Prime Time staring Bartosz Bielenia, Magdalena Popławska, Andrzej Kłak, Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik, Dobromir Dymecki and Monika Frajczyk is currently streaming on Netflix. Written by Jakub Piątek and Łukasz Czapski, Piątek has directed the Polish drama thriller. The duration of the film is 1 hour 32 minutes.
Netflix’s Prime Time’s official synopsis reads – “On New Year’s Eve 1999, an armed man enters a TV studio during a broadcast, takes the host hostage and makes one demand: to give a message live on air.” The film was screened at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
The film starts with everyone in the world enjoying their last day of the year 1999 and the entire millennium. 2000 is just a few hours away, and people of every age are full of excitement. Kids are enjoying the snow, and rich people are preparing for their New Year party. A snobbish game TV host Mira Kryle (Magdalena Poplawska), has just started talking to the final prize winner of her show. However, the entire shoot is interrupted by a boy named Sebastian (Bartosz Bielenia).
Sebastian is armed and forcefully enters the TV studio. Everyone from the team manages to escape except for Mira and a staff member Ochroniarz (Andrzej Kłak). The producer suddenly takes the show off-air and calls the cops for help. Sebastian is furious and wants to go on air as he threatens both the hostages inside the studio.
In the Polish thriller Prime Time, several people try to negotiate with Sebastian to rescue the hostages and surrender. From the cops to his father, everyone speaks to him through the microphone. But he gets more aggressive when things don’t go his way. For more than an hour, we wait for him to reveal the reason for carrying out this dramatic and threatening act. But guess what we get in return? Disappointment. He seems like a rebel with no cause.
When all this drama is happening inside the TV studio, other channels air speeches by world leaders about welcoming 2000. Everyone outside is full of hope and cheer to welcome the New Year without having any idea about what’s happening inside a TV studio.
The good point I’d like to mention in my Prime Time review is the acting. Bartosz Bielenia transforms from a scared boy to a threatening captive with much ease. You are curious to know Sebastian’s story and why he has taken such a huge risk that could cost him his or other people’s lives. As we know nothing about him, you are invested in the story. Sadly, we know nothing about him till the end either. Unfortunately, Bartosz performance is not enough to like the film.
Prime Time Review: Is it worth watching?
Overall, Netflix’s Polish thriller isn’t thrilling at all. It’s a weak story with nothing solid to offer. It’s better to skip because you will have more questions without getting any answers.
Prime Time is currently streaming on Netflix.