It has been a long time since I saw some good thriller content. Thanks to Netflix, a new Spanish series called The Innocent dropped on Friday. Directed by Oriol Paulo, it is based on Harlan Coben’s novel of the same name. The limited series stars Mario Casas, Alexandra Jiménez, Juana Acosta, Aura Garrido, Ana Wagener, Santi Pons, and Miki Esparbé.
The Innocent has 8 episodes, each of at least an hour. The story is based on two main characters Mateo Vidal (Mario Casas) and Lorena Ortiz (Alexandra Jiménez). The supporting characters, namely María Luján (Juana Acosta) and Olivia Costa (Aura Garrido), add a great deal to the plot of the crime thriller.
Let me summarise the plot for you. Mateo is in a bar with his brother, where he locks eyes with a beautiful girl. However, the night ends on a tragic note when Mat indulges in a fight with a stranger named Dani (Eudald Font) and ends up killing him. As a result, Mat has to serve 4 years in prison. When he comes out, he meets Olivia (Eudald Font), and they fall in love and get married.
For 8 years, Mat and Olivia live a happy married life with no trouble. However, he secretly meets Dani’s mother, Sonia (Ana Wagener), who addresses and makes him act like Dani. Olivia tells Mat that she’s pregnant, and as a viewer, you feel like their life will be blissful. However, tragedy knocks on his doorstep when Olivia goes to Berlin for some work, and Mat receives a bizarre phone call and pictures.
The first episode of The Innocent is all about Mateo Vidal. We get a gist of his life and how it comes crashing down in a few second. The second episode is all about detective Lorena Ortiz (Alexandra Jiménez) and her tragic childhood. After Lorena’s father’s death, her mother abandons her, and she grows up at an orphanage. Ortiz makes sacrifices to be such a trustworthy and powerful detective today.
While watching the second episode, you think it’s a completely different show. But at the end of the episode, Oriol takes you by surprise. He finally finds a significant plot to intertwin Lorena and Mateo’s life. But that’s not the end of the mysteries. From the third episode till the end, there are only twists and gasping moments. Every pivotal character has a secret, and it is revealed at the time you least expect it. It is all about finding who’s the innocent among all the characters in the series who have their own dirty past and secrets.
The Innocent kept me hooked from the first episode till the end. I was so involved in figuring out what’s happening and who’s really who; 8 hours slipped by easily. The twisted, gripping and astonishing plot, excellent performance and non-linear narration make it a poignant thriller to binge on.
Sometimes, lots of twists and different timelines have the potential to mess up a story. But one can see that a lot of precision and careful execution went behind bringing the characters and show alive. A heads up to those planning to watch it with their families – it has lots of violence, sexual abuse and graphic scenes.
The Innocent: Is it worth it?
Overall, The Innocent series should be on your weekend binge-watch list. You are in for engrossing stories, some gruesome characters and solid writing.
The Innocent is currently streaming on Netflix.
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