Lie With Me is a two-part television movie special from British television company Granada Television. The movie falls under the crime/mystery genre. It is about a twisted plot to find a killer and rapist, as well as the taboo relationship between the victim and the investigating detective. Overall, I didn't find the story or its character intriguing in the slightest. At best, this is a mediocre movie that is probably not worth purchasing, but might be worth the time if you randomly caught it on television.
The story opens with roommates Roselyn "Ros" Tyler (Eve Best) and Joanna "Jo" McCourt (Stacey Roca) preparing for an evening of fun. The two are twenty-something's who enjoy life to the fullest. In the next segment, Ros awakens in a stupor without recollection of the previous nights events. As far as she can tell, she and Jo were partying and drinking until they passed out. When she finds Jo dead in the shower, she realizes the previous night was no ordinary night. Jo was killed and she was raped.
Detective Inspector Will Tomlinson (Andrew Lincoln) is the primary investigator assigned to the murder/rape case. Unfortunately for Will and progression of the case, Ros suffers from a mild case of amnesia and has no memory of the dreaded night's events. She cannot help the police in their investigation because of this. At first, there are clues that lead the police to believe Ros and Jo voluntary took drugs that induced their vulnerable states. Will, however, stands up for Ros against his colleagues and stands firm it is unlikely she would voluntary take a date rape drug.
As the case proceeds, Will and Detective Chief Inspector Collman (Bill Paterson) unravel a trail of clues to the killer. Their investigation reveals Jo was involved with a married man, Gerry Henson (Paul McGann), for eight months. The affair led to pregnancy, which ended with an abortion. Furthermore, physical DNA evidence was found on clothing in Gerry's home. All of the clues led to Gerry as the rapist and murderer. Despite all of the clues, the evidence wasn't solid enough to prosecute. The DNA evidence only suggested relations between Gerry and Ros, and not of rape. In addition, Gerry and Jo's affair didn't necessarily imply he was a killer and rapist. At best, the case was circumstantial. Fearing the killer would go free, Ros and Will agreed to lie about the case. Ros claimed she her memory came back to her and that Gerry raped her. Gerry, however, did not. The remainder of the story is about the truth coming out as the real killer taunts Ros and she and Will are forced to deal with it.
In the first part of the movie, the focus is not on the case as much as it is on the relationship between Will and Ros. Their relationship is taboo and even when Will's colleagues get wind of it, they warn him of the consequences. Their warnings, however, do not stop Will and Ros in engaging in relations with each other. In the second part, the relationship is still important as it takes twists and turns after they lie about who the killer is, but the storyline also focuses on the mystery aspects of what really happened. And everything comes together in the end in a fairly predictable and uneventful ending.
Overall, I was less than thrilled with Lie With Me. I enjoy good mysteries, but this movie didn't feel like a good mystery and the characters were less than appealing. The case itself had little mystery or intrigue to it. This was supplemented with the characters and the forbidden relationship between Ros and Will, but that had little interest. In the end, it was two and a half hours boredom.