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Person of Interest - Season 1 [DVD + UV Copy] 
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Jim Caviezel (The Thin Red Line), Michael Emerson (Lost) and Taraji P. Henson (Hustle and Flow) team up in this thought-provoking crime action drama from The Dark Knight's Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions (Fringe, Lost, Alias). Set in New York City, with all of its multifaceted elements of justice (i.e., cops, criminals, corruption), this procedural centers on an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who partners with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes.
Using data siphoned off the United States intelligence agencies' threat matrix deemed irrelevant to national security -- information concerning not terrorism, but violent crimes of a personal nature -- the unpredictable former agent Reese and his enigmatic partner, Finch, identify a "person of interest" and set about solving the mystery of the impending crime that person will be involved in. Tapping into the world's Big Brother-like surveillance network, the shadowy duo knows that something bad is going to happen; it's their mission to discover what that event will be ... and somehow prevent it.
Operating on a parallel track are New York detectives Carter and the corrupt Fusco, who must enforce the law while still abiding by it. Running counterpoint to Reese's unconventional yet effective methods, Carter strives not only to collar criminals, but the evasive Reese as well. Inspired by the chilling omnipresence of global surveillance and information tracking, Person of Interest delivers the familiar elements of a crime procedural in a heightened, unpredictable manner -- as Reese and Finch race to solve each crime before it occurs
The initial reason to get interested in Person Of Interest? The involvement of one Jonathan Nolan, its creator and regular writer for the show. Nolan's work on The Dark Knight trilogy ensures he arrives with pedigree, but then what he's constructed here is a compelling show in its own right. Person Of Interest brings together a former CIA agent who's assumed to be dead, and an equally mysterious billionaire. Through the use of highly advanced surveillance technology, it turns out that they're able to prevent crimes. It's not an exact science, and that's ample for this impressive crime thriller to take hold.
Appreciating its concept is a little far-fetched, although there's plenty that it has to say about surveillance, Person Of Interest amps up the interest by doing lots of things right. The casting is excellent for instance, with former Lost star Michael Emerson as the billionaire, and Jim Caviezel playing the former agent. There's plenty here to put a skew on the oh-so-familiar television crime drama.
Constantly able to pluck out surprises, and with few drab episodes in this impressive opening season, Person Of Interest has much to recommend it. The disc release itself adds a few extras to the mix, too, one or two of which will do nothing to calm any paranoia within you. A strong series, and a very worthwhile boxset. --Jon FosterSee all Product Description
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Each episode revolves around a specific investigation. Caviezel is a bona fide leading man, and despite criticism as to the depth of his performances, his role in season 1 is very much physical, and he is as convincing in the role as I have seen on television. You can't teach screen presence after all!
Emrerson, once again, is a delight and commands the audience attention every frame he is on camera. Who could forget his turn on LOST?
The talented supporting cast, fast paced plot, and intriguing premise guarantee most viewers will be coming back for more.
Along with homeland, the best new drama of 2011.
Let's hope they can keep this standard up in season 2...
To the show however, the basic concept is a feel good factor of a duo, the brains and the brawn, working together to stop various bad deeds from occurring. This is done through the transmission of a social security number (national insurance number for the USA) from a mysterious source (I won't spoil with details). They then need to figure out if the person this matches to is either the potential victim or perpetrator of a crime.
These characters are supported by a few other regulars who provide necessary roles in hindering/helping certain plot lines which keeps the story lines at a pace that may otherwise risked flagging.
The quality of the picture and sound is excellent with an extended pilot and other extras included. I wouldn't recommend this for the under 12s but for families without kids that young I think this could be shared. Violence is rarely regularly occurring and it's usually, due to the skills of the main character, over quickly!
The premise of Person of Interest is a paranoid's worst nightmare: The government is watching you. Every CCTV camera, every phone call and text, every email, every record about you is fed into a machine that knows what you're going to do before you even do it. The machine was built by Harold Finch (Michael Emerson from Lost) to predict when terrorists would attack, and it works, brilliantly. But before he handed it over to the US government he discovered it was also predicting crimes against ordinary people before they even happened. The government didn't care, so he built a backdoor that would feed him the social security numbers of these ordinary people. He doesn't know what will happen to them, or if they will be the victim or the criminal, but when a number comes out he knows it's just a matter of time before something violent happens.
This intriguing premise turns the usual detective show on it's head: the characters are preventing crimes, not solving them, and they need to work out what people are going to do, not whodunit.
Finch therefore needs someone to be his go-to man, to do the leg work and finally to step into violent situations to save the innocent. He recruits John Reese, an ex-CIA operative who has eneded up hiding out on the street after something unspecified and bad happened to him. Charismatically played by Jim Cavaziel, he quickly tidies up and stalks the streets in a sharp suit concealing some deadly weapon. He could be considered something of a Batman figure, swooping in to save someone with sudden violence and an enigmatic one-liner.Read more ›
Like so many good actors over the last few years he's now been given the chance in a role that he can expand and flesh out in a top quality TV series: POI is just that.
The scripts are interesting,the supporting actors are excellent in every episode and as the story line moves on we see no flagging in each seperate instalment.
In fact the last few episodes were outstanding drama and full of intrigue and of course action:theres no chance of falling asleep when you watch this series.
Special mention for Michael Emerson,Taraji Henson and the subtley brilliant Kevin Chapman(playing 'Fiasco'?)who made themselves indispensable to this opening season.
I've heard from other reviewers(who have access to Sky channels)that Season 2 is even better.Looking forward to buying the future seasons if the standard is as high as this.
Please note:skip the pilot episode on disc 1;watch the extended(by about 10 minutes)pilot episode on disc 6 which also has a commentry should you choose that option.My fault,I didn't spot this until I slotted in disc 6 and looked at the extras.
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Have just finished Season 5 and cannot rate this show highly enough ... superb !
Well written, very well cast and an intelligent, believable storyline. Read more
Pretty much stand-alone stories per episode. Very inventive story-telling.Published 4 months ago by Jenny (South Africa)