The series stars Agyness Deyn and Jim Sturgess as detectives Elaine Renko and Charlie Hicks, respectively. Someone with more investment in the series should count the times he shouts something innocuous into a phone — knowing the action will play better for Sturgess on camera than it would for Hicks in the scene. Hard Sun comes from Neil Cross, creator of Luther. I think all apocalyptic dramas are essentially reassuring. Renko and Hicks are battling so many personal demons it would be no surprise to learn an exorcism had to be performed on the script. According to scientific sources, the sun won't swell up, explode, and destroy our planet for at least a few billion years. Email him at Disclosure: Streaming Observer is supported by readers.
They are also messy, which seems to be his taste. When one character hides the literal smoking gun from a murder, he does so under a loose piece of stone in a churchyard crypt. The six episodes pose this existential question: How would general awareness of this looming catastrophe change our current behavior? Hard Sun is more high concept than Luther, which took its character study of a gloomy detective consumed by his work to interesting enough places that was thought to have brought the series to an end. Maybe spend six hours bingeing anything else instead. We want to hear what you think about this article. So ill-defined are these men, they unintentionally turn the series into a parody of hard-boiled detective stories which makes the badly timed bits of humor even more ludicrous.
Deyn who seems to get consistently beaten, stabbed or slashed. But Hard Sun takes its gloom and doom very seriously, and as a result, those moments are not only few and far between, but the show seems adamant about doubling down on the murkiness whenever they occur. The end result of which is both unexpected yet unsurprisingly disheartening. We always assume we are the ones who will survive. Brian Kirk Game of Thrones, is the lead director with Hugh Warren Thirteen producing. Who among them would fear a prison sentence, in a world like this? Elaine has her own baggage.
How would you act if you knew the world was going to end? Nor do the personalities of the criminals, the shadowy spies chasing Renko and Hicks, or various supporting characters stand out in any sustained way. Facing an enormity, we will find we are brave and able, and can face the oncoming terror for those we love. Very little of it works, be it the half-assed intermediary cases that barely hold up to logic or the broader conspiratorial arc that makes even less sense. It also underscores the advantage of what happens when streaming services and conventional broadcasters : you see programming that reaches a much wider audience than it might if it stuck to one format. Writer Neil Cross Luther delivers a well crafted, rapidly paced story that will grab viewers by their collective throats from the opening scene and not release its grip until Season 1 concludes. . Based on all of this, I think Hard Sun will score a season two renewal.
Here, Cross infuses a similarly cheerless detective story with an apocalyptic twist: the world will end in five years time and the government is doing everything in its power to keep that information a secret, lest panic and anarchy accelerate the already ominous timetable. In this pre-apocalyptic conspiracy thriller set in present-day London, the end of the world is coming in only five years. Who among them would fear legal consequences? It might be worth your patience, however. Hicks is a family man and a great, committed officer. With: Jim Sturgess, Agyness Deyn, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Owain Arthur, Derek Riddell, Adrian Rawlins, Joplin Siptain, Aisling Bea, Lorrain Burroughs, Jojo Macari, Varada Sethu, Simon Thorp. The worlds Cross builds into his television shows are hard and bleak and beautifully drab.
Benedetti writes an article that is immediately discredited by the British government, but the damage is already done as some very unstable people believe the story to be true and will soon unleash a killing spree. If he were a painter, one would imagine his canvases covered solely in brush strokes of varying shades of gray. While investigating the death of a computer hacker, they stumble upon the evidence that powerful forces are desperate to keep secret. This is a pretty appropriate mental soundtrack for the show, seeing as it focuses on Charlie Hicks Jim Sturgess and Elaine Renko Agyness Deyn , two detectives who work every day to enforce the law in a world that is slipping closer and closer to a catastrophic natural disaster that will wipe out humanity. Charlie Hicks Sturgess is a family man and a great, committed officer. For personal and non-commercial use only. What about the psychopaths, the religious nuts, the cult leaders, the serial killers? Two detectives with opposing viewpoints are forced to work together in a pre-apocalyptic criminal world.
The six-episode Hard Sun, originally , will now be a Hulu original in association with the. Is the sun going to explode and kill us all? Your brain may hurt like a warehouse trying to keep it all straight. Thus, the two cops stand on different ends of the social and moral spectrum and also seriously distrust one other — and for good reason. Even when the sun is up it never shines. Shared access to the Press Site is prohibited; each individual must sign up for an account. Hard Sun succeeds because it fully commits to doing its own thing, even when it might not be moving along the obvious path for success. Torn up by the death, Charlie is on his last legs trying to keep his life together.
So there is no possibility of Bruce Willis looking fantastic in a vest come to save us. Needless to say, it's not exactly the feel-good hit of the year: there's conspiracy, interpersonal tension and an overall sense that the world is about to collapse. Using the idea of fake news and reality apathy to sustain what is essentially an unsustainable plot is an interesting choice, one that allows Cross the opportunity to fill the episodes with all manner of bleak criminality, tangentially related to or directly inspired by the Hard Sun information. This is the world of Hard Sun… and the world of Elaine Renko and Robert Hicks. For Renko, Deyn hunches her shoulders forward at all times, the weight of the world settled firmly on her shoulders. Deyn, a former model who turned to acting full-time five years ago, is the most interesting thing about Hard Sun, with her close-cropped hair and determinedly placid air.
Guns are just for the bad guys. Even in a traditional-sized British season and truncated American one — six episodes — the gritty crime drama bounces around within a hollow sci-fi story, mixing conventional elements of a police procedural with a more serialized narrative about an exploding sun. Detective Elaine Renko Agyness Deyn , who comes to work with Hicks, is secretly trying to figure out just how corrupt he is, and their mutual suspicions are supposed to drive much of the suspense. A pre-apocalyptic crime drama, stars Jim Sturgess, Agyness Deyn, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Jojo Macari, Derek Riddell, Owain Arthur, Varada Sethu, Adrian Rawlins, Lorraine Burroughs, Aisling Bea, and Joplin Sibtain. The two police officers arrest Sunny and Gregor and confiscate the flash drive only to have their car attacked, their two captives killed, and narrowly escape being murdered by the unknown assailants. An apparently inescapable, apparently scientifically determined and somehow completely secret extinction level event code name: Hard Sun is coming, though it is far enough away that Cross can squeeze in a few more seasons while remaining chronologically appropriate.
When Renko and Hicks break into a boarded-up old mansion in one episode, they encounter grinning, lobotomized adults with red eyes wearing identical white nightdresses and moving like Kayako Saeki. These stories are more transformational and imagine ourselves stripped of day-to-day worries and allow us to imagine our essential selves. So assiduously does it avoid humor — well, it's a serious subject, the end of humanity — that one turns to less conflicted supporting characters for a few crumbs of jovial behavior. She suffers nobly, but does not let suffering define her. Read More: Meet Charlie Hicks Jim Sturgess.