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Rubicon (2010)

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And this is only the beginning...

  • Aug 3, 2010
A new show that is to be a series on AMC open this week, RUBICON by name, and if the first two episodes, back to back, are an indication of what is to come, this is definitely a thinking person's story. By definition RUBICON means 'A limit that when passed or exceeded permits of no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment.' The story in introduced in tidbits, pieces of a puzzle that seem to be at different poles with different characters in control. A man commits suicide and leaves much of his estate and holdings to his wife (Miranda Richardson) but he has been connected to a firm that investigates espionage-like situations. As would be expected on an opening format, we barely get to know the characters who are bound to stay around: there is an investigative team whose leader is strangely killed in a train crash, leaving the top position open to a damaged man (James Badge Dale) whose wife and child were lost in 9/11 and his three associates - Dallas Roberts, Christopher Evan Welch, and Natalie Gold - each of whom has a bit of darkness to the character. And of course there are the elusive 'top people' (Arliss Howard et at), and naturally a 'mole' of dubious commitment to either side, whose purpose in the series is not explained as yet. There is a crunch to discover the identity of two men, puzzles to solve to piece together the plans that are in bizarre code, etc etc. The writing for the script is good, the direction is fast paced and effective, the cast is an interesting crew of people, the cinematography is appropriately gloomy, and the musical score manages to maintain tension. It is worth staying with this series as the actors are all excellent and the hints of things to come are strong enough to make us want to see how they pan out. Grady Harp, August 10

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