DVD Review: ‘Person Of Interest’ Season 1 (UK Edition)

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Synopsis: John Reese (Jim Caviezel), a former Green Beret and CIA field officer, is living as a derelict in New York City after the death of the woman he loves, and is presumed dead. He is approached by Harold Finch (Michael Emerson), a reclusive billionaire computer genius who is living under an assumed identity. Finch explains that after September 11, 2001, he built a computer system for the government which uses information gleaned from omnipresent surveillance to predict future terrorist attacks. However, Finch discovered that the computer was predicting ordinary crimes as well.

Review: As you can see by the synopsis. This series is kind of difficult to sum up with a brief plot outline because there is so much going on, but to put it simply. This is a must watch if you like series such as ‘Lost,’ which deal with conspiracy theories and play on your paranoia, but unlike ‘Lost’ this show actually makes a point of making the conspiracy a bit more believable and doesn’t relay on any supernatural plot twists.

The intro to the show, which have typed in below does a hell of a lot to set you up for a gripping story and while it is a bit slow to establish itself because it does take a couple of episodes to warm up. You kind stick with it based on the promise of that cracking intro.

“You are being watched. The government has a secret system: a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I know because I built it. I designed the machine to detect acts of terror, but it sees everything. Violent crimes involving ordinary people, people like you. Crimes the government considered irrelevant. They wouldn’t act, so I decided I would. But I needed a partner, someone with the skills to intervene. Hunted by the authorities, we work in secret. You’ll never find us, but victim or perpetrator, if your number’s up… we’ll find you”.

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Jim Cavieszel is the perfect choice for John Reese, who is a former CIA Agent who has been living and surviving off the grid and when we meet him he has evidently lost faith in the system. Especially given that it is revealed later on that the agency that he worked and did a lot of very bad things for had ordered a hit on him.

If I was to describe Person Of Interest to someone off the street I’d probably say its Batman only instead of all the gadgets and gizmos. He just wears a regular suit and fights crime by blending in and using surveillance of the future victim or perpetrator in order to follow, watch and then step in and stop the bad thing from happening.

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Mr Finch, who is played brilliantly by Michael Emerson is the brains behind the whole deal and does much of the heavy lifting when it comes to the research while John Reese blends in with the ‘Person Of Interest’ and does all the required leg work such as breaking and entering or knocking heads with the villains.

There are a handful of episodes in the first season that are a bit heavy handed on the exposition and set up, but even with those episodes you still find yourself glued to the TV wondering what will happen next or whether the person of interest in the episode is an innocent or someone that is intent on doing some very bad things.

There is one episode in the series John and Mr Finch having to tail and help a fixer, who is marked for death when one of the people she is working for orders a hit on her. The fun thing is some of the characters that Reese helps become recurring characters on the show.

The series was written by Jonathan Nolan, who is credited with having written the recent trilogy of Batman movies with his brother Christopher Nolan.

Extras: In terms of extras on this DVD set they are sparse but by no means unwelcome. On the first disk you have commentary on the pilot episode. Other than that the rest of the extras, which consist of an extended version of the pilot episode both with and without commentary. Added to this is a documentary about how much surveillance plays a part in our every day lives and discusses just how much we are being watched.

The first season of ‘Person Of Interested’ will be out on DVD in the UK on March 18 at the modest price of £17.99 and you can pre order your copy here at Amazon.co.uk

 

Written By: Ian Cullen

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Ian Cullen is the owner of scifipulse.net. A wannabe musician. Ian is a legend in his own mind and when not working on the website host the hugely successful SFP-NOW Podcast he can be found skulking around empty corridors. A longtime fan of genre television and movies Ian was also a producer on the Reality On Demand web-series and has even been published in the official Star Trek Magazine.

 

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