Very reminiscent of the successful outcome of True Detective Season 1 (note Season 1). The Night Of delivers an unforgettable crime drama, which shows the dark, harsh truth about the justice system.
After spending a night with a female stranger, Nasir ‘Naz’ Khan wakes up only to find his new friend stabbed to death. With all evidence pointing at him, Naz fights the system to prove his innocence at the same time, experience first hand the horrors of life in prison.
One of the most impressive aspects of this show was it’s talented cast. Riz Ahemd who plays Nasir ‘Naz’ Khan did an incredible job capturing the essence of innocence lost via the flaws of justice system. His transition from a college student to a man who spent time in prison is horribly fascinating and it shows the harsh reality that time in prison can change a man no matter how defiant he is.
The supporting characters are all incredible and portrayed their roles with a high level of complexity, giving the audience a doubtful approach to these characters. You never really know who’s trustworthy and you are not sure who are the good guys, the bad guys or if there are even any.
The star of the show however is John Tururro who was consistently impressive through out. This is without a doubt his show and he’s brought a very human element to his character and it’s incredible.
The overall story is great, the way it shifts it’s narrative from a murder mystery to a courtroom drama to showing the aftermath of life in prison and how it affects everyone around. The show captured the harsh reality of a changed man who’s a victim of a flawed system.
The show is with flaws and though they were very minute in numbers, they were still noticeable. There were scenes which were never explained as well as character choices seemed very questionable given the circumstances.
Overall this is an amazing show from start to finish, the acting is tremendous and the cast did an exceptional job with their roles. Riz Ahmed was incredible and played his role with magnificent consistency. As the same time John Turturro which was perfect in every way.
The story was deeply enthralling, accompanied by a terrific cinematography that delivers a subtle intensity in every scene. This is easily one of the best shows of 2016 and is highly recommend it to everyone.