By Twisted Tori
I recently had the privilege of checking out the new 8 episode Hulu Series, NO MAN'S LAND. This war thriller series was directed by Oded Ruskin with help from writer creators Amit Cohen, Ron Leshem, Eitan Mansuri, and Maria Feldman. There are a lot of layers and story development with NO MAN'S LAND, but the general plotline centers around a grieving family as they deal with the death of their daughter after a suicide bombing. Her brother suspects she’s alive after catching a glimpse of her on a news report and heads off to the Middle East in hopes to find her.
I’m not a huge fan of war movies, although there are some I really enjoy and most of them have a thrilling and captivating story and that’s why I wanted to check out this Hulu series. It wasn’t just about war, but everything that centers around war including the pain both mental and physical, the grievance, the unknown, the endless death, and so on. It was a heart-wrenching and powerful story, with strong performances, and a hauntingly memorable premise.
Every single performance throughout the series was phenomenal. The story was told with careful attention to detail with messy, realistic, and familiar characters with raw, honest flaws. However, some of my favorite characters and stand out performances were played by Félix Moati, James Krishna Floyd, Mélanie Thierry, Souheila Yacoub, Julia Faure. I felt they carried the show and always captivated the screen with their presence especially, Félix Moati and James Krishna Floyd, who both gave emotionally driven performances that were unnerving and will rattle you to your core. I also really enjoyed some of the scenes with the younger actors, they helped round out the story and bring together a unique and interesting story.
Beyond this, the cinematography and imagery were hauntingly perfect. Everything about the tone and atmosphere for NO MAN'S LAND felt uncomfortable and forbidden with just a hint of hope that could be taken away at any second. As to be expected from a war story, there’s a decent amount of blood and gore but nothing too over the top.
NO MAN'S LAND drops on HULU today, November 18th, so if you love stories about war and family, heart-wrenching thrillers, and a new series that will captivate you, I highly recommend checking this one out!