A Lifetime Movie of the Week, on the big-screen, turned Up to Eleven.Stars Jennifer Lopez as Slim, a woman who leaves her evil husband behind. However, he turns out to be rather determined to bring her back, so she might have to fight back...
This film provides examples of:
- Berserk Button: Mitch does not react well to his masculinity being called into question when his wife starts hitting back.
- Broken Aesop: Hoo, boy. Even though the movie tries to show Slim as an "empowered" and self-reliant woman, it's men who ultimately help her and Gracie throughout the film (her formerly Disappeared Dad gave her money, her ex-boyfriend hid the two of them in his apartment and even a man physically trains her to fight all the while knowing what her true intentions of meeting up with Mitch are.)
- Car Fu: Because there are ever so many abused women that get into high-speed car chases with their husbands.
- Combat Pragmatist: Slim, when she Took a Level in Badass. Notably, when she takes on Mitch, she wears steel-toecapped boots and heavy rings under her hand wraps to even the odds.
- Crazy-Prepared: Slim to almost Batman-like levels. Whenever she moves house, she has an exit strategy planned. Before she confronts Mitch at his place in the climax, she moves the furniture around, memorises the whole house, hides his guns and jams his phone.
- Deus Angst Machina: Mitch is rich enough and well-connected enough to do whatever the hell he wants to Slim and get off scott free. Of course, what he does for a living and what his connections actually are are ridiculously vague.
- Near the start of the film it's shown Mitch owns some sort of construction company
- The Dog Shot First: Even though she intends on beating him to death with her bare hands, Slim hesitates and decides not to kill Mitch when she has him at her mercy. But when he attacks her again, he gets fatally thrown out his third-story window.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Slim's ex-boyfriend Joe. When she flees for the first time, she goes to his apartment and he doesn't reveal her hiding place despite three men threatening him with a knife. Later, he visits her in Michigan, where they share a bed for one night, and she says he's "really not that bad" (few guys are, compared with Mitch.) After that, Joe disappears until the end credits, when he pops up with Slim and Gracie on a boat.
- Domestic Abuse: One of the reasons the movie is widely hated is its use of Domestic Abuse, a very sensitive topic, as a thriller.
- I'm a Man, I Can't Help It: Mitch's justification for his affairs before he stops feeling that he has to justify his actions to his wife at all, and it becomes a case of 'I'm a man, I can do what I want'.
- Implacable Man: Mitch literally chases Slim and Gracie across the entire country.
- Instant Expert: Slim picks up Krav Maga with ridiculous ease. Sure, it is easy to learn quickly, but you don't get that good after one lesson.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: We never do learn Slim's real name, do we?
- Mama Bear: When she finally fights back, there is a series of flashes from previous scenes of her being abused. What made her pull the killing blow was when she remembered him hurting Gracie for trying to protect her.
- Moral Dissonance: While the movie established that Mitch was a baby-eating monster who if given half the chance would Kick the Dog down the street... Slim premeditated his murder, broke into his house, initiated a fight, and isn't even arrested (the police proved to be thoroughly useless by that point). As the tagline suggests "Self defence isn't murder". Never mind that it sorta stops being self defense when you break into someone's house to beat them to death with your bare hands.
- Murder Is the Best Solution : Slim was even told that he was powerful enough to get away with it, and any legal action she takes would just allow him to track her down and kill her. It wasn't exactly the best option but it may have really been her only option. Though for this to work we have to of course accept that Mitch has numerous powerful friends in every division of every police department everywhere, among other things.
- Tired of Running: After spending most of the movie trying to escape from Mitch, Slim finally gets sick of running from him and fights back.
- Took a Level in Badass: Slim passes from an innocent housewife into a Lara Croft - like Action Girl.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Mitch, as we discover when Slim confronts him at the end. She knows what she's doing, he just prefers raw power.