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‘Presumed Innocent’ Apple TV+ Series Review - Gyllenhaal Shines in Gripping Courtroom Drama

The series follows a chief deputy prosecutor whose life unravels when he is accused of murdering a colleague, forcing him to fight to prove his innocence while struggling to keep his family together.

Anjali Sharma - Mon, 10 Jun 2024 19:53:50 +0100 958 Views
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"Presumed Innocent," the latest offering from Apple TV+, is a masterful blend of courtroom drama and psychological thriller. This eight-episode limited series, based on Scott Turow’s bestselling novel, takes viewers on a riveting journey through a high-stakes murder investigation that upends the lives of everyone involved.


Jake Gyllenhaal portrays Rusty Sabich, a chief deputy prosecutor in the Chicago Prosecuting Attorney's office. His life is thrown into disarray when he's accused of murdering his colleague, Carolyn Polhemus, with whom he had an extramarital affair. Gyllenhaal's performance is a tour de force, capturing the complexity of a man trying to navigate the tumultuous waters of a murder accusation while desperately attempting to keep his family from falling apart.


Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of Rusty is complemented by a formidable ensemble cast. Ruth Negga delivers a compelling performance as Rusty’s wife, Barbara, whose strength and resilience are tested as the scandal unfolds. Bill Camp, O-T Fagbenle, Elizabeth Marvel, and Peter Sarsgaard bring depth to their roles, each contributing to the series' intricate web of suspense and emotion. The dynamic between the characters is rich and layered, adding to the overall tension and drama of the narrative.


David E. Kelley, the acclaimed creator behind "Big Little Lies" and "Ally McBeal," serves as the showrunner and executive producer. His expertise in crafting gripping legal dramas is evident in every episode. The series is also executive produced by J.J. Abrams, whose influence brings a polished, cinematic quality to the show. Together, Kelley and Abrams ensure that "Presumed Innocent" is not just a legal thriller but a deeply emotional and psychological exploration of its characters.


The series delves into themes of obsession, power, and the fragility of love. Rusty’s fight to prove his innocence is as much about clearing his name as it is about preserving his family. The show adeptly explores the strain that the accusation puts on his marriage to Barbara, highlighting the personal costs of his professional entanglements. This focus on character development sets "Presumed Innocent" apart from other legal dramas, making it a more intimate and compelling viewing experience.


Visually, "Presumed Innocent" is striking. Anne Sewitsky directs the first two episodes and the finale, setting a tone that is both atmospheric and suspenseful. The middle episodes, directed by Greg Yaitanes, maintain the series' high level of intensity and visual storytelling. The cinematography is sharp, capturing the stark contrasts of Rusty's world as it crumbles around him. The use of lighting and camera angles enhances the mood, adding a layer of visual storytelling that complements the script.


"Presumed Innocent" isn't without its flaws. Some subplots feel underdeveloped, and the pacing occasionally lags. However, these are minor quibbles in an otherwise engrossing series. The show's ability to delve into the psychological aspects of its characters, particularly Rusty and Barbara, sets it apart from typical legal dramas.


"Presumed Innocent" also stands out for its realistic portrayal of the legal system. The courtroom scenes are meticulously crafted, capturing the tension and unpredictability of legal battles. The show doesn’t shy away from the moral ambiguities and ethical dilemmas faced by those within the legal profession, adding depth to the narrative. Rusty's journey is as much about navigating these complexities as it is about proving his innocence.


Ultimately, "Presumed Innocent" is a compelling watch. It combines strong performances, intelligent writing, and skilled direction to create a series that is both thought-provoking and entertaining. Fans of legal dramas and psychological thrillers will find much to appreciate in this meticulously crafted show.
For those looking for a series that blends emotional depth with suspenseful storytelling, "Presumed Innocent" is a must-watch. It stands out in the crowded field of TV dramas, offering a rich narrative that will leave viewers pondering long after the final episode.


Final Score- [8.5/10]
Reviewed by - Anjali Sharma
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Publisher at Midgard Times
Note: All 7 episodes are screened for this review.
Premiere Date: June 12, 2024, on Apple TV+ with its first two episodes, while the rest will be released weekly every Wednesday.

 

 

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