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120 out of 157 people found the following review useful:
Intriguing Drama with an immensely talented cast., 12 October 2011
Author: Akshit Markan from India
If you wanted to see a gripping thriller with incredible characters,
you have come to the perfect place. 'Homeland' is the new Showtime
Drama that entertains you throughout and never lets you go, thus
succeeding in slipping in some really unexpected twists in the plot.
With writers who've previously written for '24', the show does look
inspired when it comes to keeping the audience in the dark.
The show is blessed with a small but amazing cast whose performance is worth every penny. Claire Danes plays an intense CIA analyst who believes that recently recovered P.O.W. (Damian Lewis) is plotting to attack America. Her character is unstable and makes it hard for the audience to believe her which adds to the beauty of the script. Damian Lewis, on the other hand, plays the 'guy in uniform' with ease as he did splendidly in 'Band of Brothers'. The show hasn't revealed much about Damian's character and I have a feeling they wouldn't do that any time soon, since it keeps the suspense going.
The pilot was top-notch and certainly the best that premiered this fall. If the show continues to be intriguing and maintains the high quality of the pilot, it can surely be a genius.
10 stars at least for now.
98 out of 133 people found the following review useful:
A brilliant first season leaves me pining for more., 19 December 2011
Author: endemoniada-1 from Sweden
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Wow, yeah, so a lot of people watched the final episode and thought the
show sucked. Maybe they're right, a lot of them also seem to share the
same problems with it, from the ending being disappointing to it being
a "propaganda show" AGAINST the USA.
First of all, whatever the political aspirations of the show's creators, this is a fantastically solid, well-acted and directed first season of a show that feels like what 24 should have been from the start. Tight-knit, down-to-earth suspense with an actually realistic premise. As for the supposed "propaganda", it's time the people in the US hear what the rest of the world has been thinking for a decade now. No, really, we actually don't think it's absolutely ridiculous that 10 years of retaliatory wars in the Middle East will spawn some kind of blowback. This show explores what we've all been thinking, but American patriotism makes it shameful to admit. I find that incredibly strong and encouraging, and it makes me watch it not because I hate American, but because I enjoy and appreciate truth.
As for the acting, I sincerely hope Claire Danes will receive proper recognition. Especially in the last few episodes towards the end, her performance has been among the strongest on TV in years. Lately, only Brian Cranston's amazing tour-de-force in Breaking Bad has topped it. Damian Lewis, too, delivers like I've rarely seen. Far from the caricatures of Muslim terrorists Americans apparently would like to see, he sincerely and convincingly acts out the role of the man who is emotionally sure of what he wants, but not brainwashed enough to think is the absolute only way to achieve it. Desperation can make anyone rationalize their goals, but not always be enough for that final push.
Now I eagerly await the second season, amid the angry and upset cries of all the people who can only accept fantasy that supports their own, real homeland.
73 out of 110 people found the following review useful:
Powerful, sophisticated drama, 11 December 2011
Author: kkay3 from United States
Who said American television couldn't produce an edgy, compelling drama that captivates an audience? Homeland is spell-binding, packed with enough twists and turns to keep even a seasoned mystery writer wondering. Superb acting and a script that manages to avoid the usual clichés. Kudos to the writers! I found myself debating the civil liberties vs. national security issues that are so artfully posed each week.Claire Danes, Damien Lewis and Mandy Patinkin inhabit their characters.The producers also refrained from populating the cast with impossibly beautiful people who are unlikely candidates for clandestine operatives. The performances are nuanced and exquisitely wrought.They raise serious questions about the sacrifices both personal and physical that are required in the world of espionage, and the political consequences of using "heroes" for cynical ends. This show and its ensemble cast are MUSTS for Emmy recognition.
54 out of 83 people found the following review useful:
Flawless TV, 26 December 2011
Author: GaiaOnlyKnows from United Kingdom
This series is truly great television. On every single level it works and the judgemental aspect of my brain can only give up finding something to criticise. First of all the show deals with the subject of terrorism in a very mature way, there is no ideology behind the script and every perspective is treated fairly. The characters have a real depth rarely seen on screen which is backed up by a lot of very solid acting. Indeed, the conflicting elements to the central characters which makes the show so great would unlikely be pulled off without actors of the calibre of Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin (also particular kudos to the daughter played by Morgan Saylor - one to watch out for in the future). Not only do you watch these characters go through some truly weird and strained circumstances, you really feel it too. The story also has a depth and complexity to it that has only been seen in shows such as The Wire, Lost, The Sopranos and Generation Kill. There are no plot holes that distract from the often quite tense narrative and despite what you think of the overall subject I would be surprised if this show didn't totally suck you in. This is a very real, well thought out and well executed show. Two big thumbs up to everyone involved. For everybody else - go watch it.
48 out of 72 people found the following review useful:
Why am I watching this?, 5 November 2012
Author: Vincent Nguon from France
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
- Overstretched plot - VERY unlikeable characters (especially the main
character) - So many useless scenes - Not enough story-driven -
Plot-holes - Unrealistic fiction
What appeared to be a great idea on paper: "a POW has been turned" is becoming a dramatic soap opera... I was expecting something 24-like because of the writers but nothing is common, no action, no twists, no cliffhangers, no nothing. I hate Carrie, Saul, Brody's wife, I kinda like Brody (props to his daughter's acting) who is supposed to be the bad guy... who apparently is going to be led straight to the VP office.
I don't even know why I'm watching but I think I will stop soon if nothing happens. I started because of the hype, but I shouldn't have.
