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Pre-wire - a warm up if you will,
This review is from: The Corner (HBO Mini Series) [DVD]  (DVD)
I watched the Corner having already watched the Wire and loved it. Despite being freaked out that a lot of the same actors are in both series (especially when they are junkies in the Corner and police in the Wire)it acts as a sort of warm up for newbies. The 6 part mini series is based on real interviews and it's gritty ie. they show a lot of needles which made my husband very queasy ! The characters are likeable though and considering I wasn't sure how dark this would be I found myself really engaged in the story of how members of one family have been affected by poverty and drugs.
This really won't appeal to everyone, but that's not the point. It't nowhere near as many hours as the wire so you can get an introduction or if like me you watch it after then you pretty much know you'll get the hang of it. Well written and beautifully acted throughout - worth a watch.
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Initial post: 7 May 2009 17:54:36 BDT
O. Parker says:
I think saying The Corner is based on "real interviews" doesn't quite do it justice. In researching the book that this mini-series is based upon they spent a whole year hanging out in the neighborhood following these people. They didn't just interview their subjects they essentially lived among them for a year.
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