I recently upgraded to an HD compatible television, and I am still getting to know my HD channels. We enjoy watching Discovery HD, HD Theater, HD Music, etc. One channel that I try to avoid is Lifetime Movie Network HD. I thought that one Lifetime Network was too many, yet it’s not surprising that enough “Moment of Truth” and “The (Insert Woman’s Name Here) Story” movies have been made to devote an entire channel to. Try as I may to avoid it, sometimes the remote decides to rebel and takes me there against my will. It was on such an occasion yesterday that I was introduced to what I think has to be in the Top 10 cheesiest movie premises of all time.
The title: Wide Awake
The premise: A narcoleptic lab researcher is part of a team that discovers a drug that can cure her condition… She uncovers a conspiracy that endangers her life and sends her on the run. She manages to stay one step ahead of her pursuers while desperately trying to stay awake. She must figure out who is behind the sabotage and why, while fighting off increasing hallucinations.
My two cents: I understand that narcolepsy is a real disorder that people suffer from, so I am not making light of that. What I find comical is the concept of a woman trying to run for her life who keeps falling asleep – that would kind of make it hard to get away from your pursuers. Plus, the movie just looked really bad – as most of these Lifetime movies do. In one scene (I watched for about 15 minutes), she was on what looked like a rooftop, holding onto a briefcase that presumably held the wonder drug. The bad guys had caught up with her, and it looked like there was no escape. Think again! She jumped off the side of the building and landed in a water slide. Apparently it wasn’t a rooftop, but rather the top of a water ride at a water park. She proceeded all the way down the twisting and turning slide, all while holding onto the briefcase. Now I’m not sure if that was really happening, or if this was one of her hallucinations, but either way, it was very bad – in the cheesiest way.
So what are some other bad movie premises? Snakes on a Plane received a lot of bad press when it first came out. If nothing else, it’s a ridiculously simple plot: snakes get loose on a plane and chaos ensues. Any other prime examples that you can think of?