VOD REVIEW: BOSCH / CERT: 15 / DIRECTOR: VARIOUS / SCREENPLAY: VARIOUS / STARRING: TITUS WELLIVER, JAMIE HECTOR, AMY AQUINO, LANCE REDDICK / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW
Michael Connelly’s highly successful Harry Bosch novels have been brought to life for Amazon Prime streaming. With Connelly very much hands-on with the project, there’s no doubt it’s his baby, and what a good looking baby it is!
Written and produced by Connelly, with some help from Eric Overmyer (co-creator, writer and co-producer) and T.L. Lankford (producer and writer), who all flex their respective talents, along with directors Ernest A. Dickerson, Kevin Dowling and Alex Zakrzewski, who collectively have breathed life into this refreshing detective series.
Connelly’s books, Echo Park and City of Bones, form the basis of the story, as L.A.P.D. homicide detective Harry Bosch has his hands full with investigating the death of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court for the murder of a serial killer.
And you thought you had bad days!
Titus (Lost) Welliver is exceptional as Bosch, who lives in the hills overlooking the seedy, dark, underbelly of Los Angeles while he solaces with his affinity listening to his jazz collection. He’s the perfect choice to play the character, fleshing the part out with the right amount of vulnerability, gestures, dialogue delivery and facial expressions. Watching the wheels turn in his mind as he puts the pieces of the murderer’s puzzle together is a delight. It’s a role he was born to play. The supporting cast are equally outstanding, and it’s almost as if they walked right out of the books.
The sharp, crisp writing moves the show ahead at full speed, which, along with the dynamic cinematography of Los Angeles make this a show to watch over and over.
An instant classic.