ZeroZeroZero, director Stefano Sollima’s take on the explosive book by Roberto Saviano, becomes available on Amazon Prime US this Friday, March 6. There are eight episodes coming our way and, if this series works like other Amazon Prime Originals, all episodes will drop at once.
So don’t expect to see me next weekend at all!
Initial reviews, from critics and users, have been uniformly positive, although most only address the first two episodes. However, American audiences know Stefano Sollima from his recent work, including the excellent Gomorrah and the nerve-wrackingly violent and potent Sicario: Day of the Soldado, so we have some idea of the treat he has in store for us. And with a colossal international cast including Andrea Riseborough, Harold Torres, Tchéky Karyo, and Dane DeHaan, and shooting locations that span three continents, the treat looks more and more enticing.
Not content to rehash the old stories about the drug trade, and using Saviano’s book as the template, this series takes a hard look at the global business of buying and selling illegal substances, the families and cartels involved, and the methods used to launder the money and clean up the process so that everyone can benefit. Except not everyone makes it out alive, of course. As another series of which I am fond notes, quoting Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: “These violent delights have violent ends.”
The IMDB synopsis is startlingly brief:
A shipment of cocaine is smuggled from South America to Europe.
Well! We will see the beginning of this journey on Friday.
Finally, I have a bad feeling about this, but there is no way to be sure, so let’s watch and see what happens.