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Friday, February 15, 2013

House of Cards (season 1) by Beau Willimon, 2013 (TV-MA)

Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Breaking and Entering, The Conspirator), Kate Mara (127 hours), Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly (Did you Hear About The Morgans?, The Adjustment Bureau), Sakina Jaffrey, Kristen Connolly, Constance Zimmer

Ruthless and cunning, Congressman Francis Underwood (Oscar® winner Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) stop at nothing to conquer everything. This wicked political drama penetrates the shadowy world of greed, sex, and corruption in modern D.C. Kate Mara (“American Horror Story”) and Corey Stoll (“Midnight in Paris”) costar in the first original series from David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Game) and Beau Willimon (“The Ides of March”). It is an adaptation of a previous BBC miniseries of the same name which is based on the novel by Michael Dobbs.

I don't believe I have ever seen such a troubling movie or series on politics. Francis Underwood is a manipulator, calculator, extremely smart, selfish and a bad looser, therefor dangerous to anyone who stand on his way. Surrounding him are people with ethics that are quite questionable, perhaps slightly more humanized, showing a little bit of their humanity. Overall, you have the feeling that higher power is completely independent from the people's will, and democracy an ideal that was created to comfort people in making them feel important. I felt the brightness of these minds, the wittiness of the dialogues made me enjoy some of the journey, but overall, your level of cynicism just get greater. It is brilliant, and hopefully fictional! The series is composed of three seasons, this is so far the first one, lets see how the cards are played, but the way season 1 ends suggest the game might change for an even more interesting one. What a suspense...

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