Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey turn in flawless performances as a pair of detectives looking into a murder case in the Louisiana bayou country that has all the elements of being a cult killing. Their investigation not only uncovers a deep, dark secret but reveals the hidden sides of both men.
The eight-episode season that aired on HBO also features superb writing by series creator Nic Pizzolatto and an often haunting score from Academy Award-winning composer T Bone Burnett.
Despite a valiant effort by the cast (led by Liam Neeson), the script relies so heavily on people acting stupid, ignoring all logic and making absurd decisions that all it would have taken is one moment of common sense to ground the flight shortly after takeoff. No such moment comes and the film soars through a plot that grows to preposterous heights.
Also out this week
“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”: CIA analyst (Chris Pine) goes into the field when a global terrorist network is about to be activated.