The River: Season 1
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The idea behind "The River" is a good one. Bruce Greenwood plays a popular TV naturist who disappears while on an expedition in the Brazilian wilds. He and his crew are presumed dead. His wife (Leslie Hope) and estranged son (Joe Anderson) put together another documentary crew in an effort to find, and hopefully rescue, the missing men. Trying to piece together what happened through found footage, this new team faces increasingly strange and deadly obstacles the deeper they go.Read more ›
Produced by Orin Peli and Steven Spielberg, The River is a terrifying and imaginative drama that goes outside the box. With the recent hits of the "found-footage" sub-genre in horror, ABC brought in a TV show with the same formula of filming, but with a cast, plot and visuals that are delivered spectacularly. Joe Anderson was great as Lincoln Cole, the son of Emmett, but it was Thomas Kretschmann who stole the show as Kurt, the mysterious bodyguard who protects the crew as they traverse the Boiuna. Sadly, for some stupidly annoying reason, the network decided to can the series (like a lot of phenomenal shows including Firefly, Daybreak, and Invasion). With a season of only 8 episodes, the writers were able to create something extraordinary, but leave a great many questions unanswered as the show was canceled. Like Lost, The River takes us to a place we know nothing about, and the rules of reality are broken. This show isn't for everyone, but anyone who appreciates thrillers, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy and supernatural dramas, this show is perfect. Hopefully, someone gets a campaign started to bring the show back for one more season because there is still plenty of room to answer and bring to light questions and answers. Kickstarter right now is doing well with bringing back TV shows, so let's get The River back for at least one more season of 13-14 episodes.
With the first episode throwing you into the story, it's hard to warm up to the series, but by episode 3 I was hooked.
The characters, though some may call cliche, all had their own unique personality and added different dimensions to the story.
What really sold me on the series is the "mockumentary-style" that it is shot. I eat this stuff up so badly. With movies like Cloverfield and Quarantine being two of my all-time horror favourites, this was a complete treat for me.
At times the work seems derivative of others. One episode seems inspired by Quarantine and 28 Days Later, another seems inspired by the Exorcist, another inspired by the Blair Witch Project. For me, it was not bothersome. The River still felt entirely original whether or not I could see other movie references and inspiration within it.
If you're a fan of horror and suspense or even of the "mockumentary-style", definitely check out this television series.
I wish they would continue with the series and make a second season, but something tells me that is not going to happen.
It's not everyone's cup of tea, but if it is, you will definitely want to refill your cup over and over again with The River.
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Good sci-fi. Little cheesy at times but overall it deserves the 4 starsPublished 5 months ago by Ryan C.
This is dreadful. The story could have been something wonderful but the amateurish Camera work destroyed this series. I couldn't make it past the third episode. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MikeFrett
I hate that this show was cancelled!!!! It was so good and different, I'm down right sick of all these cop/detective shows >:(Published 6 months ago by Lillian Parker
I loved this show when it was on TV and was so upset that it was cancelled, so for nostalgic purposes I bought it a couple years later and realized why it had been cancelled in the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ryan Arther
Pretty good yarn. I thought the ending was fantastic and it did not need another season.Published 8 months ago by drcg
It came brand new looking. Still had the cardboard outter case. It's a great price!!! I will be buying more as gifts for friends (:Published 9 months ago by « Brutalciera »
Oren peli genius here. Pretty much an epic 5 hour found footage movie. Allways riveting with awesome camera work and placement. Really fun concept done well in my book.Published 9 months ago by john galt
Very good tv show. Wish they hadent canceled season 2 tho :)Published 12 months ago by Eddie Johnson