Person of Interest

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Jim Caviezel (The Thin Red Line), Michael Emerson (Lost) and Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow) team up in this thought-provoking crime action drama from The Dark Knight's Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions (Fringe, Lost, Alias). Set in New York City, this procedural centers on an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who partners with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes.
Starring
Jim CaviezelTaraji P. HensonKevin Chapman
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SuspenseDramaAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    September 21, 2011
    44min
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    English [CC]
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    In the series premiere, the social security number of a young prosecutor comes up. Now Reese and Finch must work together to figure out if their person of interest is the victim or perpetrator.
  2. 2. Ghosts
    September 28, 2011
    44min
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    When they are given the Social Security number of a teenager who was killed two years ago, Reese and Finch begin to question the infallibility of The Machine. Meanwhile, Finch flashes back to The Machine's origin and how it was developed.
  3. 3. Mission Creep
    October 5, 2011
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    When the Machine directs Reese and Finch to a former soldier with shady connections to a crime ring, Reese must infiltrate the gang, taking part in their heist. Meanwhile, Detective Carter's closer than ever to finding out who Reese is.
  4. 4. Cura Te Ipsum
    October 12, 2011
    44min
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    When the number comes up on a promising young doctor, Megan Tillman (guest star LINDA CARDELLINI), Reese and Finch must unravel the threat while she's on-call and after hours.
  5. 5. Judgement
    October 19, 2011
    43min
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    When the Machine produces the social security number of a judge renowned for his tough sentencing, Reese and Finch have the added challenge of investigating a person of interest who wants nothing to do with their brand of vigilante justice.
  6. 6. The Fix
    October 26, 2011
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    Reese finds himself captivated by their latest Person of Interest (guest star PAIGE TURCO), a beautiful, shrewd and remarkably resourceful woman adept at problem solving.
  7. 7. Witness
    November 2, 2011
    44min
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    The Machine identifies a school teacher who witnessed a mob hit as their next POI. Now, Reese and Finch protect the unfortunate soul who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  8. 8. Foe
    November 16, 2011
    44min
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    When Reese and Finch discover that their latest POI has connections to Cold War Soviet espionage circles, they quickly learn how covert ops were handled in a world before The Machine. ALAN DALE (Lost) guest stars as the person they're tracking.
  9. 9. Get Carter
    December 7, 2011
    44min
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    Reese and Finch's game of cat and mouse with Detective Carter becomes infinitely more complicated when The Machine declares that she is their latest Person of Interest.
  10. 10. Number Crunch
    December 14, 2011
    44min
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    As Detective Carter deals with the fallout from her recent encounter with Reese and Finch, the Machine ups the ante for the duo by giving them four Social Security numbers instead of one.
  11. 11. Super
    January 11, 2012
    44min
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    Reese works the computer while Finch does the legwork with their latest target, a building superintendant who keeps too close an eye on his tenants.
  12. 12. Legacy
    January 18, 2012
    44min
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    It's decision time for Detective Carter. When Carter finally comes face-to-face with Reese, he urges her to join forces to help with their latest POI, a scrappy young woman from the wrong side of the tracks who turned her life around and became a lawyer.
  13. 13. Root Cause
    February 1, 2012
    44min
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    Reese and Finch's latest Person of Interest is a down-on-his-luck man (guest star MYK WATFORD) who may have reached his breaking point.
  14. 14. Wolf and Cub
    February 8, 2012
    44min
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    The Machine identifies Darren (guest star ASTRO), a teenager whose brother was just murdered, as the next POI. Now, Reese must struggle to protect the teen, who's hell bent on avenging his brother's death.
  15. 15. Blue Code
    February 15, 2012
    44min
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    Reese discovers there's more to the story after he infiltrates a smuggling ring to get close to his latest Person of Interest...who may be hiding a secret identity.
  16. 16. Risk
    February 22, 2012
    44min
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    Even white collar crimes have a body count. The Machine leads Reese and Finch to Wall Street when a sharp young trader at a major investment bank becomes embroiled in a multi-million dollar financial scam.
  17. 17. Baby Blue
    March 7, 2012
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    When The Machine spits out the number of a six-month-old baby, Reese and Finch turn into "overly protective parents" -- with an arsenal at their disposal. Meanwhile, Carter begins to question her new allegiance to Reese and Finch when Elias resurfaces.
  18. 18. Identity Crisis
    March 28, 2012
    44min
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    The Machine's latest number presents a unique challenge for Reese and Finch since the person has virtually no digital footprint and appears to be leading a double life.
  19. 19. Flesh and Blood
    April 4, 2012
    44min
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    When The Machine spits out five numbers, naming the Don of each of New York's crime families, Reese and Finch suspect Elias is planning to eliminate his competition. As Elias takes aim, someone close to Carter may pay the price.
  20. 20. Matsya Nyaya
    April 25, 2012
    44min
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    The Machine's latest number places Reese undercover with an armored truck crew, a case that brings back memories of his last CIA mission and painful decisions he was forced to make.
  21. 21. Many Happy Returns
    May 2, 2012
    44min
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    It's Reese's birthday, and Finch gives him a day off - especially when he realizes that The Machine's latest number is certain to revive painful memories.
  22. 22. No Good Deed
    May 9, 2012
    44min
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    The latest POI finds himself at the center of a dark government conspiracy - one that Finch is all too familiar with. Meanwhile, Reese uncovers something about Finch's past.
  23. 23. Fire Wall
    May 16, 2012
    44min
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    In the season finale, a psychologist becomes the target of one of her patients, and Reese must protect her while eluding capture by the FBI, who are closing in fast.

