ZeroZeroZero web series review (2020)

Where to watch: Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

ZeroZeroZero trailer

Rating: 5/5

Time: 8 episodes of 50-55 minutes each

Cast: Adriano Chiaramida, Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan, Harold Torres, Gabriel Byrne

Set on three different continents with characters speaking 4-5 different languages, ZeroZeroZero is a multicultural and transnational tale of the narcotics trade. Reminiscent of famous narco thrillers, such as Narcos and Sicario, what sets ZeroZeroZero apart is its encompassing global story of the drug trade. The buyers sit in Italy, the suppliers are from Mexico and the Americans are the middlemen. As things stand, it should be a straightforward transaction. But nothing is straightforward in the drug trade. Family betrayal on the Italian side and mutiny on the Mexican side means the Americans are in trouble.

Memorable characters shine through in ZeroZeroZero. Don Minu (played by Adriano Chiaramida) is an aging mafia boss wanting to regain past glory. However, his grandson, Stefano, is not completely on board. His betrayal of his grandfather sets in motion a series of events that take place as far away as Mexico, Senegal and Morocco. This directly impacts the Lynwood family of New Orleans who are the middlemen. After the death of her father, the daughter Emma Lynwood (played by Andrea Riseborough), struggles to get the cocaine shipment from Mexico to Italy.

Why is ZeroZeroZero called ZeroZeroZero?

Based on Robert Saviano’s novel of the same name, ZeroZeroZero refers to the nickname given by drug traffickers to the purest form of cocaine. Saviano takes inspiration from the real world to tell the story of international drug trade. He is an Italian journalist whose expose of the mafia has put him on their hit list. He has been under special police protection since 2006.

Is there a season 2 of ZeroZeroZero?

No, the producers have confirmed that ZeroZeroZero was a limited series and there will not be a second season of the web series.

Triple 9 movie review (2016)

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Rating: 4/5

Time: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Cast: Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Eijiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Gal Gadot, Aaron Paul

Triple 9 is a must-watch movie because each member of its star-studded cast delivers a powerful and riveting performance. The story and script is quite engrossing. A team of dirty cops and ex-military men led by Michael Atwood (played by Chiwetel Eijiofor ) rob a bank for the Russian mafia. They are not after the money but a safety deposit box, the contents of which are very dear to the Russians. When they ask for payment for a job well done, the team is told to rob yet another document, this time from a secure US government facility.

Meanwhile, Sergeant Detective Jeff Allen (played by Woody Harrelson) is fast on their trail. His nephew Chris Allen (played by Casey Affleck) is a new cop who teams up with one of the dirty cops, Marcus (played by Anthony Mackie). The only way that Michael Atwood’s team can break through the security of a US government facility is by putting out a Triple 9 code – kill a cop and create a diversion so that the entire police department is focussed on the cop killer. The team zeroes in on Chris Allen as the unknowing and hapless victim. Will their plan succeed? Or will Detective Jeff Allen manage to save his nephew?

Triple 9 is a fast-paced crime thriller that will not dissapoint. Kate Winslet is almost unrecognisable because of her appearance, accent and attitude in a role that she does not usually do – as a powerful Russian mob boss. However, Gal Gadot, who plays her sister, is wasted in a role that does little justice to her talent.

Person of Interest (2011-2016)

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Time: 5 Seasons; 103 episodes of approx. 44 minutes each

Cast: Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Sarah Shahi, Kevin Chapman

Government surveillance, invasion of privacy, and artificial intelligence have become buzzwords in recent times. Person of Interest captures all of these themes in a fast-paced drama. The series comes with an impeccable pedigree. It is created by the same producers who were behind iconic sci-fi thrillers such as Star Wars, Interstellar, and Westworld – Jonathon Nolan (brother of Christopher Nolan) and JJ Abrams. As such, the show does not disappoint. It is filled with thrilling action sequences at par with a major Hollywood flick, original plot twists, and competent acting.

Teaming up with an eccentric billionaire, a burnt-out ex-CIA agent (played by Jim Caviezel) and a friendly New York city cop try to stop crimes and criminals before the act is committed. Backing them is a powerful AI entity, simply called The Machine. Overall, an entertaining watch!

Paatal Lok (2020)

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Rating: 4 / 5

1 Season, 9 episodes between 40-45 minutes each

Inspector Hathi Ram Choudhary neatly divides the New Delhi police jurisdiction into three levels. At the highest level is Swarglok or Heaven under which comes the posh Lutyen’s Delhi. Next is Dharti Lok or Earth, covering middle-class colonies and the lowest level is Paatal Lok or the netherworld, where live the poor and children of lesser gods. Paatal Lok is the good Inspector’s jurisdiction – the Outer Jamuna Paar police station, where all cases come to die.

However, Inspector Choudhary’s fortunes take a favourable turn when four suspects are arrested for the attempted murder of a famous journalist and he is tasked with the investigation. With media frenzy surrounding the case, this is a rare opportunity for a policeman from Paatal Lok.

The series will keep you engrossed throughout. It is fast-paced, although at times the sub-plots can sidetrack you. Freedom of the press, caste violence in rural Punjab, marriage infidelity, political corruption, Hindu-Muslim divide – the nine-part series manages to cover a lot of themes in contemporary India. 

Jaideep Ahlawat as Inspector Hathi Ram delivers a stellar performance. We get to see his character’s multi-faceted personality – the diligent cop who wants to crack his first, big case to a promotion. The worried father of a 15-year old rebellious teenager and loving husband. He is ably supported by a stellar cast – Gul Panag plays his wife but seems to be underused as a character. Ishwak Singh plays his junior, Ansari, a diligent officer who is also studying for his Civil Services.