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The Alienist 

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Newspaper illustrator John Moore meets with criminal psychologist (alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler to investigate a serial killer in New York during the late 19th century.
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Series cast summary:
Daniel Brühl ...  Laszlo Kreizler 10 episodes, 2018
Luke Evans ...  John Moore 10 episodes, 2018
Brian Geraghty ...  Theodore Roosevelt 10 episodes, 2018
Robert Wisdom ...  Cyrus Montrose 10 episodes, 2018
Douglas Smith ...  Marcus Isaacson 10 episodes, 2018
Matthew Shear ...  Lucius Isaacson 10 episodes, 2018
Q'orianka Kilcher ...  Mary Palmer 10 episodes, 2018
Matt Lintz ...  Stevie Taggert 10 episodes, 2018
Dakota Fanning ...  Sara Howard 10 episodes, 2018
David Wilmot ...  Captain Connor 10 episodes, 2018
Martin McCreadie ...  Sergeant Doyle 8 episodes, 2018
Ted Levine ...  Thomas Byrnes 7 episodes, 2018
Daisy Bevan ...  Esther 5 episodes, 2018
Jackson Gann ...  Joseph / ... 5 episodes, 2018
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The Alienist opens when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city's first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders set out to find and apprehend one of New York City's first serial killers.

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Madness Lies Within

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Drama | Mystery

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Alienista See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Anonymous Content See more »
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Dolby Digital (5.1)

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16:9 HD
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Theodore Roosevelt did serve as New York City police commissioner for two years beginning in 1895. See more »

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Interesting... Good Enough To Keep Watching
23 January 2018 | by neener3707See all my reviews

While its not the greatest show, the story was interesting and the cinematography and production design create an above average depiction of the 1800's that does make me want to see episode 2. But unfortunately the acting was not great in some places, some even over-acting, which is shocking considering the reputable actors involved. The story is about New York City in the late 1800's when a serial killer of children is lose in the city, a new profession known as alienist (or as we would call them, criminal profilers) seeks to help solve these murders. So the story hasn't been done before and is interesting enough to make me continue watching it.

I found the world they created (1800's NYC) to be good, not as good as Taboo or Peaky Blinders, but still very cool to see The Big Apple in such times. But I am disappointing that the acting was so over done. Daniel Bruhl is a great actor, and he did a fine job, but others like Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans went back and forth between not trying and over doing it. I'm not well versed in the true aspects of this partially true story so I can't speak on its historically accuracy, but the costume design, cinematography, and production was accurate enough to not turn me off immediately like other shows have. I also feel as if the show seeks to shock just for the sake of shocking the audience. But its not that big of a deal for me, but might be off-putting to some.

Over all it wasn't a bad start and I do want to see how the story progresses.


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