Let me begin by saying that I believe James Purefoy is a great actor. Anything that I see him in I automatically feel the need to watch , now that doesn't necessarily mean that everything he's in is up to his standard as an actor ( that retched series The Following, what a disappointment). But this series was actually good, not great, but it was entertaining.
Purefoy plays a lawyer who lives away from big city life after he defended a man of murder that he later finds out is guilty. You see that his character isn't all there, he seems to be seeing things and you come to the realization quite quickly that he has or had some sort of meltdown. He is called upon by a friend to defend him in a murder case, and he reluctantly accepts.
His wife is a writer that gives literature classes in a juvenile facility, there she meets a boy with great potential as a writer, and she decides on helping him in his search for a career as an author.
There is also a police officer investigating another murder that has a connection with the case that brought Purefoy's character to his breakdown.
The series consists of five episodes, each more interesting than the last. You have murder, intrigue, and a mystery. Now why don't I give it 5 stars, you might ask?
Well for starters it's all pretty predictable, not all of it but most of it. The coincedances with the wife, police investigation and the juvenile facility are a bit too much for my tastes.
But the biggest problem I had with the series was the investigating police officer ( who's a dead ringer for one of the guys in The Pet Shop Boys ) , he is just the least likable character in this. And I know you don't have to like every character in a movie, but it's frustrating when you take away from the action to show us his storyline. He is such a creep that if it has nothing to do with the plot, then I don't care to watch it. Because believe me at the end of the day, it has very little impact on the story, and going through the torture of watching this ass to have it come to nothing is just inconsiderate on the part of the filmmakers.
And another thing that bugged me was the incessant use of the scene in the first episode where someone is shot in the head, this scene is shown in every episode after that. In. Every. Episode. At least twice. We get it already. We're not idiots.
So if you want to be entertained watch it, it's not rocket science, and you will probably know how it will end, but I still believe it's worth watching for Purefoy alone. Now The Following, that's another story.