TV Show Review – Game of Silence

TV Show Review – Game of Silence


Rating:  3 (out of 5).  In NBC’s newest drama Game of Silence, four friends make a big mistake that puts them in a juvenile detention center where they are brutalized and assaulted by both the guards and other inmates. Twenty five years later Brooks, played by David Lyons, is now a successful lawyer who finds himself being drawn back into the drama as the four are forced into a cycle of revenge and vengeance. Some of the critics thought that there were too many layers to this story making it very convoluted. Others thought it was entertaining, but there isn’t enough substance to keep people watching.

USA Today calls this an “insufficiently thought-out cross-cultural stew that lands neither here nor there.” They think “The twists hold some interest, as plot mechanics often do; the characters, less so. No one’s behavior makes much sense, and no one’s relationship ever rings true — particularly not the romantic ones, which are virtually chemistry-free across the board.”

Newsday thinks this is a “A convoluted story that doesn’t seem all that worthwhile to unravel, or peel — or watch.”

Game of Silence is messy” says The Detroit News. They indicate “It’s also fairly miserable. Intentionally so, understand, but after a while you may wish some of these characters would lighten up.” But “it carries a punch.”

Variety writes “Game of Silence tiptoes around the events that set the story in motion, setting up an elaborate revenge plot with an overabundance of twists, many of which don’t hold up to close scrutiny.”

The Boston Herald thinks “Game’s dialogue is inconsequential, pushing the players around from scene to scene, but the plot payoffs come fast and furious. Lyons is good as a man who used success to fashion a new identity but finds he cannot escape his past. Every debt must be paid, even in blood.”

The Lincoln Journal Star gives it a B- saying it is “A bit contrived at times — how many times have we seen an uninvited police detective hanging back at a funeral to initiate a confrontation — “Game of Silence” offers a so-so compelling tale. I found myself more interested in the flashbacks than the present-day action, which I’m pretty sure wasn’t the intention.”

The San Fransisco Chronicle thinks “Although you never lose interest in the story, Hudgins begins to pile it on too much as the series continues, with too many plot-enhancing coincidences added to too many predictable story twists.” They say “Between Jackson’s apparent ignorance of basic criminal law and the overplotting, “Game of Silence” eventually becomes tedious. We stick with it mostly in anticipation of the long-overdue revenge against the warden and his cronies, waiting for game over.”

The Los Angeles Daily News says “While it mostly traffics in the idea of trying to right the past and how that can go so very wrong, it doesn’t get bogged down, instead letting the action and mystery drive the story. For what it is, you likely will be entertained while watching it, but it probably won’t stick with you very long.”

The Boston Globe writes “Sure, it’s packaged as a drama, and there will be plenty of fights and betrayals and long-kept secrets inconveniently revealed along the way. There will be blood, and tears, too. But ultimately the whole endeavor will feel more like hide and seek — the writers hide the answers that the audience seeks to find, traveling down dead ends until the big mystery is solved. It’s TV show as Clue board.”

The New York Times thinks “All of the actors are good; Mr. Raymond-James is scary good; and the story rips along at a brisk pace. No one who works in the penal system will like the portrayals here, but lovers of mystery and suspense could easily be hooked.”

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