Cast: Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One), Kyle Chandler (Zero Dark Thirty), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men), Norbert Leo Butz (Mercy Street), Sissy Spacek (The Help, Carrie)
Creators: Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman)
“Sometimes you know somethings coming, you can feel it,” says leading character, John Rayburn. And you can, because from the opening scenes you know you are in for a SUPERB series, because it is; you can feel it.
Set in the stunning Florida Keys, Bloodline is an EPIC family drama.
Life is ticking along quite nicely for the successful, enviable Rayburns, until black sheep of the family Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) returns home to celebrate a family occasion. Tension is high amongst his siblings. The tension amplifies when he decides to stay.
His return unleashes a chain of spiralling events that will keep you glued to the screen.
“This is a bad idea,” says Danny, and for him he’s right.
The sun may be shining, but there’s the darkest of clouds on the horizon.
What attracted me initially, Ben Mendelsohn, without a doubt. He’s a gifted actor that perhaps is not on everyone’s radar, but should be. The rollercoaster ride, you will have with his character, you root for him, you don’t, you feel sorry for him, you distrust him. So nuanced is his performance, I’m excited just writing about it.
All three series must be commended for the strength in the writing.
“The secret is knowing when to leave,” says Danny, and ending on the third series, was a wise decision. End on a high, I say.
Every character is complex and has an arc, their layers continuously peal back. I imagine a gift for any actor. Every single performance is executed with precision.
“You don’t give up on your family,” says sibling John. And you won’t give up on this TV show.
Bloodline is an outstanding piece of TV and sets the bar. This show is worth every single moment invested in it.
Miss this, miss out.
Words: Claire Bueno
|Runtime: 51 minutes, 3 series||Year: 2015-2017||Genre: Drama. Thriller||Streaming Service: Netflix UK, Netflix US|