True Detective Review

true detective review

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey

Summary: An anthological series, this first season sees detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart become embroiled in one of Louisiana’s biggest cases in history, as their hunt for a serial killer takes place over 17 years.

Genre(s): Crime, drama, thriller

Show Summary

We pick up our story in 2012, as Louisiana State Police Detectives Martin Hart and Rust Cohle are brought back to work to revisit a case which they started all the way back in 1995. Interrogated separately by modern-day detectives, the two former partners narrate the story of their investigation, with old wounds being re-opened and the supposed solving of their bizarre case being brought into question.

Becoming an instant success, this cult phenomenon averaged 11.2 million viewers on HBO in America, making it the network’s most-watched first season of an HBO Original Series since 2001.

True Detective season two will premiere only on Foxtel’s showcase channel Express from the US in Winter of 2015.


Season Recap

Primarily taking place in the years 1995 and 2012, the first season of True Detective sees the show jump back and forth to tell a story of crime, passion, love, lust and revenge.

Detectives Rust Cohle and Marty Hart have been assigned a new case following the death of a young woman whose naked corpse was found in a field, with a pair of deer antlers tied to her head and a spiral tattoo etched into her skin on her back.

Going down a variety of avenues in a bid to solve the shocking crime, the investigation sees Cohle and Hart butt heads both in and out of work and it’s not long before their personal lives see their relationship as partners change forever.

In the show’s present day, both detectives are called in to be interrogated following the re-opening of the case, and despite not speaking for over a decade, Cohle and Hart agree to work together to put a lid once and for all on the investigation.

Realising that whilst they thought their mystery was solved, there could be a whole lot more to it, things kick off in a big way and our two detectives realise that whilst they went through hell to ensure that no more women and children were murdered, there still was more than met the eye for the two to discover.

Our Critic Review

Has there ever been a crime series that has gripped its viewers with such ferocity and incredible fierceness in a way better than that done through True Detective? We don’t think so.

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson have a fantastic chemistry which elevates the series to new levels and proves that even the Hollywood greats can sometimes come to television and make their mark in a big way.

With times at which the viewer may forget what they’re watching is an act of fiction, the murder case is just one layer of the foundations set from the show’s first two hours which is explored throughout the eight episodes.

Though a slow burner it’s one the viewer must stick with, and a definite must-see for anyone who loves shows of this genre. We cannot wait to see just what season two has in store.

VIDEO: True detective official trailer

Critic Reviews

True Detective runs slow and steady without ever seeming to drag. Even minor characters get room to breathe, and seem independently alive; the briefest scenes seem to imply life beyond the frame…. The dance [Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson] do together here is work of a very high order, and all the reason you need to watch.. Full Review

Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Time

True Detective proves to be everything the HBO marketing has promised it to be: a gorgeous, stylized and dark exploration into the worst parts of the human psyche. Full Review

Terri Schwartz, Inside the Box

Happily, Harrelson and McConaughey play the characters well enough, and the script is crafted ingeniously enough, that we want to know where it all goes next–and don’t focus on the likelihood it will be no place good. Full Review

David Hinckley, The New Yorker


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