As three post college grads, we are constantly trying to find ways of entertaining ourselves on a budget…which led us to three pretty serious Netflix addictions. Netflix never fails to feed our addiction for finding movies we’ve never heard of, or filling our need to binge watch shows we missed or just want to relive. Each week, RPW will be posting about their Netflix finds. We hope you enjoy!
After celebrating Halloween a little too hard Saturday night, I wanted nothing more than veg on my couch and binge watch something on Netflix. After cracking open a bag of Halloween candy and ordering Chinese, I wanted something kind of scary. That’s when I remembered a Q&A with Jamie Dornan, the new Christian Grey, I read about The Fall.
The five-episode series aired in the UK on BBC Two over the summer. The show is classified as a psychological thriller and follows two “hunters.” The first being Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan), a bereavement counselor who stalks, torments, and eventually kills single, brunette, professional women in Belfast, Ireland. Paul’s wife Sally (Bronagh Waugh) and their two young children are clueless to his double life. The second hunter is female Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson), a Detective sent from the Metropolitan Police to review the investigation into the death of Alice Monroe, the daughter-in-law of a powerful politician (and Spector’s latest victim).
Mostly, I started the show because I was curious about Dornan’s acting abilities. I tuned-in for his brief stint on ABC’s Once Upon a Time and heard that his acting in this show was phenomenal. It was.
His portrayal of Spector is haunting to say the least. Dornan plays Spector as a charming family man and adorable flirt then, as if on a dime, his entire face changes and he becomes a chilling, ruthless killer. As you watch, Spector lurks in the shadows of women’s apartments and homes, taunts the police, and openly fantasizes about torturing women yet you find yourself hoping he doesn’t get caught. It’s a delicate balance and Dornan does it beautifully. He’s so believable that he gave my poor roommate nightmares (consider that a warning).
On the other side of the coin, Gillian Anderson plays Gibson as a strong, independent woman. For the detective, men are playthings. She shows little emotion throughout the series, except when she finds herself relating the mind of the killer she’s chasing. As she heads the task force set out to capture Spector you start to see her walls crack but she never falters.
The format of the show is set up so that one scene is from Spector’s perspective and the next from Gibson’s. The show really shines, when the scenes intertwine. For example, something is said in Gibson’s dialogue and the same language will show up in Spector’s scene. The writing is superb. The filmography is brilliant. The camera captures the pyschological viewpoint with odd angles and quick transitions.
If you have a free afternoon, check out The Fall on Netflix and join the rest of us as we eagerly await season two, due next summer.