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In 2012, for reasons not immediately revealed, the two are interviewed separately by investigators about their most notorious case: the macabre 1995 murder of a prostitute by a possible serial killer with disturbing occult leanings. As they look back on the case, Hart and Cohle's personal backstories and often-strained relationship become a major focal point.
Hart, an outgoing native Louisianan and family man whose marriage is being frayed by work stress and infidelity, is (at least on the surface) the polar opposite of Cohle, a lone-wolf pessimist and former narcotics detective from Texas. While the plot is moved forward by their shared obsession to hunt down the ritual killer, the true drama centers around the mercurial nature of Hart and Cohle's relationship and personalities, and how they affect each other as detectives, friends, and men.
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8 episodes. 2 Hollywood actors. 1 director. 1 writer. 1 extraordinary show.
From the mind of Nic Pizzolatto comes True Detective, a dark, profound and masterful crime thriller set in the bayous of Louisiana. Written with a philosophical and sharp acuity, True Detective tells the story of two detectives (Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) and their 17- year manhunt for a deranged serial killer.
This is not an ordinary cop show. It isn't about tidy cases, chasing perps or trailing leads. There isn't red tape, standard procedures or closure at the end of the day. What you will find is broken marriages, darkness inherent in the human soul, and philosophical notions on the meaning (or lack thereof) of life.
McConaughey and Harrelson as Rust Cohle and Martin Hart make an unlikely and surprisingly fascinating duo. Cohle is a dark, abstract individual, living alone, full of loss and discontentment with life. He has visions and hallucinations from his 4 years undercover in narcotics. However he is also very smart, rational and lucid, understanding who he is as a human being and his place in the universe. Hart is a seemingly responsible, everyday family man that takes his job seriously. He has a good heart, but through his need for control, manipulates people to his own selfish and destructive ends. They are both dark, bad men. But as Cohle says, "The world needs bad men. They keep the other bad men from the door." There is a yin/yang, religious/atheist, rational/irrational relationship that is both thoughtful and humorous to watch.
True Detective is a self-contained 8 episode anthology series. Each season will feature a new cast and story, completely unrelated to the previous one.Read more ›
Supplemental features announced:
*Two Audio Commentaries: Featuring series creator/executive producer/writer Nic Pizzolatto, composer T Bone Burnett and Executive Producer Scott Stephens
*Making True Detective: A behind-the-scenes look at production on the series, featuring interviews with cast and crew and including never-before-seen footage from Episode 4 "Who Goes There".
*A Conversation with Nic Pizzolatto and T Bone Burnett: An in-depth discussion with the series writer/creator/executive producer and the composer on both the series and the pivotal role music played in the show's development.
*Inside the Episode: Series creator/executive producer/writer Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Joji Fukunaga discuss character development and offer insights into each episode of the series.
*Up Close with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson: Exclusive interviews with the stars.
*Deleted Scenes: Never-before-seen footage from the series
I could go on and on about the amazing cinematography, the great pacing and editing, the set design and location shoots, or even the brilliant acting by Matthew McConaughey and his chemistry with Woody Harrelson. Instead, all I can say is that I've been waiting years for something like this. This is one part HBO's the Wire, one part David Fincher's Se7en, and one part 48 Hours Investigates. This show is very adult in nature, content and subject matter due to nudity and dead bodies and drug use.
McConaughey (Rust Cohle) and Harrleson (Martin Hart) play Louisiana detectives investigating the trail of dead left behind by a serial killer that ends up spanning 17 years.Read more ›
True Detective follows Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) as they investigate a grisly murder in rural Louisiana. That is all I dare give away because I will be doing you a disservice giving any more than that away. This is a show to be experienced not described. I'm going to end the review here because there simply isn't anything else to say. You owe it to yourself to experience True Detective. It is a modern masterpiece and an unquestionably mandatory buy.
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Wonderfully mysterious, scary and bizarre. I am not a fan of either Woody or Matthew, but they were terrific and I have a new respect for them. Definitely a must see.Published 16 minutes ago by Daisy
Matthew McConaughey's acting alone is reason enough to watch this series, he's just fantastic! You'd never know it was the same actor as in How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, he's... Read morePublished 7 days ago by CM
This has got to be the most boring detective series I have ever watched. Maybe the acting is good, but who cares when the show is this boring?Published 7 days ago by Dell Champlin
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