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DVD Review: Netflix’s BLOODLINE Is A Slow-Burning Top-Tier Soap Opera - Movies In Focus
The first season of Nextflix’s Bloodline is a slow-burning drama, that draws viewers in as each episode builds to offer reveals which help unwrap the central mystery. Strong performances and sunny visuals keep it afloat despite the fact that it’s effectively a top-grade soap-opera. Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard are Sally and Robert Rayburn, beloved resort owners in the Florida Keys. They seem to have a perfect life and the perfect family, but the arrival of their eldest son Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) at a family gathering casts a dark shadow over proceedings. Tensions flare with his siblings (Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini and Norbert Leo Butz) and mysterious details are uncovered as the show plays out over its 13 episode arc. Bloodline is a show which once again shows that Netflix is now a major player in long-form story telling (can you still call it television?). Top tier production values show that time and money has been spent on making Bloodlines a major contender. The cast is uniformly good and the concept is a captivating one – but the show’s main problem is the pacing. Nearly every episode feels about ten minutes long, as if Showrunners Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kesssler and [...]