Cast: Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Horrible Bosses) Laura Linney (Sully: Miracle on the Hudson, Love Actually) Julia Garner (The Americans), Peter Mullen (Sunset Song, Top of the Lake)
Director: 4 Episodes by Jason Bateman (Arrested Development)
Creators: Bill Dubuque (The Accountant), Mark Williams (The Accountant)
Ozark. Accurately described as Bloodline meets Breaking Bad.
An analogy I will credit my friend Vivien Reid for, as her description is spot on, and I cannot describe it better myself. So thank you Vivien!
We learn in the first episode, that every good drug baron needs a man who can launder money. A man who can make his ill-gotten gains, as clean as a whistle. Enter financial advisor Martin 'Marty' Byrde (Jason Bateman).
A man stereotypically not designed for a life of crime, but that’s what makes Ozark. As you totally buy into (pardon the pun) Marty, as we see just how resourceful he can be, and the lengths he will go to, to protect his family.
Lengths that will take him uprooting them from Chicago, to the Lakes of the Ozark, Missouri.
And talking of family, what a tour de force Jason Bateman and Laura Linney make as husband and wife. Their relationship is complex, their emotional tug of war, juxtaposed their impenetrable bond is a joy to watch. And their nuanced performances, do anchor this story.
Along with the Mexican cartel, the FBI are also gunning for poor Marty. Is there no relent for this poor man? No. And neither will there be for you, because once you start to watch, you’ll be hooked.
Bateman directs four of the episodes, and skilled he is too. Wait until you get to the last episode, you’ll see why. His sense of rhythm, timing and heightened drama is outstanding.
I can’t not give Peter Mullen a mention. A gifted Scottish actor who to my humble opinion, convincingly pulls of a Missouri accent and is utterly chilling as an unflinching poppy farmer.
Once on-board with Ozark, you won’t want to disembark, and good news is you won’t have to as season 2 is on the way!
Words: Claire Bueno
|Runtime: 1 hour, 10 episodes||Year: 2017||Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller||Streaming Service: Netflix UK, Netflix US|