Suspicion — Episode 1, Persons Of Interest Review
The Queen, In The Hotel, With Her Fists
The latest who-dunnit to intrigue and delight comes from AppleTV+ as they bring us Suspicion, an eight episode drama based around a kidnapping from a New York Hotel that’s based on the 2015 Israeli series False Flag.
Leo Newman, Gerran Howell (“ 1917 “, “Catch-22 (TV)”), is walking into the Park Madison Hotel in New York (listening to Royal Blood which instantly gives the first episode some kudos points IMO) when he is surrounded by people in masks of the UK royal family and stuffed into a suitcase.
The CCTV footage is leaked online and quickly goes viral with various memes and piss-takes too, however no-one knows who’s in the suitcase. The FBI jump on the case and Scott Anderson, Noah Emmerich (“The Truman Show”, “The Walking Dead (TV)”), is assigned.
For reasons we’ve not been told there are instantly four Brits implicated and so we cross the pond to meet this unlikely foursome who, from first appearances, having nothing in common.
Natalie Thompson, Georgina Campbell (“ Black Mirror (TV) “, “Broadchurch (TV)”), is getting ready for her big wedding day with the help of her sister Monique, Lydia West (“Years and Years (TV)”, “It’s a Sin (TV)”), and mother.
When her mother begins acting suspiciously, Nat questions how she can suddenly afford all of this but her mother evades the question. Convinced something is going on she delves into her mothers phone and finds a message demanding money.
She messages back with a meeting place and sneaks out to meet the loan shark, finding out her mother has borrowed £2k. She grabs the money, and a burner phone, from the back of her wardrobe and pays the man.
Meanwhile Tara, Elizabeth Henstridge (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV)”, “Wolves at the Door”), drops her daughter off at school and heads to her teaching job at Oxford University.
Aadesh Chopra, Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory (TV)”, “Trolls World Tour”), has lied to his girlfriend Sonja, Mandip Gill (“Doctor Who (TV)”, “Five Dates”) about a recent trip and actually went to New York to talk to some potential customers about his fledgling cyber security business. Meanwhile he works in a carpet showroom with his father and brothers.
Back in the USA and Anderson meets Leo’s mum Katherine Newman, Uma Thurman (“Imposters (TV)”, “ Down a Dark Hall “), the head of the world’s largest comms. agency, Cooper-Newman, and who is about to be named ambassador to the UK. We learn that Leo studied at Oxford University.
What links all of our British friends? We don’t know that yet, only that they have all recently been in New York, they don’t all appear to be telling the complete truth and they have all now been arrested in the UK.
Whilst perhaps the most suspicious of all the people is Sean Tilson, Elyes Gabel (“Scorpion (TV)”, “Spooks: The Greater Good”), who, whilst on a plane from New York to London, sees the police cars and jumps into the toilet to completely change his appearance, and passport.
As with most things we’ve seen from AppleTV+ the first episode does not let us down and writer / creator Rob Williams (“Screw (TV)”, “Killing Eve (TV)”) has done really well setting out the scenario and characters whilst director Chris Long (“The Americans (TV)”, “The Mentalist (TV)”) does well bringing it all together.
Originally published at https://www.ocmoviereviews.com.