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Michael Emerson
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Season year
2012
Network
CBS
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Jo AnnReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Best season content of all the seasons. Love Caviezel's articulation, Paige Turco is beautiful as is Carter and Shaw and love their strength. -good to see women portrayed as they should be, smart, principled, able vs old days as victims. Emerson's variety of abilities and overcoming personal obstacles is inspirational. Bear of course is outstanding. Would have preferred the elimination of Decima and Samaritan and evil gray hair villain and focus on machine working on irrelevants. This had the potential of being dynamic crime fighting series with the variety of personality turns. The Violance for the most part was not gruesome as TV shows are evolving these days. Reese's skills are well done, get the job done and creative. Background on characters would have been nice to know on how they evolved-stingy on information that might have enhanced the episodes. Congrats to actors if they did their own stunts -hard on bodies and health. Take care.
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Mike PowersReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Person of Interest" Season 1 engages, compels.
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"Person of Interest" is a tense, taut crime/technological thriller that immediately engages and compels viewers with its highly innovative stories and superb acting from a first-rate cast that includes Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Amy Acker, and many others.

All 23 episodes of "Person of Interest's" first season very quickly established this as a series very different from every other drama on network TV. The show's main characters are Harold Finch (Emerson) and John Reese (Caviezel), two men who live in the shadows. Finch is a multi-billionaire computer designer and software developer who created a super-computer for the government; Reese is a former CIA agent and Special Forces soldier, now working for Finch as a "fixer" and enforcer.

Finch's super-computer, which he calls "The Machine," can sift through trillions of megabytes of data and then predict terrorist crimes against the United States. But Finch's "machine" not only can predict all future terrorist threats; it can also foretell every other future crime as well - felonies the government considers "too insignificant" to do anything about.

Finch, suffering from a severe permanent physical injury, feels honor-bound to do something to help stop those "insignificant" crimes before they happen. He enlists the assistance of a down-and-out, homeless, alcoholic Reese, who reluctantly agrees to be Finch's agent in the field.

Complicating matters for both Finch and Reese is the fact that Reese is being hunted by both the CIA and the FBI, who consider him a major threat to national security; and by the NYPD, who suspects him of committing a series of unsolved murders.

"Person of Interest" is a terrific show on many levels. The acting is superb. Emerson and Caviezel maintain a quiet, reserved demeanor, a characteristic that adds tremendous credibility to each character's persona. Supporting actors, especially Taraji P. Henson who plays NYPD Detective Carter, and Kevin Chapman, who plays Detective Fusco, are equally good in their roles.

But what sets "Person of Interest" apart from other new shows (most of which try to bring something "fresh" and "different" to their story lines) is that this show actually does that. Each episode creates a chilling, almost paranoid atmosphere from beginning to end.

