True Detective - Season 1 (2014)

True Detective - Season 1
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Adult themes, Sexual references, Strong violence, Nudity

Director: Cary Fukunaga
Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michael Potts, Tory Kittles, Michelle Monaghan, J.D. Evermore, Kevin Dunn

Two former Louisiana State CID partners, Martin Hart and Rustin Cohle, give separate statements to a pair of investigators about the murder of a prostitute, Dora Lange, 17 years earlier. As they look back, details of the crime, replete with occult overtones, are accompanied by insights into the detective's volatile partnership and personal lives.

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Status: HighDemand
Run time: 400mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English
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Run Time: 400mins
File Size (Approx): 3.6 GB
True Detective
by Andrew Williams,

Now, this is a story all about how... Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) are two grizzled detectives on the trail of a serial killer in 1995 – while in 2012 the same men are being interviewed after that same serial killer appears to have struck again . Happy days? A compelling jumble of philosophy, imagery, murder and wigs, True Detective is unquestionably the first great new show of 2014 and a welcome addition to the television landscape. It’s a relatively simple story of two detectives seeking a serial killer made exceptional by virtue of the voices doing the telling: director Cary Fukunaga, writer Nic Pizzolato and leads Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson are all doing exemplary work, combining to make an atmospheric, thrilling drama that will grab...

Now, this is a story all about how... Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) are two grizzled detectives on the trail of a serial killer in 1995 – while in 2012 the same men are being interviewed after that same serial killer appears to have struck again .

Happy days? A compelling jumble of philosophy, imagery, murder and wigs, True Detective is unquestionably the first great new show of 2014 and a welcome addition to the television landscape. It’s a relatively simple story of two detectives seeking a serial killer made exceptional by virtue of the voices doing the telling: director Cary Fukunaga, writer Nic Pizzolato and leads Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson are all doing exemplary work, combining to make an atmospheric, thrilling drama that will grab you by the antlers and won’t let go.

It’s not without its problems: True Detective has two compelling characters and only two compelling characters; the lack of anyone bar Cohle and Hart to hold our interest robs the season of an added dimension that could see it through the flat spots. But that’s one of only a few minor complaints compared with everything this show does so well. McConaughey and Harrelson are both in career-best form, Pizzolato has given us some quotes for the ages (and if time is indeed a flat circle, hopefully he’ll repeat the dose next year) and Fukunaga creates some of the most arresting visuals I’ve ever seen on a TV screen.

Perhaps most exciting of all is what True Detective represents for the future of television. The success of the anthology format (represented by this show and American Horror Story) might free studios up from the traditional series model, where shows hang on to cast members longer than they should and eventually peter out of storytelling gas just so they can reach their goal of syndication. This format, where a series can tell multiple stories with different casts under the same brand, pushes the creative team to the forefront and frees actors from signing up for exhaustive schedules and oppressively long-term deals. It’s a welcoming broadening of television’s horizons.

The final frontier: Compelling performances and superb execution make True Detective one of the shows of 2014.

Top three episodes: 5) The Secret Fate of All Life. Inventive, compelling and shocking, this showcase of top-notch storytelling has already booked a place on my Top Ten episodes of 2014 list. 4) Who Goes There. A breathtakingly audacious final sequence launched True Detective into the stratosphere and indicated this show would most certainly deliver on its immense promise. 8) Form and Void. The finale does plenty of pleasurably unexpected things, none of which I’ll spoil here.

Worst episode: 2) Seeing Things. For a show that so rarely descended into pure cliché, the disappointing use of the immensely talented Michelle Monaghan in the ‘disapproving wife’ role is most egregious here. Fortunately, True Detective mostly pivots away to give her slightly more interesting things to do as the series progresses – but only slightly.

Season MVP: It has to be McConaughey. Harrelson is terrific in the part of Marty Hart, however McConaughey as Rust Cohle is a performance that entered the pop cultural lexicon immediately after it was released into the world, and for good reason: he’s spellbinding. I don’t know who’ll be cast in True Detective Season 2. They have their work cut out for them traipsing the scorched earth of the McConnaissance.

4/5

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Season cover
1. The Long Bright Dark (60m) info
2. Seeing Things (58m) info
3. The Locked Room (59m) info
4. Who Goes There (58m) info
5. The Secret Fate of All Life (58m) info
6. Haunted Houses (59m) info
7. After You've Gone (54m) info
8. Form and Void (58m) info

Member Reviews (9)

Posted Tuesday, 21 October 2014 See my other reviews
Belinda Jane
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I'm just loving this series. Excellent stuff. I'm addicted!
Posted Monday, 18 August 2014 See my other reviews
Ben
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Brilliant scripts, brilliant directing. I never do five star reviews. Ever. For this I'll make an exception. Like The Wire, this is television for grown-ups. Enjoy.
Posted Monday, 21 July 2014 See my other reviews
Heap of C***
Posted Monday, 21 July 2014 See my other reviews
Intense, disturbing but ultimately intelligent. The creators of this show have tried to make something different, and although the story is one played out in many movies, tv shows etc. this show seems to bring it some kind of depth in realism. a nice change from t**s and guns, revenge and carnage.
Posted Tuesday, 8 July 2014 See my other reviews
Brilliant. Layered. Counter intuitive. Look at the detail in the background..the answers are there before it plays out.
Posted Saturday, 14 June 2014 See my other reviews
Great performances,,,,,,
Posted Monday, 9 June 2014 See my other reviews
What a disappointing series. It seems to have so much depth and potential, but it's all a pretense. The ending is poor, it seems like Silence of the Lambs and there is a complete about turn with characters points of views on the world. Eveyrone says this is great, and it does look great, but the story is derivative, there are a lot of breasts for no reason, and it's more about the bromance rather than retribution.
Posted Friday, 28 March 2014 See my other reviews
Brilliant. Film noir at its best. Gripping but with a philosophical edge.
Posted Saturday, 15 March 2014 See my other reviews
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