Parents' Guide to

The Mechanism

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Brazilian crime series has detectives, drugs, drama.

TV Netflix Drama 2018
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Community Reviews

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Based on 2 parent reviews

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An incredible TV Show, Brazil is not for amateurs.

Great investigative tv show based on real facts, do not get carried away by the low rates, these people did not watch, they are angry just because the tv show, shows that the politicians they love are the scum of society.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Helmed by Narcos creator Jose Padilha, this series has been clearly positioned to be the Brazilian brother to the Colombian crime drama, but though it's arresting, it doesn't hit Narcos' heights. First of all, it can't boast an actor as compelling and magnetic as Wagner Moura. Instead, Mechanism relies on a trio of characters to anchor its story, and none of them are as strong as Moura's Escobar. Money menace Roberto Ibrahim is the closest parallel, but he's no Moura, and Mello's Ruffo and Abras' Cardoni aren't as relatable, either.

Not helping matters: The real-life corruption story that Mechanism dramatizes is a lot more complicated than a straightforward cops-versus-bad guys scenario. While most Americans of a certain age are aware of at least the broad outlines of Escobar's story and the rise of cocaine in the 1970s and 1980s, most won't have heard of "Operation Car Wash," the corruption scandal that inspired this series, nor of "Petrobras," the much bigger case of money laundering and embezzlement that reaches the highest levels of Brazilian government. Financial scandals are by their nature harder to dramatize than gang crimes: Instead of photogenic and dramatic shoot-outs, you have investigators poring over papers and listening in on phone conversations. Some crime dramas have managed to make that process absolutely riveting -- but this one has only partially succeeded.

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