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"ZeroZeroZero," A Unique Crime Thriller Show with Impressive Execution

Ryan Beltran

Posted on May 11, 2021 06:52

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Created by Stefano Sollima, Leonardo Fasoli, and Mauricio Katz, Amazon Prime's "ZeroZeroZero" shows interesting depictions of the global drug trade from the various sides who take part in it.

The most recent television series that has caught my attention and approval is Amazon Prime’s ZeroZeroZero (2020). Based on a book with the same name by Roberto Saviano, the plot revolves around the underlying business dealings and political conflicts of the global drug trade. The show jumps to various countries: Mexico, Italy, America, Senegal, and Morocco.

While the show isn’t totally perfect in its execution, it has a unique style of storytelling that is admirable. Of note is the screenwriters' use of flashback scenes to help connect the various storylines to the central plot--a major drug shipment from Mexico to Italy.

The tensions consistently present in each episode and scene also add to the storylines and characters. Other factors like the exhilarating background score and well-shot cinematography give people more reasons to enjoy the eight episode series.

Especially the cinematography. The directors did an exceptional job visualizing the multiple locations featured in the series. Whether it was the vast spectacular views of the Calabria mountain ranges, the gritty urban communities of Monterrey, or the diverse environments of North Africa, the producers developed an amazing visual display compared to many other popular television series.

Character development isn’t particularly strong, but the main characters are well-portrayed by their specific actors and each character is guilty of questionable moral decisions and actions. In a sense, many of the lead roles are filled with certain mysteries behind their characters that aren't explained that well, but they still leave you with questions about why they take part in this corrupt and dangerous business.

The show can drag some, and the storytelling style can cause some viewers to be confused with its complexity. Regardless, the show nonetheless pulls you in with its ability to tell several sides of the main plot, including perspectives from the Mexican cartel, the Italian mafia, and a corrupt American business broker.

Overall, ZeroZeroZero is worth a watch, and while it might not be the best show ever, I think the series has a really unique style that is pleasant to experience.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on May 11, 2021 06:52

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