The only thing I like about this show is that you can start watching and do something else on the side you wont miss a lot.
And finally: WHY WOULD YOU F*** SOMEONE YOU THOUGHT COULD BE A TERRORIST???
36 out of 49 people found the following review useful:
Slow and formulaic, 5 November 2012
Author: a1_andy_11 from United Kingdom
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Homeland has been receiving rave reviews and I can't see why. It's
predictable, corny and incredibly slow at times. Our lead character is
a troubled, stubborn, renegade agent who constantly disobeys her
Superiors (she also can't stop shouting). This formula has been used in
every buddy cop show ever made. Not to mention shows like The Shield,
24, etc. Although this time I found myself siding with the villain.
Clare Danes makes for a very annoying and unlikeable Jack Bauer clone
who over acts every scene with the same three facial expressions.
The middle east is portrayed in the usual black and white over the top Hollywood style. Then comes the slow pacing, with hollow characters going through predictable motions the viewer has too much time to realise not enough effort went into the story. 24 got away with insane plot holes because it was so fast paced, the viewer is on a roller-coaster ride.
Damian Lewis is a good actor but he has nothing to work with here. As is Mandy Patinkin, their talent is wasted on this shoddy 24 clone.
70 out of 118 people found the following review useful:
Brilliant work! Catchy and deep. Can't wait to see more., 17 September 2011
Author: Marek P from United States
The cast looks like it connects very well. Story as of episode 1 is very interesting, dark, and open to many different ways to keep it going. There is one main story throughout the episode, but with many side stories that seem to start of a little slowly. It gets you wondering and trying to connect the dots every minute of the show. It's like the TV series "Life", but without the funny part and in with good drama. To be more specific it reminds me a little bit of Bourne Trilogy but twisted a little bit. Much recommended to anyone between 18-30 years of age or anyone who likes to watch media about CIA work. Not a lot of action just yet, but it is cooking up to be a good one.
46 out of 73 people found the following review useful:
Brilliant, 2 January 2012
Author: Arik_P from Ireland
This is a masterpiece of TV thriller/action/drama . Sharp, sophisticated, clear and crisp. Excellent performance of the entire cast.It's realistic tense, action packed 12 hours of just well made TV.!The storyline is crafted in such a brilliant way that from the first episode ,one can not wait to see how the drama concludes. I said realistic , as the cast so brilliantly fit in to their characters. Mandy Patinkin's performance is outstanding as the voice of sanity throughout the events.Claire Danes is having a double role as the CIA agent and as being Bipolar . Finally Damian Lewis:The creators could not have found anyone better to play Nicholas Brody.
37 out of 58 people found the following review useful:
Marathoned over 2 days: my thoughts..., 20 December 2011
Author: DaelinX from Denmark
Okay, firstly, I gotta say, I watched the entire series believing that
there would only be one season and the story would be finished by the
finale episode. This is because I saw that IMDb listed the show's
running period as (2011) only and not the usual (2011-), meaning its
ongoing - when did they change that? That was kinda stupid of me, I
guess. Anyway, I see that the show's been renewed for a second season,
which is great, because this show is very good. Just a heads up,
though, that my false belief kinda affected my view of the show while I
was watching it, especially the last episode where I was expecting
everything to wrap up.
Like I said, this show is good, very good. Its basically what AMC's Rubicon should have been like. Its very much in the same vein, with the themes of paranoia, conspiracy theories and dealing with the whole intelligence business. Only in Homeland, stuff actually happens, the plot moves along and it keeps you interested. Rubicon had a good premise but literally nothing happened on that show and that's why it got cancelled. Homeland has a bit "tinfoil hat" premise too, but the story and characters are so complex, you accept that in favor of just being entertained. Both Damien Lewis's and Claire Danes's respective characters are in danger of becoming cliché, but because they are so complex and so well acted, you find yourself drawn to these people. The all-important guessing of whether Brody is turned or not is not just a question of if, but also why or why not. And Carrie Mathison is not just some government suit with a patriotic zeal to root out the terrorist conspiracy - her obsession comes from somewhere darker, as well. Mandy Patinkin is pretty close to being a show-stealer too, with his laser-wit and deeply caring Saul.
The middle episodes are probably the highlight of the season. That's when most seems to be at stake for the main characters and before the big reveal on the whole 'turned' question. After that, the story kinda looses some of its momentum (still exciting, though) and the finale episode could be called anti-climactic by some, but I was still thrilled by the very last scene, which (when re-viewed with the facts straight) set up the second season nicely.
I'm really looking forward to what will happen in season two, for as I say, I thought this one was all there was right until the cut-to-black of the final scene, where I then checked the show's Wikipedia page. Now the ending definitely makes more sense. As for the story, the cat is pretty much out of the bag on the big question of turned/not turned and the future of our heroine is looking not so bright, so where the story will go next, I shall wait to see.
Easy 9/10 based on the acting of the main cast and the thrilling story.
54 out of 93 people found the following review useful:
Much better than 24, 18 October 2011
Author: iGlad from United Kingdom
people have tried to compare it to 24 but its much better than that
even i loved the show, why? because it's much more believable and
convincing. The scripting is great the dating is great the sub plots
are great and the main plot is something we cannot put our finger on
it, is he or isn't he? I love the way it's going and i have my views on
which i'll keep to myself. I think Claire Danesas being slightly
unhinged and manic is brilliant as that actually helps her to get the
job done in a strange kind of way.
Excellent show, which the main networks couldn't or wouldn't be able to produce..........
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