Doomsday Mom: The Lori Vallow Story

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  • TV-14
  • 2021
  • 5.2  (217)

Doomsday Mom: The Lori Vallow Story is a crime-thriller movie based on true events that occurred in 2019-2020, directed by Bradley Walsh and written by Gregory Small and Bryar Freed. The movie portrays the story of Lori Vallow (Lauren Lee Smith), a devoted mother, and her husband, Chad Daybell (Marc Blucas). The couple believes that they are modern-day prophets, and the end of the world is near. Their religious beliefs lead them to allegedly kill Lori's two children, JJ and Tylee, who are mysteriously missing. Lori's ex-husband, Charles Vallow (Patrick Duffy), is also found dead under suspicious circumstances.

The movie showcases how the investigation unfolded, beginning with Charles's death in July 2019. It follows the struggle of the law enforcement authorities to find Lori and Chad, who seem to be constantly on the move, avoiding arrest, and remaining silent about the kids' whereabouts. The couple's religious beliefs and involvement with a doomsday group make it harder for the investigators to get to the truth.

The plot takes several twists and turns as the investigators uncover more details about the couple, including their connection to multiple suspicious deaths and Lori's previous involvement in a cult-like apocalypse group. The plot of the movie reveals how witnesses and family members of the missing children were coerced or threatened by Lori and Chad.

As the case unfolds, the movie poignantly depicts the desperation of JJ and Tylee's grandparents and father to find them. The film shows the impact that the kids' disappearance has had on the family's life and their hopes for justice.

The acting performances in the movie are commendable. Lauren Lee Smith's portrayal of Lori Vallow is chilling; her ability to shift between personalities and exhibit erratic behavior is remarkable. Marc Blucas plays the part of her husband, Chad Daybell, with an equal grittiness that adds to the film's suspenseful storyline. Patrick Duffy, playing Charles Vallow, stands out in his character's portrayal as an upright and loving father who wishes to protect his children.

The movie's pacing is perfect, and the suspense builds gradually as details of the case are revealed. The director does an excellent job of keeping the viewer engaged, and the film's climax is both thrilling and intense.

The movie touches on crucial societal issues such as religious fanaticism, child abuse, and the power of manipulation. The ethical questions arise about how religious extremity can lead to horrific crimes such as these and how cult-like behavior can affect families and the wider community.

In conclusion, Doomsday Mom: The Lori Vallow Story is a riveting, chilling, and thought-provoking film that depicts true crime events. The movie leaves the audience pondering about how religious convictions, mental health issues, and cult-like dynamics can contribute to such atrocities. The performances by the cast, combined with the director's vision, make Doomsday Mom a must-watch for lovers of the true-crime genre.

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    5.2  (217)