|Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson|
CBS new show this season Person Of Interest has perked my interest to check it out. I did and I will now give you my review. Here’s the synopsis –
“Mr. Finch (Michael Emmerson) is a mysterious billionaire that has developed a computer program that predicts the identity of people connected to violent crimes that will take place in the future. However, the program has its limitations; for example, it cannot predict whether the person will be a victim, perpetrator, or witness, nor can it predict when or where the crime will take place. Unable to stop the crimes on his own, Finch hires John Reese (Jim Caviezel), a former CIA officer who is presumed dead, to help stop the crimes from taking place.”
In the first episode, without getting too much into spoilers, we find out that Mr. Finch’s computer program was originally designed post 9/11 to scan pretty much all communications to detect terrorist activities. The program was so good at detecting malicious activity it discovered everything, but the government was only interested in terrorist acts threatening national security and the rest was deemed “irrelevant data”. So all the information on the domestic murders and crimes were discarded. Mr. Finch having a conscious built a backdoor into the system so he can get that list every night before it’s deleted. The downside is that the list only contains social security numbers and no information if the people are victims or perpetrators. You also find out that Mr. Finch is presumed dead to the rest of the world as well and he has many more secrets that he leads on.
Michael Emerson is great as the mysterious Mr. Finch. If you every watched Lost then you will be very comfortable with his portrayal of Mr. Finch. His calm, dry demeanor give that eerie sense that he is not fully truthful and open has he appears to be and there might be more to him. Add on Mr. Finch’s physical impairments just adds to his character. Jim Caviezel breaks out of his ultimate type cast image of Jesus and gets into the bad ass ex-CIA John Reese. His character is military trained and is not afraid to take a punch or two. He does what he needs to do to get the job done. The duo works very well together especially when they are both presumed dead and are shadows.
The first two episodes have been great, there are still some kinks to work out on linking the underlying plot points together, but if CBS can get the wrinkles out this is setup to be a fantastic mystery drama.
Binary Rating: 4/5
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