Series Review: The Sinner – Season 1 (2017)

Murder. A horrible crime. Something that can be caused by many different reasons. If you ask me, it’s never okay… but it’s still important to look at all the details of the case.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Sinner”.

Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel) seems like your typical woman. She has a house, a husband (Christopher Abbott), a child, and a nice job. But one day while she’s enjoying a day at the beach with her family, she suddenly lashes out and stabs a guy to death. Her case is then given to Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) who has to find out why Cora suddenly committed this horrible act. And the further Ambrose delves into this case, the more questions arise. So now we have our murder mystery. And already I like the different approach. It’s not a whodunnit like most other shows… but a whydunnit instead (doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but you get the idea). It’s a really dark show filled with a lot of twists that kept me invested in everything that was going on. The plot here is quite unpredictable, because when you think you know where it’s going, it pulls the rug out from under you, giving the viewer a bit of an “Oh shit” feeling. The plot here is engaging, unpredictable, disturbing, and just overall great.

The characters here are all layered, flawed, and interesting. Jessica Biel plays Cora, the woman at the center of this story. While I won’t go too in-depth about her (since a lot of her character stuff is best left experienced), I will say that she’s a really compelling character who gets some really dark and interesting character development. And Biel is great in the role. Then we have Bill Pullman as Harry Ambrose, the Detective looking into Cora’s case. He is a highly determined policeman that is doing everything to find out what made Cora do this. He doesn’t look at the broad strokes as much as he aims to find out the details of the situation. He does also have some of his own drama to deal with that adds to his character. And Pullman is great in the role. Then we have Christopher Abbott as Cora’s husband Mason. A loving husband and hard worker, Mason’s world gets completely fucked after Cora commits the horrible crime. And seeing his journey after the event is insanely compelling. And Abbott is fantastic in the role. Then we get supporting performances from people like Dohn Norwood, Jacob Pitts, Abby Miller, Danielle Burgess, Enid Graham, Nadia Alexander, Merediths Holzman, and many more, all doing very well in their respective roles.

The score for the season was composed by Ronit Kirchman who I think did really good job. The score is heavily electronic and has a unique and eerie sound that helps add a sense of unease to the show. While I wouldn’t exactly find myself listening to the music from this show for fun, it’s definitely quality stuff that works very well within the show.

Based on a novel by Petra Hammesfahr, this show was created by Derek Simonds, with writing by Simonds and some other people, and direction by various people. And the work all these cool people put in is incredibly good, giving us some of the best craft in any recent show. The sense of dread and suspense throughout is thick enough to cut with a knife, and it helps create an engaging atmosphere that helps grip the viewer. And the cinematography by Radium Cheung and Jody Lee Lipes is pretty damn good.

This show/season has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 71/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,0/10.

Season 1 of “The Sinner” is a compelling and disturbing ride that I highly recommend. It has a great plot, really good characters, great performances, good music, and really good directing/cinematography. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for season 1 of “The Sinner” is a 9,81/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “The Sinner” season 1 is now completed.

Bill Pullman is such a likable actor.

Movie Review: The Equalizer (2014)

An action movie starring Denzel? Where do I sign?

Ladies and gents… “The Equalizer”.

Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a man with a dark and mysterious past that he has put behind himself. When we meet him he lives a quiet and happy life working at a hardware store. However, when a local girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) gets the shit beaten out of her by some Russian gangsters, McCall gets back into action to try to stop the assholes. And now we have a tale of an older man kicking the asses of bad dudes because of a young girl and holy shit, this is “Taken”. Okay fine, it’s not exactly like “Taken”, but you can’t deny the similarities. With that said, the plot here is not great. It’s not bad, but it’s also not the most compelling or interesting. There’s also a bunch of side stories to it. You have the main one which is McCall in trouble with the Russians, but then you also have various side plots featuring him helping people out. Combine all these side things with a main plot that is really average and you get a little bit of a mess. Again, not bad. It’s just… fine.

The characters in this movie are all pretty entertaining and surprisingly interesting. Robert McCall is a character that we don’t know a lot about in the movie, but he’s still interesting. You can tell that those eyes have seen some shit. And Denzel Washington is awesome in the role,but you knew that already… IT’S DENZEL! Chloë Grace Moretz isn’t in the movie for too long, but she does give a really good performance as this young and troubled woman. Marton Csokas (How the fuck do you pronounce his last name, send help) plays the main bad guy of the movie and this is a character that you can tell knows what the hell he’s doing. And Csokas (seriously, help) is great in the role even though he always seems like he’s two seconds away from letting out an evil cackle. David Harbour plays one of Csokas’ (please) helpers/allies, and he’s really good. We also get Haley Bennett as a prostitute and she gives a really good performance. Overall it’s a very well acted movie.

The score was composed by Harry Gregson-Williams and it was really good. It was dramatic, tense, exciting, and overall fit the movie very well. There were also a bunch of licensed tracks troughout the movie and they were used very well too.

This movie was directed by Antoine Fuqua and I think he did a really good job. Overall it is a really good looking movie that perfectly captures the uneasy and grimy feel of Boston’s underworld. And the action scenes in the movie are quite fun. What I especially like about them is that McCall doesn’t just a grab a gun and start some simple shooty-bang-bang against the bad guys, but he more often than not will figure out some creative/brutal way to dispatch of the assholes. He’s basically a more violent version of Kevin McCallister from “Home Alone”. By the way, the brutal thing I mentioned isn’t just a simple “oh, there’s a little bit of violence here”, oh no. This movie is really violent, which means there’s a good amount of blood being spilled in this movie. Just saying that if anyone out there is really squeamish. Me on the other hand… yeah, I had fun.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 60% postive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 57/10. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“The Equalizer” is a flawed but still really solid action-thriller. It has an okay plot, pretty good characters, great performances, great music, and really good directing. My main problem with the movie stems from the plot thing I mentioned earlier in the review. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “The Equalizer” is an 8,99/10. So even though it’s flawed I’d say that it’s worth buying.

My review of “The Equalizer” is now completed.

Based on an old TV-show… okay.