The River 1 Season 2012

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Season 1
(30) IMDb 7.8/10
Available in HD

6. Doctor Emmet Cole TV-14 CC

The Magus crew finds Emmet's camera bag containing tapes.

Starring:
Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
March 6, 2012

Available in HD on supported devices.

Doctor Emmet Cole

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Product Details

Genres Adventure, Action, Horror
Director Michelle MacLaren
Starring Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson
Supporting actors Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Scott Michael Foster, Lee Tergesen, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Wendy Pearson, Katie Featherston, Raj K. Bose
Season year 2012
Network ABC
Executive Producer Wendy Battles
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Customer Reviews

Good acting in this show as well.
Lonzo Silas
While I've only seen two episodes so far, The River blends enough horror, suspense and mystery to rank as one of the best new TV shows this year.
James Beswick
Hit or Miss Ending: The 7th episode explains Greenwood's fate, but raises more questions than it answers.
K. Harris

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Beswick VINE VOICE on February 21, 2012
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So I was expecting to love Alcatraz and dislike The River and found it was the other way around. Whereas Alcatraz has quickly turned into a police procedural, The River is more like a magic-laden, reality version of Lost.

The setup of the pilot episode was a good hook - a Steve Irwin-like TV personality goes missing after a 22-year long weekly show (there's the writers' optimism) and his surviving family venture out to the Amazon to find him after he's declared legally dead. Even within the first 20 minutes, the variety of characters and mystical elements demonstrate that the plot has many different potential directions it could go. The cast manage to find their feet quickly with these characters (which was missing in both Fringe and Alcatraz) so the audience can get to grips with the story.

Once we're in the Amazon, Bruce Greenwood heads up a pretty competent cast who face a series of horror-related encounters in their quest to find a missing member of their team. What could have been frankly ludicrous is given a certain credibility by the show-within-a-show format so it comes across as a significantly more interesting episode of Destination Truth. The character dynamic of the family is developing well too - the perfect nuclear family portrayed in the show has a number of dark secrets that are starting to unravel and I'm sure will provide the linchpin of the series.

While I've only seen two episodes so far, The River blends enough horror, suspense and mystery to rank as one of the best new TV shows this year. Seeing as Dexter has imploded, it's good to have a new series to fill the gap.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ICWiener on May 6, 2012
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I like the show, its kind of like the "Invasion" and "Lost" and "Anaconda" all in one, kind of,... but hte damn camera cut scenes makes me dizzy, and hard to concentrate on whats happening
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin F. Tasker on March 29, 2012
The River, the latest in the cinema verite craze. It is violent, unsettling, jittery, and at times actually frightening. Often, however, the excursion to locate Emmett Cole runs aground, relying on typical boo-scares and tepid characterization to propel its quivering plot threads. The characters are drab and stereotypical, including a devoted wife, her MD son with daddy issues, a rough mysterious security official, et al. Which leaves most of the show's excitement to come from the scary components. Well...There are two questions you will continually ask yourself should you chose to ride this river. And they are pivotal, sometimes plot-breaking questions: 1) Who is filming/who edited this footage together? 2) Why isn't the crew so overwhelmingly terrified by the various beasties and dark forces they come across that they at least reference these events in later episodes, if not try to run away/psychologically collapse? Both of these errors contribute to the immense, immense amount of verisimilitude required to enjoy The River. Take, for example, a sequence late in the season where footage is found by the principle characters from an earlier expedition. The footage shows two people conversing on the forest floor, yet the camera switches to different angles, most of them in the trees. Presumably, someone hid cameras in the trees, but this is never mentioned and only one tape is recovered. Which means someone had to gather the footage and cut it together. Impossible given the removal of these particular characters from anything resembling society, let alone an editing room. Sounds like nit-picking? Well, it is.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By coffee lady on March 21, 2014
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This show is fantastic: creepy and engaging adventures through the jungle. it's a great combination of adventure story and superantural.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Simpson on October 30, 2013
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Different and fun. Wish there were more. The acting is good. "There's magic out there!" Who'da known he meant it literally!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on July 31, 2013
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Wish they could have tried one more season to maybe tie things up or explain more! It was just getting together by the end so more would have been nice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nancy a yannarella on March 14, 2013
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I really don't think this show was bad enough to not consider another season.
Please reconsider! 4 more words required
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Freeman on March 22, 2012
It's a pretty original show, it combines elements of hand cam horror with a science fiction magic theme. I'm personally hoping for a second season.
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