A probing, contemporary look at crime, the presumption of guilt and the urban prison system, 'The Night Of' centres around the police investigation of a murder on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The prime suspect in the case - a college student, the son of immigrant parents - finds himself and his family thrown into the pit of NYC's criminal, legal, penal and judicial system after his arrest and imprisonment. Written by Steven Zaillian and Richard Price, 'The Night Of' takes an unvarnished look at both the city's multifaceted criminal justice system and the purgatory of Riker's Island. Starring John Turturro and Riz Ahmed.
Very strong subject matter, all of the characters are one way or another flawed individuals, no heros or heroines here, disturbing but rivetting,
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.
Wonderfully memorable, 5 star entertainment.
- The Night Of review by DW
A respectable young man "borrows" his dad's car & we're treated to a domino-effect drama that involves the forces of crime, drugs, police, prison & the legal profession. Despite being an outstandingly good work of fiction, the realism accent is very strong. Even so, the final scene should raise a smile!
PS. This is said to be a re-make of a BBC effort called "Criminal Justice", typical wishy-washy BBC cop "drama". It seems this far superior American series was a collaboration with a BBC Worldwide arm & HBO in the States. Pity the BBC don't do this more often, I would then get better value for my licence fee.
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.
Ponderously slow and not engaging
- The Night Of review by Alz
Managed to get about halfway through the first episode before deciding life is too short to wait for something engaging to happen. I guess the director was trying to build a tense picture slowly but I really didn't care about the characters. It was fairly obvious what was going to happen and the narrative direction the series was going to take, but I couldn't be bothered to watch it play out.