Friday, April 13, 2018

Harlan Coben's SAFE on Netflix: May 10

I can't wait for the Netflix launch (May 10) of Harlan Coben's Safe. I posted about this before, but wanted to give you a heads up of where to watch in the US.

I really enjoy Harlan Coben's books, and I've enjoyed the translations into TV series. Now we have another series, this one a UK series but with Michael C. Hall at the center of the production.

From Variety:

Like his new TV thriller “Safe,” they are efficient suspense delivery systems, and any deficiencies in character development are usually overshadowed by the satisfying tick-tock nature of the plot and the interlocking mysteries threatening upscale people who find themselves spiraling into trouble.

Safe, Coben’s second foray into TV after the U.K. series The Five, has a mostly British cast, and takes place in a luxury gated community in the English suburbs. At the center of this drama, however, is Michael C. Hall, an American actor who speaks here with a British accent. This will be jarring for viewers who watched him on “Six Feet Under” and “Dexter”: It’s hard to get Dexter Morgan’s flat American pronunciation out of your head as you watch Hall play a middle-class English surgeon.
Hall’s attempt at an English accent is reasonably successful, even if it sounds a bit forced at times. 

The good news is Safe is a plot-driven drama that doesn’t rely all that much on extensive conversation, and what dialogue it does have is workmanlike at best. But in its first two episodes, it delivers on what it promises in its taut opening scenes: It’s a slick portrait of one man’s descent into a nightmare, one that threatens to damage the fragile connections within several families. It’s essentially a propulsive nighttime soap opera littered with crimes, well-appointed kitchens, and surveillance cameras everywhere.
Harlan Coben's 'Safe' on Netflix; 8 episodes Netflix launch date, May 10
Executive producers, Harlan Coben, Danny Brocklehurst, Richard Fee, Nicola Shindler, Michael C. Hall.
Cast: Michael C. Hall, Audrey Fleurot, Amanda Abbington, Marc Warren, Emmet J. Scanlan, Hannah Arterton, Nigel Lindsay, Laila Rouass.

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