All of this adds up to a show that quietly and poses a question we all must grapple with: is vigilante justice ever an acceptable means of preventing or solving crimes? It's a question the show's creators and producers have wisely left unanswered, for even though viewers can see the positive results of Reese's and Finch's efforts, they should carefully consider the means used to achieve their desired ends. Highly recommended.
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YoungnstudlyReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
My new favorite series.
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I've only seen reruns of Person of Interest randomly on TV, and honestly I wasn't terribly into it at first due to the fact I have never seen it from the beginning. The plot is thick and well thought out, but if you don't follow it in sequence, it can be confusing. Well, once I started watching it from the first episode forward, everything made much more sense! Now I'm hooked, as I was with Burn Notice, NCIS, and so many other TV series. It can be serious and light hearted at the same time, and I like the subtle humor thrown into each storyline. Now I'm waiting to get the next season when I can afford it.
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AmazonShopperReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting concept, great acting, amazing storyline !!!!
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"Person of Interest": its as interesting as it gets !!!

It is one of the best drama series I have watched on TV for a very long time (Breaking Bad excluded though!!).

The concept of the series is very good and innovative. I love the acting of the guy who played John Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Harold Finch (Michael Emerson). The supporting cast particularly Joslyn Carter (played by Taraji P. Henson) and Lionel Fusco (played by Kevin Chapman) have also done a commendable job. My favorite though is the duo of Reese and Finch !!!!

The best thing about this is it has a new story line in every episode. And yet there is an overall story developing over the episodes. In a way, you get the best of both the worlds. The premise of getting a SSN number from "The Machine" and using it to save an innocent life seems to be interesting.

Another interesting thing about this series is the way they show parts of the past life of all the characters which makes sense in the bigger picture and helps the viewer understand the overall story.

I am so hooked to this drama series that I gave a pass to Game of Thrones (Season 5, Episode 5) last week to watch the second season of Person of Interest.

The only bad thing: its not free on any of the services like Amazon Instant video, Netflix, CBS etc. !!!!
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Gary Lee MorrisonReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Snowden/Wikileaks Era
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It took me a few episodes to get hooked, but it is a fascinating series. Now that we are in the Snowden and Wikileaks era, the whole concept of government surveillance and invasion of privacy has great relevance. The premise is that the government has a supercomputer that can do surveillance and identify and stop potential terrorists. But the billionaire genius behind its production has found a way to tap into it and run the programs that identify individual citizens who are about to meet up with some harm (a weird and slightly mad performance by Michael Emerson). He teams up with a partner, one of the walking wounded ex-CIA agents, to prevent the crimes (the enigmatic,emotionally deep Jim Caviezel). However, I felt some of the individual episodes were too focused on vigilante justice. As with all vigilante justice, be prepared for a high rate of murder and bloody acts against the perpetrators of crime to save the intended victims. If focused on the larger issues of government interference, surveillance, invasion of privacy and the abuse of individual rights it would be better. When focused on vigilante justice it simply gets violent and bloody. It is worth watching, because it is getting better and better, and I believe the next season will take it to another level. It is always good to see the excellent Jim Caviezel, and this is probably his best work since his extraordinary performance in Terence Mallick's brilliant The Thin Red Line. All the performances are strong. The blu-ray quality is excellent. Recommended.
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MaddyReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a subtle show that sneaks up and hooks you.
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When POI first came out, I had a scheduling conflict and chose to watch another show I'd already been watching because this one seemed kind of slow. A friend convinced me to go back and start over because it really picks up after about the 4th episode. I'm so glad I did.

It seems slow at first because there's so much they have to set up and you, as a viewer, need to learn, but things are still happening on the show. This is one of those shows where lots of things are happening and the way they solve the cases is through a lot of technology with Finch and a lot of Black Ops smarts and whoop-*ss with Reese. By about the 5th episode, all the characters really start to depend on each other and you start to root for them to be friends as they work outside the law for a common cause for good.

As an extra treat, there's always a thread of a story in the background about the creation of the Machine and what happened to the characters to get them where they are today. If you pay attention to that, you'll find it's like a puzzle and the show is even better.

I'm glad I went ahead and got the dvds when they went on sale. Every time I watch them I notice something different.
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The TorpedoReviewed in the United States on May 18, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ratchet Up The Tension
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I'm not one given to much TV. Many of the shows currently on are crude and without much class or creativity.

