Lifetime’s ‘Dying To Belong’ is a lackluster attempt at combating sorority hazing.


Parties, boys, friends are all part of the fun, what’s not are the extreme measures to prove your loyalty in university

Lifetime just dropped its remake of the original ‘Dying to Belong’ and we have mixed emotions about it. ‘Dying to Belong’ plays along the same lines as its 1997 original which starred Hilary Swank.

‘Dying to Belong’ follows the story of two university freshmen as they get sucked into the sorority scene unaware of the threats that are yet to present themselves. It is up to friends Riley and Olivia to make it together, through the sisterhood that’s capable of killing. Parties, boys, friends are all part of the fun, what’s not are the extreme measures to prove your loyalty.

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The movie starts on an exciting note as we see a blindfolded girl fall and roll down a hill as her shriek pierces the night. This opening was one of the few thrills the movie manages to invoke. We then meet freshmen Riley(Jenika Rose) and mother Katherine (Shannen Doherty) as they’re moving Riley into her dorm at Anders University. Yep, the same Anders University from the 1997 movie. Also new to the scene is Olivia (Favour Onwuka) a journalism major, who’s ready for new experiences. Riley is shown to suffer from severe GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and has trouble in social situations, but is hopeful in joining Pi Gamma Beta the sorority her mother was a part of. Through a turn of events, Olivia and Riley become friends and hang out together. This is where the story picks up.

Jenika Rose as the shivering, nervous Riley is well cast with Favour Onwuka adding her touch of spunk and confidence. Olivia joins along with Riley, but has ulterior motives of investigating the incident shown at the beginning of the movie. The movie then goes on to have a ‘Mean Girls’ vibe to it with the sorority seniors’ clearly plastic act in from of the new joiners. The movie which deals with the important and dangerous subject of hazing does a bad job introducing it with Olivia mentioning it a bit too often for it to invoke any kind of fear. The sorority claims to condone any hazing practices as we see the movie cut to ridiculous acts of humiliation. We only first feel the danger after Riley ends up dead in a ‘suicide’.

The movie attempts to cash in on this with ominous music played at every chance the seniors act secretive.. Brinkwire Brief News.


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