After witnessing a car crash, Sam Pinkett answers a stranded phone, and receives a warning that a kidnapped woman will die if he doesn’t follow through with the plan. Obviously not intended for him, Sam soon finds himself and his co-worker outcast, Phil Bourne, thrown into a deadly series of crime, conspiracy, and corruption.
The Wrong Mans is definitely a must watch. Written and co-created by James Corden (Phil) and Mathew Baynton (Sam), this show is a right laugh with surprising twists and turns. The story line is absolutely hilarious with chaos ensuing everywhere these two go. I'm a huge fan of James Corden; I think he is absolutely hilarious. He most certainly doesn't disappoint with this show. Corden and Baynton wrote an absolutely brilliant script, and delivered perfect performances. The show has classic thriller references with modern comedy. The name itself is just the beginning of the fun. The jokes are original and creative, and series one ends on a cliff hanger perfect for the start of series two.
The characters are extraordinary concoctions.The villains of the story are absolutely amusing. They are quirky and wacky, definitely not your typical evil villain. But the really scene stealers are Sam and Phil. Sam’s nerdy and neurotic tendencies mixed with Phil’s desire for adventure and thrill makes this rag-tag team extremely fun to watch. Sam is the sensible one trying to find a way out these dangerous situations, while Phil is the one encouraging it. These are two completely ordinary men who get thrown into a bizarre world. Corden and Baynton deliver performances with perfect understanding of how normal people would act in these unusual situations, causing their reactions to the predicaments they are in to be even more hysterical. Both Sam and Phil are lovable characters who make the show well worth watching.
The direction of The Wrong Mans is exceptional as well. With the immediate gray tones and linger scenic views, the viewer gets an impression that Sam is living less than an active life. He has a boring job with annoying co-workers and can't get over his ex-girlfriend. But soon, the tone changes, and Sam’s life becomes a quick action thriller. The pace is fast and fun; you will never get bored with this story. The Wrong Mans is told through clean camera angles and beautiful cinematography.
With spot on writing, a great cast, and fantastic direction, I give The Wrong Mans 9 out of 10. The Wrong Mans can be found on the BBC iPlayer, and premiers 11 November on Hulu in America.
Originally Posted on Actor.Nerd.Fashionista on November 3, 2013
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