Then comes "Person of Interest", a refreshing show in which the actors actually have storyline to flesh out, and what a storyline it is. The tension gets ratcheted up with every episode and none more so than the season finale. I can't remember when I've seen a season finale with more engrossing tension, with barely a pause until the end. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed such a well crafted show. Kudos to the show writers, producers and directors for striking a great balance of involvement between the main characters, as well as introducing additional characters who enhance the already great acting and storyline. There is so much packed into each episode I often wonder how this show will last beyond a single season. It just seems sometimes as if all the plot twists and character discoveries will be used up before the show has a lasting run, but to their credit the creativity of the writers and producers keeps surprising. All this not to mention the skillful acting of Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel, Taraji Henson and Kevin Chapman who make it entirely believable. Well done.
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TonyReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent quality blu-ray for an excellent show
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I bought the blu-ray/DVD combo pack, and it was worth every penny. The visual quality of the blu-rays looks great on my HDTV through my PS3. Everything looks very crisp, the colors look vibrant and cool when they're supposed to. Everything you'd expect in a high quality blu-ray. The audio is excellent, too. Jim Caviezel was kind of hard to hear sometimes when I was watching the program on air since he speaks in a low voice a lot, but the audio is clearer on the blu-ray, imo. I have not experienced any hiccups or artifacting anywhere, so rest assured that you'll be getting great playback.

This may seem silly, but the menus are very intuitive and easy to navigate. I love how while I'm watching an episode, I can press the UP button on my PS3 controller to pull up the menus, see which episode I'm on, etc. all while being non-intrusive on the episode. I haven't tried this on a regular blu-ray, but it works well if you are playing your disc through a PS3. The menus are also broken down into tiers, so submenus pop up as a line right above the main menus, which I prefer instead of clicking a menu and going to a whole other screen.

The show doesn't have a ton of extras on these discs, but at least there are some. There are some commentary extras and such. Not too many behind the scenes. I think there is an extended pilot, which I have yet to watch, but all in all, I'm happy with what they put on the discs. If you were looking forward to a ton of extras content, then you may be disappointed in this department, but I found it to be satisfactory.

The packaging is pretty nice. It comes in a well constructed slip cover, and then all the discs are housed in a booklet format. Blu-rays, then the DVD discs. There is also a paper for anyone who wants UltraViolet copies (I personally hate UV from prior experiences, but that's just me). It's hard to explain, but I'm sure most people have had packaging where the discs are difficult to get out. When you push down on the middle section to release the disc, and sometimes there isn't a good place to grip the edge of the disc or the mid-section just won't let go--this is not the case with this package. All the discs are secure, while also being easy to take out for quick disc swapping. It just goes to show that whoever made the packaging put some thought and care into it, and that this is a quality product.

Lastly, I typically focus on the product itself since people buying a season/film already know all about it, but I just wanted to write a brief blurb about my opinions on the show. I watched this series from day one because I am a huge fan of the Nolan brothers' work (Jonathan is the brother of Christopher Nolan who co-wrote and directed the recent Batman trilogy, Inception, The Prestige). If you enjoy their films, then it is extremely likely that you will enjoy this show. The protagonist, John Reese, is an ex-military agent who specialized in counter-terrorist hit jobs, living off the radar. He is a mysterious and dark anti-hero, much in the vein of Batman. His partner, Harold Finch, is a reclusive billionaire and computer genius who built a machine for the government to basically spy on the entire country through 24/7 wiretaps, surveillance camera footage, etc. It is built to detect and prevent acts of terror, but it ignores other premeditated acts of crime. Finch finds John and they become partners in trying to stop violent crimes. Early on, John recruits a dirty cop, Fusco, who, as the show progresses, reveals himself to be a respectable man who actually cares about helping people. Another detective, Carter, chases "the man in a suit," what the police say when referring to John. Carter is a straight cop who does not put up with corruption, or vigilantism.

All of these characters, along with many minor and recurring characters build a suspenseful, character-rich, and intricate storyline with multiple sub-plots. In my summary, it becomes pretty clear that there are many connections between this show and the Batman trilogy, so if you want a complex crime drama (I'd say this show is most closely akin to The Dark Knight), then this show will surely not disappoint. The acting is superb, too, with a great cast. Many of the actors are immediately recognizable (Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Michael Kelly) and all the rest play their parts very well. It's an intelligently written and directed series that will always have you wanting more, as each episode ends with a question, cliff-hanger, or a satisfying character engagement that leaves the audience wanting to explore their world even more.

Basically: I highly recommend this series, and this blu-ray copy of it. Both top notch!!
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