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Movie Reviews – Homeland Season 1

Movie Reviews – Homeland Season 1

Movie Reviews this week looks at the fascinating terrorist thriller, Homeland starring the gorgeous Claire Danes (forever immortalised as Juliet opposite Leonard DiCaprio’s Romeo) as Carrie Mathison, an analyst for Homeland Security following the aftermath of 9/11.
This differs from many crime thrillers, in that our protagonist is not quite as well adjusted as we are used to seeing, notably being that Carrie is bipolar, something she has hidden from her superiors at Homeland Security, the main reason being she would lose her security clearance, and the trust of all who have heeded her suggestions over the years, notably Saul Berenson, played magnificently as a father figure by Mandy Patinkin (something about him is extremely familiar but I can’t seem to pinpoint where I saw him).

The series follows the miraculous capture and return of an American POW held in Iraq for 8 years, but not before Carrie’s source tells her that an American POW (Prisoner of War), Nicholas Brody played amazing well complete with an American accent, by Damian Lewis; has been turned, i.e. has defected for the most wanted terrorist post Osama Bin Laden, Abu Nazir played by Navid Negahban.

Carrie takes this information as gospel, and her disorder coupled with the firm belief that Brody is her guy, causes her to scrutinise every bit of information she obtains, to the point that the audience is beginning to wonder if she is going over the edge in pursuit of someone that could well be innocent.

The beauty of this series is that it keeps you at the edge of your seat, we are never quite sure if Carrie, acting purely from her desire to prevent another 9/11 or is acting out as a result of her disorder is unravelling before our eyes, in between the strain on Brody’s relationship with his wife Jessica played by the gorgeous Morena Baccarin (Stargagte SG-1), who had a fling with Mike Faber played by Diego Klattenhoff; one of his best friends while they all assumed he was dead, either way the buildup through Homeland Season One, although slow at first makes for mesmerising viewing towards the finale.
Homeland Season 1
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