fool’s game between memory and truth

After falling off a ferry, a woman wakes up with amnesia. Did she jump? Did we push her? Helped by a surprisingly concerned cop, she leads the investigation. An effective thriller, solidly embodied, but too applied to fascinate.

A growing share of the many series available today demonstrate a mastery of serialized writing, its narrative tools, its aesthetic codes. But if unworthy series are becoming rarer, so are masterpieces capable of surprising. Surface, launched Friday July 29 on Apple TV+, offers a perfect example of the kind of product that is impeccable, entertaining… but which leaves almost indifferent as it is content to align the twists, the beautiful shots and the pieces of bravery served up by a conscientious distribution. This thriller stars Sophie Ellis (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Loki, The Morning Show), amnesiac after falling from the deck of a ferry. Her husband, a wealthy trader in San Francisco (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, The Haunting of Hill House), pampering her, she feels that something is wrong. Was she a victim of domestic violence? Why a Cop (Stephan James, If Beale Street Could Talk), who swears to be part of her previous life, does he follow her around town? Still confused, she tries to shed light on her past…

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