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SEE (2019) – My rating: 9.5/10

“SEE” is a science fiction television drama series made and produced for Apple TV+. It is written by Steven Knight and directed by Francis Lawrence. Executive producers include Knight, Lawrence, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and Kristen Campo. This series is exceptional and brilliantly acted.

In the distant future, due to a virus, the human race has lost one of their most precious senses, sight.  Now, society is left to find new ways to interact, build and hunt for survival. Meanwhile, Maghra (Hera Hilmar) a newcomer and wife to the warrior and chieftain Baba Voss (Jason Mamoa), gives birth to a set of twins named Kofun (Archie Madekwe) and Haniwa (Nesta Cooper). To his tribe’s amazement, the twins can see. As word spreads, it gets the attention of a cynical tribe lead by Queen Kane (Sylvia Hoeks), who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the twins. In order to protect his children, Baba is forced to rely on his instincts and must rally fellow tribesmen to take down the queen and her tyrannical cult before they can capture the children. Tamacti Jun (Christian Camargo) is the queen’s Witchfinder General and leader of her army. Tamacti’s loyalty is unsurpassed by none, as he values the queen more than himself. Thanks to the abilities of Paris (Alfre Woodard) who is the Alkenny tribe’s elder, seer and wise adviser, they stand a better chance of survival. The biological father of the twins is Jerlamarel (Archie Madekwe), who is a master engineer and is able to see.

This captivating series is very well acted and scripted.  It’s easy to binge-watch because there are only eight intense episodes: 1) Godflame – anyone who has the ability to see is considered a witch, hunted down by the witchfinder and killed.  2) Message – Baba is directed to a hidden box by fugitive, Jerlamarel as they agree to the rearing of the twins.  3) Fresh Blood in a Bottle – Gether and Souter Bax are related, as she is Gether’s aunt.  Their incestuous relationship results in a stillborn and disfigured child. 4) The River – The Witchfinder army invades the Alkenny settlement, Baba Voss leads his family to a river and a raft he had previously constructed in secret.  5) Plastic – Baba and the twins locate a scavenger settlement nearby where they meet Boots, who can also see.  6) Silk – Queen Kane is abducted and taken to a nearby silk manufacturing settlement known as the City of Worms.  7) The Lavender Road –  A path lined with lavender described as a road to Jerlamarel’s location. 8) House of Enlightenment – A former prison converted into a settlement with electricity, hot water and an extensive library.

I’m certain you will be intrigued by this series. Just imagine the whole cast is playing their parts as a blind person — I don’t think that’s easy given the vigorous fight scenes and the fact that they are out in the wilderness as opposed to a nice civilized environment. Each episode is better than the previous one.  I don’t know the circumstances under which Jason Momoa ditched the Netflix original feature, Frontier but I’m glad it turned out that he now stars in See.  FYI: A lot of “See” has a lot of violence and can be a bit gory but tolerable.  Jason Momoa is the eye candy that just makes for a better day.  I urge you to Check It Out!  “See” is currently airing on AppleTV+, presently at $4.99 a month.  You can always cancel once you’ve seen any chosen series. “See” has been approved for season two!

 

THE WALK (2015) – My rating: 8.5/10

TheWalkI kept wondering what kind of content could go into a movie about a walk between two buildings on a rope.  I realize it’s was between the tallest buildings in the world, however the movie was over two hours long.  I had no idea the preparation that went into an endeavor, a dream, an impossible, not to mention illegal feat, such as this.  The Walk captures your attention and engages your curiosity with the intensity of “The Donald” taking a midnight run alone through Spanish Harlem.  Joseph Gorden-Levitt plays Philippe Petit the actual French Tightrope Walker who made history when he walked between the World Trade Towers in 1974.  Philippe was much more than a tightrope walker, he was also a juggler, a magician and a street entertainer.  The Walk is a true story directed by Robert Zemeckis and in my opinion is sure to achieved an Oscar nod for his fabulous direction of this film.

The Walk opens with Philippe Narrating from atop the Statue of Liberty torch, overlooking the World Trade Towers.  Next Philippe is shown in Paris, France performing on a unicycle as the onlookers throw all sorts of delights to show their appreciation of his talents.  As he collects money and bites down on a hard piece of candy, he breaks a filling in his tooth causing great pain and a trip to the dentist.  There he discovers a picture of the World Trade Center, still under construction.  This is where his dream of wire walking between the Twin Towers is born.  He then meets “Papa Rudy” Omankowsky (Ben Kingsley) a Tightrope Walker who preforms at his own circus. Philippe convinces Papa Rudy to teach him some of his trade secrets and shares his future plans.  As the story moves on and the journey begins, Philippe meets many new characters who become accomplices and friends.  The film, of course moves from France to New York where the excitement mounts.  The actual walk between the towers takes your breath away.  This movie is an experience I’m glad I didn’t miss.  I highly recommend you take the time to check out The Walk.  It’s entertaining and well done.

THE MISSING – My rating: 8.5/10

TheMissingWhen I first encountered this series I thought the Missing would be about the Rapture like “Left Behind” or “The Leftovers”.  To my surprise, The Missing is about a 5 year old boy they call Oliver (Oliver Hunt), who suddenly disappears from his father’s sight.  The entire set up is done so well it caught and held my attention immediately.  A couple on vacation with their 5 year old son in Paris were having the time of their lives when Tony Hughes played by James Nesbitt took his son swimming in a local pool.  After drying off, Tony and his son Oliver went to get something to drink from the local, semi-quasi out-door pub.  Because the soccer championship playoffs were in full swing, massive crowds were gathered anywhere a TV was on.  Europeans are very passionate about soccer.  There was barely standing room in the pub.  The moment Tony let go of his son’s hand, Oliver disappeared.  It happened so quickly, I couldn’t reconcile the boy’s complete disappearance with the time line.  Frantic, Tony tried to find his son to no avail.  This mini series picks up 8 years later with Tony and Emily divorced but Tony is still looking for his son.  After finding new clues, the case was reopened.   By the second episode, foul play is revealed to us and wella, a mystery is born.   The Missing is a thriller and is very entertaining.  Frances O’Connor plays the x-wife Emily Hughes and mother of the missing boy.  She remarried to one of the detectives on her son’s case, Mark Welsh (Jason Flemyng).  In the end, all is revealed with the help of the lead detective Julien Baptiste (Tcheky Karyo) and Khald Ziane (Said Taghmaoui.  The Missing airs on STARZ and is only 8 episodes.  Check the whole season out on “On Demand”.  I understand a teaser trailer was revealed entitled “A New Case”.  No date has been set, but this limited series looks like it may go into a 2nd season.