The River: Season 1, Episode 1

Magus (7 Feb. 2012)

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An adventurer named Emmet Cole who worked for the show named "The Undiscovered Country", went missing after 22 successful years. Show members persuaded his wife and son to go on the quest ... See full summary »

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An adventurer named Emmet Cole who worked for the show named "The Undiscovered Country", went missing after 22 successful years. Show members persuaded his wife and son to go on the quest to find Emmet who were reluctant at first due to family problems. As Emmett went missing in the Amazon but they picked up his beacon signal and went after after him, they found some strange and supernatural powers influencing the abandoned and unidentified place called Boiuna. Furthermore, they found found out that Emmet is alive since he was speaking through one of the crew members and continued their quest. Written by Vikas

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Contrived and artificial
7 February 2012 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

This high-budget, well-acted entry into the horror genre fails in its attempt to generate chills, and its self-conscious directorial choices keep the viewer completely outside of the story. The conceit that this is documentary footage seems to be an attempt at realism, but it has the opposite effect. Every shot is perfectly lit so that we always see exactly what we need to see, we always hear exactly what we need to hear--but of course there isn't a single significant shot of the evil entity wreaking havoc on the character. We are supposed to be scared by the shaking cameras, flickering lights and spooky noises, evidently. And sometimes, such as in the final scene on the bow between Lincoln and Tess, we SHOULD be able to see the cameras filming the characters--as we cut back and forth between two angles--but they are nowhere to be seen. In my opinion, the choice to make this a pseudo documentary completely ruins the show because it never stops drawing attention to itself.


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