Walter is a high school chemistry teacher who takes extraordinary steps to secure the future of his family after finding out he has lung cancer. Teaming up with an ex-student, Jesse, the two brew up some of the highest quality crystal meth ever seen.
Bryan Cranston (Walter), Anna Gunn (Skyler), Aaron Paul (Jesse), Dean Norris (Hank), Betsy Brandt (Marie), RJ Mitte (Jr.), Bob Odenkirk (Saul), Giancarlo Esposito (Gus), Jonathan Banks (Mike), Matt Jones (Badger).
Breaking Bad starts off by jumping right into the story. As the series starts to unfold time is rewound and we learn what brought Walter to the point he was at in the first episode. When Walter and Jesse join forces and begin cooking meth things get really interesting with suspense, double-crosses, drama, humor, you name it. Maturity joins the series as both the plot and the characters develop with the story taking a much more solid feel in Seasons 2 and 3. Though a bit dry at times the episodes move along well and aren’t so interdependent you will be lost if you miss one, though things may get a little confusing.
Acting in the series was a bit rough at the beginning but smoothed out nicely as the cast apparently got to know one another. Cranston was an interesting choice for his role but nicely made it his own. Paul did exceptionally well and felt surprisingly authentic. Gunn took a bit of getting used to but also matured well in the series. The remainder of the supporting cast does pretty well, lending a good solid feel to the series.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds also grew during the series and went from cheap feeling to nicely done by the end of season 3. Effects were physical and well done with plenty of blood, some car crashes, and good physical stunts. Dialogue was good with depth and an honest feel. Sound and soundtrack were mild but fitting.
Overall Breaking Bad is an interesting series with an unusual take from several perspectives. The series does a nice job of pushing ethical and moral barriers constantly and bringing us slowly into the fullness that is Walt’s convoluted life. Fans of gritty, real-life dramas will likely enjoy this the most.
With nudity, foul language, persistent drug use, violence, and gore save this for the oldest teens and above.
Breaking Bad is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Official series site.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
copyright ©2012 Dave Riedel
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