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A&E’s two-night miniseries remake of the old ‘70s Michael Douglas movie about a med student trying to learn why so many patients at her hospital are lapsing into comas, the frequently silly “Coma” comes to us from John J. McLaughlin, the writer behind the 2005 Tommy Lee Jones cop-cheerleader comedy “Man of the House” and Darren Aronofksy’s “Black Swan.”
The first night is decent, and ends with a strong cliffhanger, but the second night – which focuses on a chase involving a murderous, microphone-rocking mental patient -- is a real eye-roller. I stuck with the mini to the end, but found myself afterward wishing I had not bothered.
I will say the project boasts a solid cast, topped by the fabulous Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”) and featuring Steven Pasquale (“Rescue Me”), Joe Mazzello (“The Social Network”) and Geena Davis (who long ago worked with “Coma” producer Ridley Scott on “Thelma & Louise”), plus James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss and Ellen Burstyn.
... has the rickety feel of a cheap summer novel, with lots of implausible actions and plotlines that aren’t tied together very well. Most of those coma patients seem to have remarkably docile relatives who don’t ask many questions (lazily explained away by fat hush-money checks). And for a smart medical student Susan is remarkably dumb, doing her Nancy Drew thing without alerting the authorities or making sure that someone trustworthy …
The good news about "Coma," A&E's four-hour miniseries adaptation of the Michael Crichton film airing Monday and Tuesday night, is that it's much better than its previous miniseries adaptation of the Michael Crichton book "The Andromeda Strain." The bad news? It's still not very good. …
... So little effort is invested in character development that when one major figure is revealed to be the evil brains behind the operation of inducing comas in surgical patients, our response is something akin to "tell me something I don't already know." … For the most part, the crucial element of the unknown is missing from the A&E miniseries, reducing the film to a moderately engaging whodunit with expansive credibility gaps in plot and character. …
... excels when it falls into nail-biting territory. The story isn’t earth-shattering, and the filmmaking isn’t especially imaginative, but the production is a solid piece of suspense. …
... Unfortunately, the ride is pretty good right up until it isn't. Things get gory, but more importantly they get incoherent. In the end, "Coma" needs a crash cart. …
... packs two hours of story into four hours, which means it’s full of go-nowhere plot digressions and half-hearted red herrings. Beneath all the filler lies a halfway decent medical thriller, although it’s consistently undermined by the choppy pacing, cheesy dialogue and indifferent acting. …
... still has enough scares to give you a case of the shakes. …
... In a sense, strong ratings for "Andromeda Strain" -- reuniting its producers, including Ridley and the late Tony Scott, as well as director Mikael Salomon -- all but foreshadowed "Coma's" fate, as the latest project follows the same formula, bloating and dumbing down the relatively spare, science-based source material. … isn't worth losing sleep over.
A police procedural set in 1864 Manhattan (the same Five Points setting employed by “The Gangs of New York"), “Copper” comes to us from Tom Fontana, showrunner of NBC’s “Homicide: Life On The Street,” HBO’s “Oz.,” Fox’s “The Bedford Diaries,” and NBC’s “The Philanthropist.”.
... Copper so far feels flat and undistinguished, a series that might have seemed novel on cable five or ten years ago, but now feels surprisingly unsurprising. …
... the decent but unspectacular "Copper" comes off as "Deadwood Cop," minus the Milch: It's more or less a police procedural with added corsets and waistcoats. …
... It's a promising framework for a series, and the first two episodes of "Copper" work in fits and starts. … doesn't arrive fully-formed in the way that "Homicide" or "Oz" did. This is a big, ambitious project with a lot of layers and a lot of practical considerations to be figured out, and you can almost see Fontana, Levinson and Rokos figuring out what they can and can't pull off over the course of the opening two-parter.
... It's missing exactly the elements that make you want to watch those British shows on BBC America: energy, irreverence, a sense of humor and, crucially, consistently good performances. …
... the hero is unequivocally a good guy, his adversaries are unmistakably evil — I hereby declare that to be refreshing. … "Copper" has come to entertain, not to educate, and it discharges that duty well. …
... works not only because it mines elements of classic storytelling but also because of elaborately colorful dialogue by Fontana, Rokos and their fellow writers, compelling performances by every member of the cast, richly detailed art direction and well-paced overall direction. …
... All of these characters and situations are mildly interesting, but it’s difficult to know from just a couple of episodes if they’re ever going to become desperately interesting. This is especially true of Weston-Jones’s performance — he’s fine to watch but difficult to relate to. That’s because “Copper” is yet another show where every character is damaged and complicated and doesn’t want to be related to. …
... does not reach "Homicide" levels of greatness in its premiere -- really, what show could? -- but tonight's pilot at least suggests it may offer "Oz"-level attention to character development once it gets up on its feet. … But there's enough to re-commend about "Copper" that it's worth tuning in to see how the series develops.
... a dark, violent and ultimately gripping walk through New York in 1864. …
... something special. … BBC America chose to launch a move beyond reairing British dramas and into original series by trusting two of the people responsible for one of TV’s best police dramas, “Homicide.” I’m inclined to do the same. …
... everything about the show feels just a bit off: underfunded, insufficiently cast and flatly written. …
... It's in the stilted, stiff execution where things fall apart. Like AMC's even more tedious Hell on Wheels, capturing a turbulent era and a squalid setting with studiously detailed period grit isn't enough. While the story revels in bone-crunching brutality on either side of the law, the impact is muffled by cardboard characterizations, wooden acting and clichéd plotting. …
... On paper, there’s much to like about the premise. In practice, it’s a sluggish start to a big story -- and in today’s scripted environment, that usually doesn’t end well. …
... isn't terrible, but suffers from a flat-footed quality. Mostly, like AMC's postwar experiment "Hell on Wheels," it leaves one pining once again for the poetry of "Deadwood." … it's difficult not to be disappointed by a series that plays, finally, like too much of a cop-out.
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