What price would you put on your freedom is the premise for this psychological thriller now streaming on Apple TV+ and if you haven’t heard of it yet there’s a good chance you will come award season as this mini-series is sure to win everything.
Taron Edgerton stars as a high school football hero and decorated policeman’s son turned mobster that is sentenced to 10 years in prison.
That is until he is offered a lifeline by the FBI. His freedom in exchange for entering a maximum-security prison for the criminally insane and befriending suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser) to elicit a confession.
The story is based on a true story and adapted from a book called “In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer and A Dangerous Bargain for Redemption” which was written by the real-life James Keene who Edgerton portrays across the 6-episode limited series.
Edgerton’s performance as James “Jimmy” Keene will keep you glued to your television, while the magnificent Paul Walter Hauser as serial killer Larry Hall will have you frightened beyond belief.
Both actors deserve huge praise for a true masterpiece of performance.
The series also stars the late Ray Liotta as Jimmy’s father. Sadly he passed away before the release of the show and you’ll note that the third episode of the series is dedicated to his memory. Ray’s daughter Karsen Liotta plays a part in episode 5 “The Place I Lie” which is another fitting tribute.
As this will be one of Liotta’s final performances it’s a wonderful reminder of what a powerful actor he was as his screen presence is unmistakable.
“Black Bird” is streaming now on Apple TV+
The book “In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer and A Dangerous Bargain for Redemption” is available on AMAZON here