Rectify

This Sundance series wants to be liked. It has an impressively artful title sequence, cool opening tunes, intriguing premise, and unique looking actors. I wanted to like it, I swear. I only made it through four episodes, though, and my reasons for quitting it are not straightforward.

The lead actor–Aden Young–has an incredible face, full of potential. You’re constantly waiting for him to emote. Which he does, more or less. Less, mostly. He plays a falsely-accused man who has spent the last 19 years on death row. At the outset of the series, he is being released from prison when some DNA evidence calls his conviction into question. He is not exonerated, though, and will probably (I wouldn’t know…) spend the rest of the series proving his innocence to some members of his family and the small-minded folks in his small Georgia town.

While in prison, he found Buddhism, and while meditation and reflection got him through his daily existence on the inside, he is seen as an odd duck who won’t make decisions or crack a smile on the outside. Or maybe that’s just how I see him. The pace of this show is slow and methodical, the characters are fully drawn and rich, and the stereotypes are purposefully gray. For some reason, it just doesn’t click. Maybe it’s because I quickly decided I disliked his sister, both the character and the actor, and she has a disappointingly major role. Maybe it’s because the score to Sonic the Hedgehog drives me insane, and he’s spending a lot of time playing it. Or it could be that the trend of fancy, artsy soap operas with unusual premises has run its course a bit, and I just need a break.

Sorry, it’s a “no”.

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Lori K.

Transplanted Yankee single mom trying to survive living in the South

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