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Escape at Dannemora

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Prison break drama has great performances, sloggy pace.

TV Showtime Drama 2018
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Though this series gets the tone right, and the all-star cast is doing some of the best work of their careers, it's a struggle to understand why the story needed to be stretched out to eight episodes. Escape from Dannemora draws its inspiration from an outlandish and gritty true story, and Ben Stiller does an impressive job at playing it straight and much darker than his past directorial efforts. Watching Arquette's frumpy, restless Tilly manipulate and be manipulated by these canny criminals is a real joy to watch. Del Toro turns in a solid performance as Richard Matt, a charismatic con man who enjoys his status of king of the prison block, who also happens to be a surprisingly adept painter.

Dano is likewise impressive as the quieter, yet still cunning David Sweat, all working-class machismo with a sensitive side. These men are murderers, though, and the show doesn't pull punches when it finally delves into their past crimes. That being said, the series takes far too long to set up and roll out its basically simple plot, and the pace can wear on you after a while. Still, it's worth checking out to see these actors doing some majorly solid work with what they're given, and to check out Stiller's skillful -- if overly long -- filmmaking.

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