Plot: Ivy (Joanne Kelly) is a driven, ambitious woman who has been working constant overtime trying to fine tune and improve her business, which has started to take a toll on her health. Her ceaseless work and lack of sleep have resulted in headaches and even some dizzy spells, so after some initial hesitation, she heads to a doctor in order to find a solution. Dr. Ryan (Shaun Benson) delivers some tragic news, as the health woes are related to a brain tumor caused by cancer and she likely has months to live, as the tumor is inoperable. He offers her some medication to ease her pain, but soon reaches out again about an experimental program that seen some results, but she will have keep the treatment a secret, as the medicines aren’t FDA approved. As she begins the process, Dr. Ryan also helps her make some lifestyle choices to bolster her health, which leads to a romance between the two. But will the treatment give her a second chance and what will become of her romance with Dr. Ryan?
Entertainment Value: This is a dark one, even by Lifetime movie standards and is played so serious, which makes things even darker. If this were full of melodrama and outlandish moments, Prescription for Danger would be a more fun ride, but I was glad to see a more serious, dark approach used here. The movie starts off slow and builds a slow burn momentum, which sparks into a full on inferno as the finale nears, so it has a more deliberate pace than most of Lifetime’s pictures. I love over the top melodrama, don’t get me wrong, but the change of pace is welcome and the movie delivers some effective tension, unsettling atmosphere, and some good performances. Dr. Ryan is such a creep, but he hides it well and has an answer whenever he is called out, at least until he drops the facade when he has to. So when he is around Ivy, there is good tension because it isn’t clear just how unstable he might be. I can see how some might dislike the slow burn tactic, but I think it was a great choice and helps Prescription for Danger feel fleshed out and well developed. So if you appreciate darker thrillers with a slow burn element, give this one a look.
No nakedness. The movie has some light romance elements, but the sexual content is implied, not shown. As this one is more about mental manipulation than physical violence, no bloodshed. Some very mild, but tense scenes unfold in the finale and there is violence that we hear about, but aren’t shown. But despite the lack of visible violence, there is often a dark mood involved, as we aren’t sure of the depths our villain will go to in order to get what he wants. His willingness to do whatever it takes is a central force in Prescription for Danger, without question. The dialogue here is solid, even if it lacks the wild melodrama we expect from Lifetime, as Dr. Ryan’s bedside manner is eerie and sadistic at times. Between his cold demeanor and barely controlled emotions, he is a source of some good lines, while Ivy’s best friend is filled with attitude and common sense, a common Lifetime archetype. The craziness here centers on Dr. Ryan, who is indeed a solid creeper, but the grounded tone and limited melodrama keep the wackiness reined in.
Overall Insanity: 2/10