An intriguing stranger strikes up an acquaintance with a brilliant young actress while on holiday in Greece. But it rapidly becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic. He’s an Israeli intelligence officer, who entangles her in a complex and high stakes plot.
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The first three episodes have presented two agreeable characters and one great one with measured assurance, and if his show is anything like his films, this slow burn will grow into a killer final act.
Very solid adaptation. It's about method acting. Live the part, be the role, do the thing. There are a few false moments from Pugh that derail it for a bit, and I didn't think the chemistry was there for her and Skarsgard. Everyone else was quite good.
Halfway through - the premise is elaborate, the cinematography divine, the espionage straight out of a Le Carre novel...could be anything between 2/5 and 4/5 depending on how these formalist plot strands develop.
It's a tasteful series, and I nearly only use the term tasteful in a pejorative sense. Moments of Chan-Wook style emerge but feel out of place in relation to the rest of its sedentary form. It builds to a satisfying intrigue, but relies on a romance that has little sizzle (and we know Chan-Wook can do sexy) and lacks a final subversion to make the politics more digestible.
This could have been amazing. Unfortunately, it isn't. A too convenient script, chaotic editing and a Skarsgård unsuccessfully trying to Gosling his way through the plot are what Pugh and Park are up against, acting and directing their souls out. Yet they never get to the core of the conflict in the character's heart, and towards the end the only feeling that stays is that even the director was tired of trying.