True Detective is an American television series on HBO created and written by Nic Pizzolatto. The first season directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga is made up of eight episodes starring Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, and Tory Kittles. (from Wikipedia)
The story takes place in different time periods. In 1995 two detectives Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rustin ” Rust” Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) from the CID unit of the Louisiana State Police are called to investigate the murder of a woman. The sheriff of the rural police has required their assistance given the special circumstances of the crime. The body of a naked woman has been found tied to a tree and with deer antlers on her head. It looks like a ritualistic murder. When it was discovered that the victim was a prostitute, the detectives initially concentrate their efforts in the world of street prostitution. But then pops up some connection with the disappearance of a young girl some years ago, which could confirm that this crime may have been committed by a serial killer.
As the investigation progresses, the viewer will get to know better the relationship between the two detectives. Hart, married and with two daughters, is a religious and conservative man well adapted to the lifestyle of rural people in Louisiana. Although he is also an unfaithful husband who can hardly control his sexuality. By contrast, Cohle who has recently arrived from Texas where he worked as an undercover cop, is a lonely and pessimistic man. And he’s marked by a depression caused by the death of his daughter. He thinks that human existence has no meaning and his beliefs collide with the local mentality. In any case, they both admire and respect professionally each other. Over the time, their personal relationship will move between a certain type of friendship until they completely distance from each other.
Simultaneously to the events that took place in 1995, in 2012 both, Hart and Cohle, have left their position in the police department and are being questioned separately by detectives Gilbough Maynard (Michael Potts) and Thomas Papania (Tory Kittles) in connection with a recent murder, that keeps many similarities with the old crimes.
In my view, this is an excellent series. The actors’ interpretation, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, is outstanding. The original screenplay by the novelist Nic Pizzolatto is very attractive. The film direction by Cary Fukunaga is highly accurate. The music is excellent. The story has a great sense of place and, among many other virtues, season one has a very satisfactory conclusion. Do not missed it. Just wonder what will come next. The rumour I heard is that it’ll be based on Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto.
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