The thing I enjoyed most about the film is the fact that it doesn't shy away from being a super-sized-cliche;
This is a coming of age storyline that you've seen in one form or another for decades. It takes a truly unique voice to make yet another one worth watching.
The movie's not perfect, but it sticks the landing of its message. It was engaging - thrilling at times - and I personally thought it was a great time.
It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film, with one of the more memorable film scores in years,
The series is a regular cop procedural with the twist. After a brutal car accident Micheal Britten's world is split in two with every day being spent with a different loved one being either his son or his wife. This sense of duality also extends to his police partner and his psychiatrist who are different is both realities.While the mystery itself is great the structure of most episodes is where this show suffers. Since this is still a procedural most episodes go like this: Two police cases get opened and solved, Sub-plot with either or both his son and wife, Regular visits to either or both his psychiatrist to determine mental state with case and overall mystery of the show.That is a lot to cover in 40 minutes. So the whodunnit of the cases is either easy or simply unimportant while the overall mystery is a constant but never the focus until later in the season. It's a good thing the writing and acting is always on point. Everybody brings it even down to the guest actors every week for the cases. It also looks great with L.A looking good and a nice choice of color palettes with both realities having a distinct color (yellow and blue) making it easy to discern which is which. The episodes that stray away from it's usual structure are the strongest while also showing how well they managed to balance their multiple realities, characters and plot progression in those regular episodes. I will not go into the ending as i feel this show is worth watching. I will say that it is open-ended but satisfying at the same time.So if you like procedurals like CSI and law & order or mystery shows like Lost know that this is a marriage between the two. Which also means you're only gonna get half of both genres in most episodes.This has been a green review
Jason Isaacs (Britten) carries the show with an impeccable performance; without it the show would have failed. Laura Allen and Dylan Minnette are convincing as the wife and son; Steve Harris and Wilmer Valderrama play Britten's partners in the different realities. The really enjoyable performances are delivered by BD Wong and Cherry Jones as Britten's therapists. It is in these scenes the show shines. The dialogue is excellent and serves as a counterweight to the (only somewhat) more traditional crime and family story lines. The show is refreshing in its originality, the story lines and most of the dialogue is, as far as I can tell, excellent craftsmanship, and great acting brings every episode home. In fact, the show has thus far shone brighter with every episode. I have long awaited a show like this, and it is by far the most interesting _new_ TV-series this year.
Honestly----do the TV execs even watch the shows they renew or cancel? Here is a show which had it all---suspense, a Stephen King quality story line, (and for those who don't know----that's good), great acting, excellent casting, engaging plot----you name it----it was ALL great.So----of course it got canceled. Not enough 12 year-olds----or people with IQ's less than 40 were watching apparently.We need to face it----the people in charge of the network decisions just aren't too bright----and that may be giving them WAY, WAY, WAY too much credit.So again----did they even WATCH an episode? My guess is NO.
This show is absolutely amazing! The acting, especially that of the protagonist, played by Jason Isaacs, is outstanding. I really liked the ending, I thought it was greatly satisfying, and I am actually happy that the show was canceled because it wrapped up the story nicely. I cannot quite put my finger on what exactly was so appealing about this show. I think it was the likability of Detective Britten. I thought of Michael Britten as the quintessential hero, I really took a liking to him. I would recommend this show to anyone without hesitation.I'm going to buy the Blu-ray when it comes out! NBC, don't fail me now!If ever Detective Britten, and Shawn Spencer (of Psych) joined forces, they'd be a force to be reckoned with!Good thing Psych hasn't been canceled, I would never watch TV again.