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The River

1 Season

Season 1
3.8 out of 5 stars (38) IMDb 6.8/10

A riveting new thriller that takes you deep into the unknown, where the only thing darker than family secrets is the mystery at the heart of the Amazon mystery that may just have you believe there's magic out there.

Starring:
Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson

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Season 1

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1. Magus

6 months after Dr. Cole goes missing, his wife journeys to find him.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: February 7, 2012
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2. Marbeley

Dr. Emmet Cole's spirit enters Jahel.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: February 7, 2012
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3. Los Ciegos

The crew of the Magus goes blind from tree spores.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: February 14, 2012
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4. A Better Man

Lincoln tries to be the moral compass of the group.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: February 21, 2012
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5. Peaches

Another vessel runs the Magus crew aground.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: February 28, 2012
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6. Doctor Emmet Cole

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

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 6, 2012
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7. The Experiment

Kurt is forced to make a personal sacrifice.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 13, 2012
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8. Row, Row, Row Your Boat

As the Magus travels to the final destination, one of the crew is shot.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 20, 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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I wanted to like this, very badly, but there was a scene early on where the people were on the boat, being attacked, and the wife was yelling at the entity. The scene was pure cheese... I just could not continue watching because of that scene. The acting throughout was uninspired... it just was not something that grabbed me.
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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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Love, love, loved this show. So bummed that it got cancelled. What a great premise and storyline. Glad it got at least 1 season, but wished there was more. Hopefully, one day they will bring it back.
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This is an interesting storyline set in an intriguing and potentially engaging environment (the Amazon). The characters lack individual story motivation and seem one dimensional. What was lacking was a more thorough and realistic integration of the already intriguing elements surfacing in the Amazon jungle and rivers . . . these mysteries alone would have served as the seeds of some incredible plot points. I wanted this to be so much more than it was. I would recommend FRINGE and PERSON OF INTEREST or WAREHOUSE 13 as excellent choices for the type of intrigue, character development, and intrigue that cement stories in your imagination.
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Simply watched the movie out of curiosity to see how the acting of the principal female character was (can't think of her name now) She is to star in Fifty Shades of Grey, playing Kate. This movie was not at all good, or bad, actually was not interesting.
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I really enjoyed this season and was sad that there wasn't a second. However, unlike many shows that end before their time, this one managed to have what I found to be a suitable ending. While the end left plenty of room for a continuation, it did wrap up most of the plotlines and questions that arose during the season. I found this to be a well written, well acted, and well thought out show (I definitely had the feeling that the next move the show was to make had been thoroughly thought out and planned and not just thrown together). I was always a fan of Lost, but was very disenchanted with the way it ended, leaving most of the mystery and intrigue unfinished and the audience (at least those in my acquaintances) unsatisfied. The River, on the other hand, is a well crafted mystery and adventure which left me both wanting more and suitably satisfied, since there was unfortunately no more to come.
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