Sommerleigh Pollonais, Senior Writer
Plot: The lives of a photojournalist, a soccer mom and a homicide detective are disturbed by a terrible event from the past.
Review: Netflix might not be counted on for always producing smart thrillers but the same can’t be said for the British. Specifically the British production company Red Production Company (RPC).
If you’re a fan of the genre you’ve probably watched one of their mini-series and didn’t even realise it. Most recently I took in one of their engaging series that was also released on Netflix in 2020 called The Stranger. And this time continuing the trend of interesting characters combined with a solid thriller we have Stay Close.
The series stars Cush Jumbo as Megan, a woman who seems to have it all— a loving boyfriend turned fiancé, three beautiful children and an affluent life. All of which she may lose when someone from her past surfaces and brings with them secrets of a life Megan once had, a life she has gone to great lengths to escape from.
One of the things I love most about RPC’s (and British) shows is they don’t treat you like a child. Instead of making it obvious from the get-go who the good and bad guys are, the story takes it time revealing relevant information. They don’t waste your time with obvious red herrings and instead create complex narratives with fully fleshed-out characters that force you to wonder who they really are. And in doing so you find yourself not only eager for the next episode but genuinely surprised at the conclusion.
Joining Cush Jumbo here are James Nesbitt as DS Michael Broome, Richard Armitage as Ray Levine, a photojournalist who has past ties to Megan, Eddie Izzard as Harry Sutton a lawyer who has helped Megan in her prior life, and Youssef Kerkour as Ray’s best friend, just to name a few. Armitage is probably the most recognisable name in the bunch as he starred as Thorin in The Hobbit Trilogy and was also one of the leads in the aforementioned The Stranger, but all of the actors here were great in their roles.
If I have any complaints about this series, they probably lie with a couple called Barbie (Poppy Gilbert) and Ken (Hyoie O’Grady) and yes, you read that correctly. Barbie and Ken. I don’t want to discuss who or what they are about in the series as it will give away too much but their personas were a bit over the top and didn’t fit with the tone of the rest of the story; at least they didn’t work for me.
Overall though Stay Close is a well-paced, well-written and well-performed series that leaves room for continuation. But for those who just want a solid thriller with a conclusive ending, the series wraps most of its story up in a very satisfying way.
Sommer’s Score: 7.5 out of 10
Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever, and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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