Amazon Prime Video’s Crimes of the Future

CRITICAL – Peter Capaldi travels back in time in this ambitious paranormal thriller between Dark and The sixth sense.

If there’s one hour when waking up is unlucky, it’s 3:33 a.m., according to folklore and horror movies. This so-called “devil’s hour” marks the moment when the border between the real world and that of malevolent spirits is the most blurred. This Myth Forms the Pivotal Concept of Amazon Prime Video’s Ambitious, Tangled Thriller The Devil’s Hour, who walks in the footsteps of Sixth Sense and the spatiotemporal labyrinth of Dark.

Social worker Lucy Chambers works hard to protect her flock from domestic violence and economic insecurity. A chaos that she finds at home: her mother has sunk into dementia, her husband has left her and her son Isaac is an impenetrable mystery. The kid never laughs, cries or smiles. And multiplies imaginary friends when he doesn’t think he sees ghosts. As if the exhaustion of this unleashing of misfortunes were not enough, Lucy, plagued by insomnia, wakes up every night at 3:33 a.m., prone to nightmares that she does not understand. Memories of the past or visions of the future? A series of murders may allow her to find the answers to the questions that haunt her. Lucy’s name is indeed found many times in the killer’s hideout.

In the skin of this Gideon Shepherd, the ex-star of Doctor Who Peter Capaldi is at home. Accustomed to stories based on time travel, the actor delights in this character of avenging prophet who believes he predicts and influences the future.

Intensity and voltage

Writer and director Tom Moran, who has several seasons in mind, is building a dizzying set of tracks. You have to accept not understanding the oddities that abound on the screen. Objects that change or move, coincidences, disjointed framing, editing full of flashbacks. Sensory overload is not always obvious to the viewer. The plot is interspersed at regular intervals with static and somewhat frustrating snippets of the confrontation in custody between Gideon and Lucy. This Socratic and philosophical dialogue only becomes clear in the sixth episode, even if it means making this epilogue too talkative.

That The Devil’s Hour loses in artifice and overtime, the series compensates with haunting intensity and tension. Starting with the performance of Jessica Raines, who lends her features to an exhausted Lucy driven by the energy of despair, watched by madness and paranoia. The oppressive atmosphere of its sad little suburban suburb nestled in an ocean of greenery where psychedelic wallpapers complete this ominous picture where every detail and accessory counts.

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