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StartUp 

Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | TV Series (2016–2018)
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A desperate banker, a Haitian-American gang lord and a Cuban-American hacker are forced to work together to unwittingly create their version of the American dream - organized crime 2.0.

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Ben Ketai
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2018   2017   2016  
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Series cast summary:
Adam Brody ...  Nick Talman 30 episodes, 2016-2018
Edi Gathegi ...  Ronald Dacey 30 episodes, 2016-2018
Otmara Marrero ...  Izzy Morales 30 episodes, 2016-2018
Kristen Ariza ...  Tamara Dacey 24 episodes, 2016-2018
Fredrick Bam Scott ...  Emmanuel / ... 22 episodes, 2016-2018
Martin Freeman ...  Phil Rask 20 episodes, 2016-2017
Ron Perlman ...  Wes Chandler 20 episodes, 2017-2018
Jared Wofford ...  Frantz 20 episodes, 2016-2018
Génesis Castro Díaz Génesis Castro Díaz 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Jevon White ...  Gilles 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Addison Timlin ...  Mara Chandler 16 episodes, 2017-2018
Reina Hardesty ...  Stella Namura / ... 15 episodes, 2017-2018
Tony Plana ...  Izzy's Father / ... 14 episodes, 2016-2018
Vera Cherny ...  Vera 14 episodes, 2016-2017
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Miami - A desperate banker needs to conceal stolen money. A Haitian-American gang lord wants to go legit. A Cuban-American hacker has an idea that will revolutionize the very future of money itself. Forced to work together, they unwittingly create their version of the American dream - organized crime 2.0.

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A brilliant idea... Funded by dirty money.

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Crime | Thriller

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Trivia

Ron's tattoo "1804" is a reference to the year Haiti won its independence from France, making it the only nation of slaves to win its freedom by military means. See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Krusty the Clown (2018) See more »

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Does not quite get a top rating, but...
21 January 2017 | by jonsmalSee all my reviews

..There is a lot to admire in this series. Would I recommend it, yes but with reservations. I really admired the cinematography and the sets. The interiors of the upscale houses and apartments reminded me of Michael Mann's Miami Vice. The lighting of the outdoor scenes that were shot at night was exceptional, whether it was the slums or downtown. This Miami was part of the story and its contrasts beautifully rendered.

On the other hand I felt the narrative dragged too often for my liking. There were many scenes where I felt "what was the point of that?" It was not quite plodding but pretty close to it. There are many long scenes where 2 or 3 people are just in conversation. I understand that the point of these scenes is for the viewer to gain insight into the characters personality and motivations (as they were not about developing the plot), but at the same time they needed to be witty or dramatic or insightful or clever. There are too many conversations that don't meet any of those criteria or increase our empathy.

The acting was almost uniformly good. Edi Gathegi is an actor with huge screen presence, something you can't learn, you either have it or you don't. His performance here is magnetic and one of the best things (if not the best thing) about the series.

The plethora of sex scenes (particularly in the early episodes) felt gratuitous. Sadly this seems to be fashionable, maybe it's an attempt to appeal to a certain demographic. But I don't like it.

I enjoyed the interesting and often ingenious plotting. Its an old story i.e. one innocent act sends a characters life spiralling out of control into dark and dangerous places. We have seen this many times before. But in this series we are intimate witness to 4 lives simultaneously spiralling out of control in very different but connected ways.

The final acts in episode 10 are moving and very powerful, nicely setting up a second season. Starup has the potential to develop as one of the best series in the genre. For that to happen season 2 needs to build on what is good i.e. direction, acting, plot, cinematography, lighting and remove what is less good i.e. gratuitous sex and pedestrian narrative pacing.

I look forward to season 2.


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