Amazing. The actors were superb, Sean Bean and Stephen Graham demonstrate why they are two of the most respected names in the industry today with absolutely stellar performances and never let up for a second. especially Sean Bean. Well written with good pacing. A character study done to perfection, with every theme, nuance, and character nailed to a T. I cannot recommend this enough. Directed with excellence.
Terrific mini-series. Two separate stories overlapping and blending. If this doesn't keep you out of jail nothing will. 10/10
One of the best miniseries in a long time; phenomenal acting at work here. I was surprised it was only 3 episodes, I would gladly have watched a full season!
Jimmy McGovern is unmatched in writing brilliance - shining a spotlight on prisons a world away from what the Daily Mail would have you believe they're like - he paints a damning portrayal of institutionalised corruption with astounding performances from the always brilliant Sean Bean and Stephen Graham - few actors have a better track record of appearing in good stuff than Graham.
Solid 3 hour prison series. I just binged the whole thing and it held my attention. Well written. Well acted. Not cliched. The only thing I can think of comparing it to would be the HBO series Oz only British.
A fantastic short series. Sean Bean is absolutely fantastic, this might be him at his best. The first episode had me hooked almost instantly, and it was definitely the highlight of the show. Episodes 2 and 3 were great, though not quite as captivating as the first. There's just something really quite intriguing about there being so many unknowns about the main character and how he's going to fare in prison, and some of that is lost as the episodes roll on. One thing that maybe didn't quite match up for me was probably Stephen Graham's characters plot. Stephen is great as always, but it often felt as though his plotline was a bit of an afterthought, and neither he or his plot seems to develop in the same great ways that the main plot does. Still, the show is fantastic, one of the best dramas I've watched in a while, and I'd definitely recommend it.
Incarcerating, imprisoning, punishing, arresting, detaining,
[Movistar+] Screenwriter Jimmy McGovern builds one of his usual stories with characters whose circumstances are beyond them, subjected to prisons that are not only physical. Supported by two splendid works by Sean Bean and Stephen Graham, there is a model structure that presents in three episodes the transformation of two characters moved towards despair.
"Time" follows the story of one Mark Cobden, a man regretful of his actions, thrown into a prison full of total degenerates and the occassional decent person. I did not know what to expect going on, and left mostly satisfied with what the show had to offer. It had very strong moments and explored humanity in some interesting ways.
The acting is perhaps the strongest aspect of the show, and how could it not be with Sean Bean and Stephen Graham's nuanced performances? It was hard not to get emotional during some of the series' most intense drama. It focuses on exploring the mindset of a convict, doing so in a very heartfelt manner. It seeks to understand, not so much judge. There are plenty of sympathetic characters in here, no matter the addition of the opposite. Which also does bring me to one of the show's issues - thematic consistency.
As I said before, there is a strong focus on guilt and redemption here. Mark's actions are never excused, and he is never presented as a person wrongfully incarcerated. His tale is that of prison life, where he meets others that have gone along the wrong path and face justice for their mistakes. To contrast this, Eric McNally suffers within the constraints of morality's greyness. Family or principle? While this is an interesting conundrum, and his story is interesting, I was disappointed by the poor incorporation of both in this series. The themes struggle to fit in together, mostly due to the ending's uncertain messaging. On one hand, Mark's tale ends in such a way that the challenges he faced in prison were seemingly for nothing, as he suffers no repreccusions for his goodness in there. On the other, Eric never really learns anything. He simply gets what is coming for him, without there being a point to be made. Not that it is always necessary to do so in a story, but there is a great disparity between the narrative tone of these two characters. The connection here needed to be better.
The other inmates had a lot to tell and you end up remembering each and every one as they develop along the sidelines. There's always something done to bring more to light about them. For example, I am quite fond of Paul, who never had such an important role in Mark's story, but was a great character in his own right. Many like him are humanised, but there are some who are inexcusable pieces of living waste. I think this could have been handled better; as I said, there is a focus on understanding, not judgement here, yet this isn't the entire truth, as clearly some inmates here are villanious. I understand this is an attempt at being more realistic, but in that case the idealism should have been toned down. "Time" has difficulty maintaining this balance, though it still makes for an enjoyable and affecting show.
I highly recommend "Time" to those looking for a story of guilt and how one might grow from. It stutters in its telling of this, but the genuine humanity shines through. Times change, what matters is how we carry along them.
by far one of the best mini-series i have seen. Nothing comes close to this superb drama, the production the outstanding acting by both of them.This is a must see, a must!
Great prison drama with great performances that will keep you out of jail! Recommended!Even though the episodes don't seem like enough but it still does a good job of satisfying you :slight_smile:
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