Person of Interest is an American crime drama that will be coming to our screens next week.
The very synopsis looks like something that we would like but is it worth the commitment?
Well, it has already been picked up for a second season in the US and its credentials are certainly something.
The screenplay is written by J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan; a very fine pairing whose work we already love. Abrams is the brains behind two of my favourite TV shows, Alias and Lost, while he was also behind the fantastic Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol of last year. Nolan on the other hand, is if you hadn’t already guessed, the brother of Batman supremo Christopher Nolan and he’s got brains to boot too. His short story was used by his brother for the highly acclaimed Memento while he also worked on the screen play for The Prestige and of course, who could forget, co-wrote the greatest and most financially successful Batman movie of all time, The Dark Knight.
Add to the talent behind the scenes, the great cast which includes Jim Caviezel who we loved in The Count of Monte Cristo and the fantastic Michael Emerson who was of course, Benjamin Linus in Lost, it definitely looks like one to watch.
We were lucky enough to watch the pilot so here’s what we thought of Person of Interest.
Person of Interest stars Jim Caviezel as Reese, an ex-government agent who’s not in the best way. Flashbacks show that something has happened to the woman he loves and left him living in New York as a man who looks like he’s homeless. An incident on a train with some thugs shows he’s more than capable of handling himself. He gets taken to the police station where he is questioned but its who he meets afterwards, that’s set to change his life and set the scene for the rest of the series.
Reese is met by a mysterious man named Finch.
Finch explains to Reese that in the aftermath of 9/11, he has a built a machine; a machine with capabilities to gather information about people who are about to find themselves in “very bad situations.” The problem is, there’s no other information to go with it. In effect, it’s a bit like Minority Report.
Finch enlists Reese to join his team and they already have a victim in their sights. A young female attorney looks to be in trouble with a high profile case with lots of dodgy people involved. The question is, as Finch observes, is is she the victim or is she the perpetrator?
The pilot doesn’t give much away but set the scene for the series. There’s no great dialogue or witticisms but in fact, it focusses on showing off Caviezel and Emerson’s talents in their roles. Caviezel plays the kick ass ex-agent to full effect while it’s not that much of a stretch from playing Benjamin Linus for Emerson. Finch is mysterious and seems to hold things very close to his chest.
We’re hoping of course for more within every episode, but if the season carries on like this, it looks to be a good procedural series and with the brains behind it, there are big hopes for the show to develop into a fascinating and engrossing serial drama.
Person of Interest starts on Tuesday August 14th at 10pm on Channel 5.
Take a look at the trailer and let us know what you think: