This limited series is the best series I've seen since HBO's "The Wire". The main story and main character are surrounded by other stories and other characters. My expectations were exceeded many times over. The night of the event takes a backstage to the people and happenings prior to and the aftermath. People adapt, fall in love, risk careers, cross forbidden lines, close their minds to different possibilities, disagree, doubt one another, but still in the end must rely on someone else. I am intentionally being non-specific to avoid giving away the plot, which is intricate to say the least. You must see it for yourself. Knowing what happens before and after is important to understanding "What Happened 'The Night Of'".
The Night Of takes you on a roller coaster ride and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole series. Great acting and character development allows you to witness how a series of events can change your life forever. Take a deeper dive into the criminal justice system we have today and the implications that exist for those involved, both directly and indirectly.
The word 'Genius' is thrown around these days, sometimes to not-so-great effect. To call 'The Night Of' genius is to underestimate the thing itself. Steven Zaillian, Richard Price, and Company have created something that will stand the test of time. It so greatly evokes the current frame of mind in regards to so many things (prejudice, incarceration, the legal process, bias, etc.) that one is almost overwhelmed as you watch. John Turturro is so amazing in this...and Riz Ahmed astounds. You cannot go wrong with 'The Night Of.'
Snagged it on Black Friday for only $20, too! ;)
This is one of the best crime series I've ever see. It's 8 episodes and it feels and flows like an 8 hour movie. The acting,directing,and writing are all fantastic. I couldn't recommend it enough especially for those who love a good crime story.
HBO continues their outstanding programming with yet another series following their True Detective seasons 1 & 2. I sat down to watch the first episode of this series and ended up watching the entire thing in one sitting...it's THAT good.
The BD boxset is the way to go but I did view parts of the DVD version later on and it's worthy as well....should you choose the DVD format. My purchase of the BD at Best Buy was at a ridiculously low price. Find yours on sale and it's a win/win. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
The Night of is the American version of the UK's "Criminal Justice" Season 1. Extraordinarily written and acted. You can sympathize with a character in one episode and hate it on the next and vice-versa. Throughout a criminal case, the series shows many of the problems of our penal system, where someone can be transformed completely in something worse than before; innocent people can be converted into criminals inside the system, just because they needed to survive it.