Skip to content

Collateral

“there are no surer guarantees of equality among men than poverty and misfortune”

An exhibition of waiting for the main characters to intersect and euthanize the audience into a blissful sleep. With the plot revealed in under 90 minutes, the rest of the show meanders in hopeless writing and banal policing drawing circumstantial conclusions from inane plot development that eventually tells us what audience already knows. If David Hare meant anything by the title, it’s that he’ll continue to wage his on-screen soporific posturing and make the audience the collateral for his banal political discursive.

Checking all the boxes to get BBC on board, David Hare distracts from the murder (which he sacrifices early in order to give his real motivation primacy) with incessant side-piece material regarding the mistreatment of immigrants, sexual harassment in the army, normalization of LGBT sexual relationships among clergy officials (as though the social gospel gives license for carnal indiscretion), subtle hints at human rights violations by Israelis, and reminders of the Iraq War bundle.

Sophie Gilbert covers this well:

Hare, by his own admission, did no research before writing Collateral, which is framed as a police drama but is actually an interrogation of the refugee crisis in Europe. Well, less of an interrogation, more of a lecture series. For a show ostensibly about migration, it spends 95 percent of its time with westerners, who argue incessantly about whether Britain has a right to protect its borders or is cruelly ignoring the plight of the desperately needy. This could be a fruitful exercise, if tackled with care, and a willingness to find nuance in a subject that’s deeply fraught. But Hare, whose work has always had a polemicist strain, paints only in black and white.

Reasonable observers, even with the four episodes, will likely call it a night midway through the second, as one character said, with “a feeling of being played.” If Netflix has proven anything with Mute and now with Collateral, it’s that their modus operandi is quantity over quality: accepting lower end works from directors seeking completion credit.

Of course, critics could not pass on an opportunity to reward banality. Based on the positive review and the inane community college writing from Daniel Feinberg, it does make sense how he could have come to this conclusion:

Hare’s theatrical chops are on better display in the second half of the season, when there are a handful of tremendous two-hander conversations, boosted by series director S.J. Clarkson’s ability to get as much tension from two characters talking as the threat posed by the killer.

The only tension was in the first 30-minutes where the show peaked my only interest in its Type-A baited performances from Hayley Squires and Billie Piper. The performances from the women who dominated the series at every level could have been compounded without losing a thing. With the exception of several parts involving Carey Mulligan, who, although usually great, walks around for most of the show with a countenance of self-satisfaction before solving anything. I’m glad someone else noticed this and wrote it down: “the tough pole-vaulter-turned-detective Kip Glaspie, played by Carey Mulligan with smirking, self-assured charisma.”

If a personification of the script was ever had in the character it portrays, it was in David Hare’s Kip Glaspie, whose entire career in pole-vaulting was ended in a circus spectacle while / trying / her / best.

Uncanny how art imitates life when human error drives both sides.

RATING: C-

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow us on Instagram

For nearly five #billion years, the sun has been ready for its close-up—and #NASA is now at last on its way to reach out and brush the face of our home #star. What better time to watch one of my favorite genres (space sci-fi) and one of my favorite #films in that genre: #SUNSHINE. Alex Garland, who wrote the film, is becoming one of the most interesting sci-fi director today (#ExMachina, #Annihilation) & we look forward to his next project (Devs). #scifi #space #thriller #sun #spacetravel #astrophysics #travel #AlexGarland #Spaceship @nasagoddard @natgeo
In the words of Mark Kermode, “#horror #movies need their #monsters - whether it’s #Dracula or Freddy Krueger; Henry the serial #killer; a roaming demon; a stalking wraith; or a ravenous beast.” Check out the @BBC series episode on Horror as part of #Kermode’s “#Secrets of #Cinema” and especially check out our friends at @scariestthingz as they discuss their TOP 100 HORROR FILMS OF ALL TIME. We look forward to seeing what makes your Top 10.
A glimpse into the process for @cinema_score‘s data. This, from today’s @nytimes. || For the roughly 30 people at the film, which was hosted by the #Medina County #Republican #Women and was one of dozens of watch parties held across the country, “#Death of a #Nation” was more than #entertainment. It was a confirmation of a #worldview they feel is often unjustly ridiculed or intentionally ignored. They said it spoke to their deep-seated fears about the fate of the #country if #Democrats prevail in the #November midterms, and did so using the raw, flame-throwing rhetoric that, to them, signals a #Trump-like authority and authenticity.” || #DeathOfANation #DineshDSouza #politics #war #debate #GOP #DNC #Nazi #DonaldTrump #POTUS #confirmation #documentary #civilwar #culture
With #Blindspotting, we saw an #Oakland #convict yearning to overcome the #demons of his past. In Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot, we saw a #paralyzed #cartoonist striving to overcome the demons of his present. And in #EighthGrade, we see an #awkward #teenager striving to overcome the demons of her future. Full review available now. #school #teen #bully #popularity #internet #facebook #socialmedia #ElsieFisher #BoBurnham #comedy #instagram #highschool #middleschool
%d bloggers like this: