Suspicion is one of those whodunit dramas, although this time, four people have been suspected of kidnapping a young chap called Leo Newman, son of prominent businesswoman Katherine Newman (Uma Thurman).
It’s not that one of the four did the deed, but the fact that all four perpetrators worked together, and were masked up with faces that resemble the Royal Family. Oh, and no-one saw it happen, as it was 2am. Before long, however, everyone would get to see it because the video of the crime went viral, with lots of people trying to copy it.
The four unusual suspects are University lectutrer Tara McAllister (Elizabeth Henstridge), bus driver Aadesh Chopra (Kunal Nayyar), bride-to-be Natalie Thompson (Georgina Campbell) and a young chap, Eddie Walker (Tom Rhys Harries).
If we’re to believe all of the locations this series claims to visit, it takes in Oxford, New Cross (South East London), New York and Bangor (Northern Ireland). We see a brief outdoor shot of Oxford, but the rest could be anywhere, with a bit of CGI and/or a film set.
There’s also a scene with a very angry man shouting on a plane, who sounds like a NPC in Hitman being annoying. In fact, aside from that, the plane seats don’t look every comfortable. They’re meant to be those enclosed ones, but are open to the aisle. That’s not major to the plot, but just stood out for me.
And while we know there’s CCTV all over our major cities, this series assumes that the police would have the resources to track any person of interest in real time, as if they’re the Counter Terrorist Unit in ‘24‘.
As the trailer confirms, there’s a baddie – Sean Tilson (Elyes Gabel) – who acts in the most cliched way possible, doing nothing we haven’t seen before. And that’s the problem with this: nothing is new, but everything feels like so little effort has been put into it, and bored me senseless. Even when we get any sort of cliffhanger, I didn’t feel compelled to continue beyond what I’ve seen so far.
Oh, and so far, Uma Thurman hardly seems to be in it.
Suspicion is on Apple TV+ from today, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD. Initially, two episodes are available, and additional episodes will stream weekly.
Check out the trailer below:
Episode 1-2 Score: Tedious
Running time: 45-55 per episode
Release date: February 4th 2022 (first 2 episodes)
Studio: Apple TV+
Series Directors: Chris Long, Stefan Schwartz
Producer: Darin McLeod
Writer/Creator: Rob Williams
Based on the series False Flag by: Amit Cohen, Maria Feldman
Music: Gilad Benamram
Tara McAllister: Elizabeth Henstridge
Aadesh Chopra: Kunal Nayyar
Natalie Thompson: Georgina Campbell
Sean Tilson: Elyes Gabel
Owen Nielsson: Ross McCall
Eddie Walker: Tom Rhys Harries
Katherine Newman: Uma Thurman
Natalie’s Work Colleague: Mark Lockhart
Heather: Chelsea Edge
Josh: Alex Heath
Vanessa Okoye: Angel Coulby
Monique Thompson: Lydia West
Lydia Thompson: Clare Perkins
Leo Newman: Gerran Howell
Daisy: Anya McKenna-Bruce
Plane bully: Matt Weyland
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