True Detective: Season 1 (2014)

by EHL Movie Reviews

Run Time: 8 Episodes
Release Date: February 22 2014
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director: Cary Joji Fukanga
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson

Plot Summary

Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

Anything with the names Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson attached to it should immediately catch your attention. True Detective season one, set in 2012 brings two detectives, Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), back to revisit a homicide case they worked on in 1995. We follow the detectives’ story through flashbacks, re-opening unhealed wounds and questioning their supposed solving of this bizarre murder.

This could be seen as a bit of a slow burner, but this creates so much intrigue and makes it an immersive program. The personal dramas between the two characters plays a big part in this story-line and mingles well into the main plot.

McConaughey’s character is delusional, a realist, that sees the dark side of society. He plays this part superbly, there is so much to this character, and you really get what he is trying to get across, this performance is something that is memorable and will be that for a long time. As was Harrelson in his part, who probably played a more complex character, full of rage, emotion, regret, he expresses it all.

The programme has the ability to get you thinking, as these shows should do. You are forever guessing what will happen next and where this story-line is going. It makes you question some of the characters motives and input in this story, and creates so much suspense throughout the whole eight episodes.

A binge worthy programme that watching the next episode is a must, good TV shows do this, this is a great one. A serious, disturbing and gripping murder mystery that will immerse you into this story-line with these two fantastic actors.