True Detective 1 Season 2014

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Season 1
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1. The Long Bright Dark

Series Premiere. Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), lead investigators in a macabre 1995 Louisiana murder, relive the case and their partnership in the wake of new info.

Starring:
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson
Runtime:
59 minutes

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 26 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Right from the stylish opening credits and the excellent soundtrack that accompanies them I was hooked on this brilliant murder mystery thriller.

Woody Harrelson and Matthew Mcconaughey are on career best form as Marty and Rust, two New Orleans detectives investigating a ritualistic murder from 1995. The story and the case plays out in various time frames - the original investigation in 95 as well as 2002 and the present day. The murder itself and the identity of the killer or killers is almost secondary at times, it's the issue that drives the plot but True Detective is as much about the men doing the hunting, their lives and relationships etc.

It may not be for everyone as it's not told at a breakneck pace and Mcconaugheys character does love a good philosophical debate/rant. It's more of a slower, steady, tense build to a dramatic conclusion. I found it to be gripping and enthralling, it really gets under your skin. Like much of the best tv stuff these days it plays out almost like a 7/8 hour movie. The cast, director and production values are all of the highest standard - as well as the aforementioned lead roles, Michelle Monaghan is also excellent as Marty's wife and there's strong support across the board.

I'd recommend it very highly, especially to fans of The Wire or David Finchers Zodiac.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By twitter-bird on 26 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This has been the most exhilarating experience on television this year. 'True Detective' is is crime drama like nothing you have seen before. Yes, perhaps one can see facets of other highly-rated series we may have watched over the years but no other series has come close to what 'True Detective' has achieved. It gets under your skin. Period.

The acting from all players is is sterling but Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are just too good, especially McConaughey but then his character is more layered and his dialogue, especially his philosophizing, is just so rich. The story is gothic, wrapped in the now familiar hunt for a serial killer but never done like this before to this extent. The storytelling is detailed, the conversations authentic, the acting intense and the dreariness, the futility of peoples lives and the inevitability of death just oozes of the screen and slaps you right in the face.

The story is essentially the hunt for a serial killer across seventeen years but the horror is only part of the tale. The relationship between the detectives, their individual world-view and their relationship with those around them takes center-stage. The setting is Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina and the multiple time-lines show the initial investigation in 1995 which then forms the background to the present day where a new killing is being investigated by two other detectives but where the m.o. points to the same killer. All of the episodes are excellent but the brief glimpse of the killer in Episode 3 and the sustained tension towards the end of Episode 4 stand out as does the climatic action sequence.

I encourage you to buy and watch this series in two sittings over a long weekend on balmy nights. You will not be disappointed. The blu-ray set has plenty of special features including commentaries and interviews and more besides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on 27 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
A very interesting mini-series taking place in New Orleans and Louisiana.

A recent and very disturbing crime, hardly described actually, sends two cops in today's world back into the past and a similar crime that is described with more detail, though not too much, and especially the two ex-cops who dealt with the crime at the time in 1995 or so. The crime got a solution. In fact a solution was found and the spectacular crime was not repeated but the deeper crime which was the abduction and disappearance of children was never examined in depth because of a blocking element in the family circle of the governor and one of his relative, nephew or whatever, who was a preacher and who had a whole network of religious institutions dealing with the education of children, and yet any piece of inquiry was leading that way, to these institutions, particularly one that was closed after some kind of hushed up scandal.

The two cops who dealt with that older case are both out of the police force and they become, particularly one, suspects or persons of interest for the two modern time cops.

The investigation of the two modernistic cops will lead nowhere. They actually will come across one of the people in the case but they will not know the difference between right and left (or wrong as for that) nor back and front.

The two ex-cop turned private investigators will come to a real solution this time, some kind of a closure but the solution will not be satisfactory because the political and religious establishment in New Orleans will accept you arresting in a way or another one or two of the members of the grass and roots monstrous army that practices children abduction as a sport and entertainment for further games and distractions but not higher than that.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Voltaire on 14 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Far more cinematic, powerfully acted, beautifully written (with the most quotable dialogue ever) and filmed than any movie I've seen in the last 10 years. And I'm quite the cinephile.

The dynamic pairing of McConaughey and Harrelson shows what film chemistry is all about. Harrelson has never, ever been better (and this work reminds you of just how great he can be), but McConaughey blows the roof off and, adding to his exemplary run of intense, devastating recent performances (Dallas Buyers Club, Mud, Killer Joe, etc.), he makes an easy-to-defend case for his being the greatest actor working today.

Less a serial killer thriller or police procedural than a psychological study of two broken men, True Detective adroitly mixes noir, Southern Gothic horror, drama and black comedy to come up with an original formula that is bound to be much copied, but never equalled.

You'll never get Rust Cohle out of your head though. You have been warned. The musical score is to die for, brilliantly compiled by T. Bone Burnett.
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