Kaleidoscope is an eight-part Netflix crime drama created by Eric Garcia. It has the unique ability for the episodes to be watched out of order, but for the purpose of this review, I will try to relay info without giving away spoilers.
Ray Vernon (Giancarlo Esposito) is a career criminal planning the ultimate heist against his former partner Roger Salas (Rufus Sewell) who now operates a security firm with a bank vault. He gathers his old friend Ava (Paz Vega), former cellmate Stan Loomis (Peter Mark Kendall), and ally RJ Acosta (Jordan Mendoza). They also recruit hostile safecracker Bob Goodwin (Jai Courtney) and his wife Judy (Rosaline Elbay), Stan’s ex-girlfriend. With FBI Agent Nazan Abbasi (Niousha Noor) on their trail, they have to rely on Ray’s daughter Hannah Kim (Tati Gabrielle) as an insider to pull it off.
As heist thrillers go, it was pretty good. They had a solid plot, a good grasp of the character’s background, compelling protagonists, and a lot of undertones that come together very well. I also that the cast was excellent. With a story featuring so many characters, they could have been lost in the shuffle, but the actors did a good job of making them stand out on their own.
The nonlinear story formation was not too interesting. It did not hinder the story, but it also did not enhance it, in my opinion. I would have enjoyed it just as much if it had gone forward normally as opposed to disjointed.
That being said, I still enjoyed the show a great deal and was definitely intrigued by the plot as well as the motivations of the characters involved.
Check out the trailer below:
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Minor sexual content, Strong foul language
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