Ric Roman Waugh, who was behind the underrated drama Snitch, returns with Shot Caller – a well-structured endeavour that moves freely between flashbacks and the present day, seamlessly interwoven to help tell this complex story. But while the set-up is great, it’s the pay-off that lets this title down, growing somewhat convoluted as we progress, and moving too far away from the endearing simplicity that helped to set the scene.
Initially, the narrative is that of a prisoner striving to reconnect with his family upon his release – at least that’s what it seemed to be. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays Jacob, imprisoned for manslaughter having been at the wheel of a car during an accident, which killed his colleague in the backseat. His wife Kate (Lake Bell) was left devastated as her husband was put away for several years, having to raise their young son on her own.