Life 2 Seasons 2007

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After spending twelve years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, Charlie Crews rejoins the force with a shiny new Detective badge. Crews, accompanied by his new partner Dani Reese, works to solve the inexplicable murder of a young boy. Crews' unconventional tactics put Reese on edge causing both Reese and Lt. Karen Davis to question his motives for rejoining the force.

Starring:
Damian Lewis,Sarah Shahi
Runtime:
43 minutes

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Season 1

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Genres Drama, Crime
Director David Semel
Starring Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi
Supporting actors Adam Arkin, Brooke Langton, Robin Weigert, Brent Sexton
Season year 2007
Network NBC Universal
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 April 2010
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Fresh out of prison and now back in the force, Charlie Clews has been cleared of the murders that caused his incarceration. Colleagues are wary. Is he truly innocent? Even if so, surely he must be unstable after twelve years amongst vicious criminals who at one time or other broke virtually every bone in his body? Certainly he seems more than a trifle erratic, prone to eating much fruit and spouting enigmatic philosophy. His assigned partner Dani Reese, just out of rehab and anxious to prove she is again up to the job, fears he will prove a hindrance. Others may have greater cause for concern. Charlie has a hidden agenda, exposing the ones responsible for those killings and for framing him. They HAVE to be fellow officers.

The stage is thus set for eleven episodes and many intriguing cases - that bigamous tax man, for example, with his lower half vaporized; not to mention the woman wearing angel's wings who plummeted onto a car roof.

Damian Lewis is yet another fine British actor thoroughly at home in a major American role. It is a fascinating one too. Charlie's prison experiences have caused him to delve deeply into himself, he now with great insight - skilled at seeing beyond the facade. Head gently tilting sideways, he gazes through eyes - right into the soul. He also has many highly useful extra contacts, invaluable for helping to cut a corner or two. Best mate is fellow ex-convict Ted Earley (Adam Arkin), finance his speciality. Ideal, for somehow money seems behind those murders so many years ago. The trail goes back to an earlier bank raid where several were shot dead and eighteen million dollars were stolen. There IS a connection and Charlie WILL find it.

Admittedly the series has its creaky moments.
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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 July 2008
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Damian Lewis, one of Britain's hottest stars (both professionally and physically), is in a new American TV show called "Life". Here he plays Charlie Crews, a cop who was mistakenly convicted of a violent multiple murder and sent to prison for life. After 12 years behind bars, they found out that the DNA at the scene proved him innocent and was released. Even though the state financially compensated him for this wrongful conviction, Charlie goes back to work on the beat, but he's a very changed man, indeed. What's more, aside from his day job, he's also trying to find out who the real murderer was - because the people who were killed were close friends of his.

This very plausible back-story is great fodder for mystery, thrills and no small measure of comedy as well. Understanding that the best way to figure out the real murderer of his friends, is to hunt them down from the inside out, so going back to work makes perfect sense. Like most crime drama shows, this takes one case per episode which also parallels something in one of the main character's personal lives. What makes this special is (partially) the ongoing thread of Charlie's personal investigation when he's off the clock. In each episode we not only get to see a crime solved, but also get another tiny piece to the larger puzzle - making this a very cohesive series indeed.

The other thing that makes this unique is watching how Charlie readjusts to living outside prison after 12 years inside. There are little things like catching up on new technology, or his dislike of fences and his deep appreciation for fresh fruit. But it's more than just that, as we also see the ex-con mentality of hating the penal system and police, combined with the fact that he's one of the people those 12 years taught him to despise.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mr. William Oxley VINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2008
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A cop series with a difference.

Damian Lewis(who starred in Band of Brothers)plays Detective Charlie Crews. A cop wrongly convicted and after spending 12 years in jail, he is back. Not just back, but financially compensated and promoted to detective.

Like all the good recent dramas there is a thread running through each series that slowly gets revealed. Who set him up? While he is trying to work this out he continues his day job, and enjoys his wealthy bachelor lifestyle.

The series is original, involving, and well acted. If you liked Dexter you will enjoy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By j.r on 14 Jun. 2012
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If you enjoy shows like Breaking Bad or Dexter then I think you'll enjoy Life. This 11 episode season one 3 disc set is very watchable and I found I'd watched it over 3 nights. The show isn't quite perfect and I'm hoping season 2 is even better, but I still found it good viewing. Each episode has a different murder mystery along with a continuing over all plot. I liked all the characters and also enjoyed the occasional action scenes which were well put together, particuarly on the final episode. What the show lacks is a good theme tune, and the music score in general does vary from excellent to annoying(especially some songs that play over some grisley murder scenes).I also think Damian lewis is very good in the leading role but I think the script writers should have got the balance better as to whether he was supposed to be a hard and intimidating character or a off beat and comical character. It's not a massive problem, and I know he's supposed to be a contradictory and confused character(given his history as a good cop sent to prison), but I just found the scenes where he was supposed to be threatening, whether to a suspect or his ex wifes new husband, it didn't quite work.
Over all though a very enjoyable show and I'm going to watch the longer second season soon(21 episodes).
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