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Ozark

Season 1 Review

Creator: Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams

Written by Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams, Paul Kolsby, Martin Zimmerman, et al.

Directed by Jason Bateman, Andrew Bernstein, Ellen Kuras, Daniel Sackheim

2017 - Netflix
Thriller/Crime Drama - Rated: TV-MA

Cast: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney. Sofia Hublitz. Skylar Gaertner. Julia Garner.

Eclectic Rating: stars

Review:

Somewhere I saw this series compared to Breaking Bad. Not even close. The caliber of Breaking Bad is far greater than most TV shows of the past twenty years, but Ozark has grown on me. I started watching because the premise sounded interesting: a financial planner has a cozy sideline of laundering money for a drug cartel but his business partner screws things up and and the bullpucky hits the fan.

I don't want to spoil it so I'll just give you a brief overview... subsequently our main character, Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), cooks up a whacky plan to save his ass, convincing the cartel that he can recoup the lost dough by claiming that there is a wealth of opportunity in a touristy, summer resort lake town in the Ozark mountains. He relocates his whole family and begins trying to put his plan in action. A plan he was never sure how, or if, he could pull off in the first place.

Once resettled the Byrdes begin to run into other troubles, including local criminals who have issues with new-comers.

Ozark is a clever thriller that stands on its own merits, but again it is nothing like Breaking Bad. The only remote similarity is the idea of a mild mannered regular guy getting involved with the deadly criminal underworld. The reason Bateman's Marty Byrde character slips to the dark side is far different than why Cranston's Walter White does so in Breaking Bad. Its not fair to compare the two.

There are interesting plot twists and intrigue, not to mention enough brutal violence and action to keep most thriller fans entertained. Well acted and directed in my opinion.

Though the whole money laundering aspect really seems too convoluted for a shrewd drug lord to bother with, Ozark stands on its own as an effective thriller with some gritty characters promising unexpected surprises. It is an exciting and entertaining, binge-worthy series. I just started with season two so expect a review of that soon.

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Last Update: 01 Dec, 2019

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