I do love a good crime series so when I logged into Netflix today for a catch up of my weekly release episodes, I decided instead to give The Sinner a try and like a good book or a fine wine, I was hard pressed to put this latest Netflix original down.
This excellently drawn out, 8 part series has all the makings of a hit from the get go. Jessica Biel’s character could not have been better portrayed and there is something to be said for Bill Pullman’s unrelenting determination to find the truth, because after all, that is his job. This series taps into a very real concept early on, that music and its repetition can be the source of our true happiness or the catalyst for a murderous re-enactment of a psychotic event from the past.
Without giving too much of the game away, this series is a must watch! It is gripping yet disturbing from the outset and I found my anxiety levels reaching an unnecessary high as each revelation came to light. Every character has been deeply developed to reveal a piece of a much larger puzzle in Cora’s (Jessica Biel) story and the evolution of the relationship between her and Harry (Bill Pullman) is something to be scrutinised and admired from Part 1, oozing hatred and complexity with each interaction. I’d be loathe not to make mention of Harry’s interesting extra curricular past time that he cannot seem to shake, despite his best efforts. A testament to his ambitious personality and his inability to ‘let things go’ without which, there wouldn’t have been a series to begin with.
Many scenes, especially those of Cora as a young girl and the relationship (or lack thereof) with her mother, father, sister, aunt and God, touched me at my very core. The depiction is so very real and yet so very inappropriate, upsetting and enthralling at every plot twist; turn and chicane. Cora’s husband, the ever brooding Kit Harrington lookalike, is a sucker for emotional punishment and his part to play as the conflicted partner and doting father is a taxing one, cleverly played out in his non verbal characterisation.
Sex and lovemaking are an underlying constant throughout the series, visually explored through the eyes and attitudes of the various characters and their relationship with copulation. A psychological look into the world of coitus from as many angles as a non-pornographic series can permit with as many sexual references it can squeeze in for the benefit of abusive character development.
It is an exploration of the dark and depraved, the disturbing and the deranged.
This series is based on a book of the same name, published in 1999 by German author Petra Hammesfahr and so if you’ve read the book, you know where this series is going. Fortunately, despite a few changes for date relevancy, it has been said that this series stays true to the book – die hard fans will not be disappointed.
If I haven’t drawn you in yet, just watch the first episode and this addictive plot will. It is the story of a young woman who, on the outside appears to be normal. Sane. Living a standard, happy life. It is the story of the same woman cracking and the various disturbing ways she was led to the moment in time that would change her life and the lives of those around her forever.
It is about a murder where even the murderer doesn’t know the motive. A ‘whydunnit’ with a twist.
Happy bingeing Xx
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