TIFF 2020: “The Third Day”

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Certain places are charged with magic and some of these are undoubtedly creepy. In most cases, it has the power to grab people’s attention, make them to fall in love, and stay with that feeling for the rest of their lives.

“The Third Day” is HBO’s new mini series created by Felix Barrett and follows Sam (Jude Law) and Helen (Naomie Harries) who arrive on a small island where it is all about keeping their ancestral traditions. The people there are preserving and protective. They don’t like outsiders but the outsiders admire them greatly. The place itself is lovely but very strange too. The islanders normally say, “there is something special about this place”. And once you begin watching this, you will realize, it’s not in a good way.

The pilot episode, “Summer”, begins with Sam, who has a troubled past. As someone in the forest, he meets a young woman who hangs herself. Rushing to help her, Sam manages to save her life. It is then that he is introduced to the island and does not know what’s coming for him. Second episode, “Winter”, follows Naomi Harris’ Helen, who rents a cottage in the same island. She also happens to experience the same weird atmospheric experience in the island and wishes to never step her foot into it.

Overall, “The Third Day” is another successful mini series from HBO that won’t disappoint you. It’s suspenseful, entertaining, and extremely engaging. As for the performances, the stellar cast absorbs the characters they portray and create what will be the most surreal and expressive journey you will ever be able to make through the small screen.  

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