Life On The Line is a 2015 direct-to-video disaster film directed
Instead the storm only arrives during the climax. The rest of the film is about Bailey Ginning (Kate Bosworth) struggling with her relationship with Duncan (Devon Sawa) while dealing with her pregnancy and fending off her ex-boyfriend Ron (Matt Bellefleur), Beau Gunner (John Travolta) struggling to let go of his niece Bailey whom he raised since the death of her parents - his brother and sister-in-law - whom the formers death he blames himself for, Duncan starting a job as a lineman much to the anger of his alcoholic mother who was left destitute after her husband, a lineman, was killed and the displeasure of his new boss Beau who resents him for dating his niece, Carline (Julie Benz) befriending Bailey and suffering from marriage problems as a result of her husband Eugenes PTSD from Iraq, and Eugene (Ryan Robbins) himself, a vet and lineman, suffering from flashbacks and suicidal tendencies and slowly suspecting his wifes infidelity. All of these events make up the bulk of the film as it slowly builds up to the storm.
Not surprisingly, it was given a 0% on the Tomatometer and a metascore of 24 on Metacritic with critics deriding its cliche-ridden plot and failure to show how dangerous a linemans job really is.
This film provides examples of:
- Alcoholic Parent: Duncans mom
- Attempted Rape: Ron breaks into Carlines house to rape her but is shot dead by her husband.
- Babies Ever After: In the epilogue which takes place two years later, Duncan and Bailey are seen with their two-year-old child.
- Badass Biker: Three of them loudly and boorishly demand service at the linesman's favourite after-work hangout, until Beau makes it clear they are outnumbered 10 to 1. But then of course his backstory shows that before working on the lines, Beau was a badass biker himself.
- Driven to Suicide: Played Straight twice. Eugenes PTSD from the Iraqi War drive him to commit suicide. Luckily, he doesnt go through with it. He is driven to suicide again when he shoots and kills his wifes rapist and immediately outs a gun to his head.
- Family Versus Career: Go to college, start a career, and get away from the world of lineman or rekindle your relationship with your now lineman boyfriend and carry his child? Bailey chooses the latter despite Beau wanting her to choose the former.
- Interrupted Suicide: Played twice. Thinking about his wife calling his name convinces Eugene to climb down from the power line he was about to jump from and go home. Then when he gets home, he shoots and kills his wifes rapist which causes him to put a gun to his head. Carline talks him out of it.
- Nephewism: more like niece-ism. Beau adopts his niece after her parents were killed and raises her like his own daughter.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer promises us a disaster thriller movie, but the disaster thriller part doesnt come in until the climax of the movie. The majority of it is instead a melodrama, leading up to the storm.
- Overprotective Dad: Overprotective uncle actually. Beau does not want Bailey dating Duncan, believing that he will ruin his nieces plans of going to college and making something out of herself.
- Papa Wolf: Beau. He punches Ron who was harassing Bailey.
- Parental Substitute: Beau is Baileys uncle but has raised her since the death of her parents when she was a little girl.