Slower shifting than the title implies, Seven Seconds TV collection on Netflix is an clever, tense crime drama centered on the cover-up of a success and run accident involving a New Jersey policeman. It’s the type of present police procedural followers devour like a bath of buttered popcorn. Effectively acted, directed, and filmed, Seven Seconds can be heavy handed, with ironic contrasts and private turmoil at each flip. Sadly, the lack of subtlety dulls the emotional impression of this in any other case binge-worthy thriller.
Pete Jablonski (Beau Knapp, proper) is new to the narcotics squad, recruited by Mike DiAngelo (David Lyons) for unknown causes. Driving whereas distracted – his spouse simply admitted to the hospital – Jablonski hits one thing, then discovers a bicycle underneath the automobile. He doesn’t see the child, Brandon, that was driving, however there’s blood on a close-by snowbank. DiAngelo and the remainder of his workforce arrive on the scene and persuade Jablonski to go away. A white cop killing a black child appears unhealthy for the Jersey Metropolis police division. A canopy-up begins.
The case lands within the lap of assistant prosecutor KJ Harper, a heavy drinker and second price legal professional. She’s the right alternative for botching the investigation and ensuring the reality stays buried. Harper is performed by Clare-Hope Ashitey from Suspects, considered one of our favourite younger British actors. Her efficiency is successfully understated with a plausible American accent.
One other new cop within the precinct, Joe Rinaldi (Michael Mosley, supporting actor from numerous exhibits), nick-named Fish, kinds the opposite half of the investigative workforce. Fish is all clever cracks and gum smacking, giving off a less-than-serious aura. It seems Jablonski is secure, that’s till a few uncommon particulars catch Harper’s eye.
From the primary episode, a lot of Seven Seconds is clear and predictable. A white teen will get assist from a black trainer discovering her little brother, however on returning dwelling, the trainer finds her personal son is lacking. A vet returns from abroad, however can’t discover work. As one little one dies, one other is born, and so forth. Loads of twists and turns occur alongside the best way, none of them (save for one or two) significantly shocking.
Luckily, the workforce of Harper and Fish (proper) entertain as they wrestle in opposition to the system, a pair of Davids combating Goliath. We pull for them, together with Brandon’s dad (Russell Hornsby) and his buddy, Kadeuce (Corey Champagne). Brandon’s mother, Latrice, stays misplaced in anguish and anger, and Regina King does properly with the position, not eliciting extreme sympathy from anybody. There aren’t any saints on this TV collection.
The final quarter of Seven Seconds abruptly turns right into a courtroom drama. Like most authorized TV collection, the proceedings are sometimes not fairly convincing. To its credit score, the story sidesteps an anticipated John Grisham film, Hollywood-style ending.
There’s rather more to the collection. It performs out in a novel-like arc, with tangents and facet tales. Although many characters match stereotypes, Seven Seconds spends time giving them character and depth. Maybe, an excessive amount of time. By the tip, it’s like we’ve slogged by way of a month of current headline information tales with out gaining any new perception.
All ten episodes of Seven Seconds TV collection are on Netflix. Veena Sud, greatest recognized for The Killing, created the collection. Regardless of a variety of faults, we eagerly watched right through.