18, 2021
Newslibre Rating: 5/10
Genres: Thriller, Drama


Other reviews: Movie Review: The Hustle (2019)

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Author: Simran Hajara

Hajara is an IT student, an aspiring web developer, and an up-and-coming writer. She is enthusiastic about learning and trying new things, coding, and filming. She believes it’s always best to take action than to wait for inspiration. That’s what makes one genius.

She also writes her own amazing stories on Wattpad too.



  1. Daymmmmm….okay…ouch to netflix

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