The horror at 3:33

Lucy Chambers (Jessica Raine) is a social worker with an eight-year-old son, Isaac (Benjamin Chivers), who neither feels nor suffers, but is not diagnosed as autistic either: simply, is permanently absent, it seems that everything is blown and he is unable to express his feelings, in the event that he has them. Separated from her husband, who believes that Isaac ruined their happy existence for their parents, Lucy leads a not very exciting life between her strange offspring, the gruesome cases she has to deal with at work, and the care of a mother who seems afflicted with dementia and has a habit of talking to people only she can see. To finish fixing it, Lucy has incomprehensible and terrifying nightmares of those who wake up every night at the same time, three thirty-three minutes.

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This is the starting point of the new Amazon Prime proposal The devil’s hour disturbing British miniseries written by Tom Moran and produced by Steven Moffat, who we talked about last week in relation to his Netflix series Inside man (From within). the devil’s hour is a very peculiar product that constantly plays with a spectator forced to lend himself to the game if he wants to find out something (or, rather, intuit something). At first it looks like a thriller Conventional with a touch of manners: Lucy, halfway with Inspector Ravi Dhillon (Nikesh Patel), finds herself involved, through matters related to her work, in the search for a serial killer named Gideon Shepherd (peter capaldi). Little by little, as the 3:33 nightmares continue, Isaac’s demeanor becomes more and more indecipherable, and Grandma’s zanies increase, we begin to see that what seemed like a thriller normal and current is not so much or, rather, It is not at allbecause the paranormal elements are making an appearance with a worrying frequency.

Another psycho?

It is difficult to incur spoilers when describing The devil’s hour because it is not even easy to explain what it is about specifically. There are time jumps, parallel lives, real existences that aren’t real, a serial killer who claims to be a time traveler who is dedicated, against what it seems, to eliminating people who are going to commit horrible acts… Given the number of narrative changes, unexpected script twists, issues that seem like one thing and are another and constant surprises, the best (or the only thing) that the viewer can do is to let yourself go until you reach a peculiar open ending which only serves to confirm the metaphysical character of the proposal. I would be lying if I told you that this monumental mess is resolved at the end of its sixth installment. In fact, there are many details that remain up in the air. And not just details, since even the lives of its protagonists are shown to us in different circumstances, as if the scriptwriter wanted us to choose the possibility that we like the most or seems most plausible to us. There is no explanation for Lucy’s mother’s insanity or poor Isaac’s strange way of being. In the last episode, curling the loop, it is not clear if Isaac exists, if Lucy is a social worker or a police officer married to Inspector Dhillon or if Gideon is who he says he is or just another psychopath who enjoys killing innocents.

And the best thing about it is that it doesn’t matter. Like in certain David Lynch movies with which there is no way to clarify, although the enjoyment is undoubted (I am thinking of lost highway either Mulholland Drive), the devil’s hour offers an exciting journey to who knows where. To put it bluntly, you reach the end without having fully understood what the screenwriter was trying to tell you, but with the feeling that the trip has been absolutely worth it, which makes The devil’s hour one of the products most peculiar that can be seen today on the platforms of streaming (Its mere existence, as the courtyard is, already seems like a miracle to me). I keep the name of its creator, Tom Moran, well, he is a very young guy who is starting and that I have the impression that it may bring me many strange joys in the future: if the great Steven Moffat has noticed it, it will be for a reason.

The horror at 3:33