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Series Review: Under the Banner of Heaven, Disney Plus, 2022

True crime series keep conquering our screen, time after time. Disney Plus produced a series about a Mormon community where a mother and her young daughter are murdered and none other than Andrew Garfield arrives to reveal the culprits. The murder takes place in a religiously devout community in 1984, Garfield, a member of the community and a devout believer in God, is called to assist in the investigation because he is a Mormon.

The husband is the immediate suspect, the fact that he is basking in their blood really does not help him. The investigation takes us into the realms of the community, the extended family and even flashbacks 250 years ago from the founding of the religion. There's nothing here that we haven't seen many times before, surprises are reserved for other series but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad thing.

If you've seen "True Detective", then you know the genre. Everything is disgusting and tense, no one is what they seem from the outside. Garfield works very hard which affects his personal life outside of work. The theological discussion is the centre of the series, and it is fascinating. How religious institutions affect believers and what extreme religious belief can cause people to do.

The performance itself is successful, it's an interesting and fluid series that can be finished in a week if you make an effort. Although the episodes are a little too long, in my opinion you will not get tired of watching them. This is a recommended series for those who enjoy seeing deep and uncompromising realism.


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