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review of the Australian series “Tourist”

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The stranger leaves the chase in the desert. After a while, he gets into an accident, after which he finds himself in the hospital and does not remember anything. With the help of a local police officer (Daniel MacDonald), he tries to restore the chain of events and find out who specifically announced the hunt for him.

In the six-hour “Tourist”, the creators do not even try to reinvent the formula of the usual thriller about revenge – instead focus on human factors and ironic narrative, from which it will be really difficult to break away. Released earlier this year, the series was created jointly by the BBC and the HBO Max streaming service. He can remind the viewer of “Fargo” and “Just Blood” by the Cohen brothers, plays by Irish classic Martin McDonagh and even “Mad Max” from “Remember” Nolan, to which the director managed to convey a metallic greeting.

Shalom Brun-Franklin in the frame of the movie “Tourist”

Shalom Brun-Franklin in the frame of the movie

Shalom Brun-Franklin in the frame of the movie “Tourist”

Viewers will learn the name of the protagonist around the middle, when it becomes clear that the man has no common history behind him, his luggage, on the contrary, is very criminal: with blood, extortion, buried accomplices and mentally unstable drug lord as an employer. Australian black humor here gives battle to the British and even sometimes wins, the roads are dusty and fierce, natural hurricanes in the middle of the desert (a phenomenon common to that landscape) is very uninteresting to people and their domestic dismantling.
The protagonist comes to his senses with a piece of paper and an address somewhere in an even greater wilderness. Helen, a novice police officer, has to ask for help. Behind her simple-minded smiles and sincere enthusiasm hides an almost tragic fate, which includes intensive preparations for a wedding with an unloved person, diet and a sense of insolvency. Helen is eager to succeed in the detective field, so to establish the identity of a mysterious patient with amnesia for her becomes a matter of paramount importance.

Jamie Dornan in the frame of the movie “Tourist”

Jamie Dornan in the frame of the movie

Jamie Dornan in the frame of the movie “Tourist”

In the future, Helen’s script status will change from an ordinary law enforcement officer to a hostage of even greater circumstances and even acquire romantic tones, but running forward would be disrespectful to the audience, because “Tourist” is best tried in several ways (long forgotten sense of intrigue in cinema and on television).

Dornan and MacDonald are currently publishing some of their best work. The first to jump over himself in last year’s “Barb and Star” is unlikely to succeed, but the comparison with the same series “Fall” he can still stand: the image of a lost nomad for himself and others with a criminal background was convincing and, importantly, humorous. Australian MacDonald is incredibly touching, the feeling of isolation in the upcoming marriage and the desire to emancipate shows brilliantly. In the background is one of the main current Australian actors Damon Harriman (Charles Manson in Tarantino in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”), whose detective-inspector has his own plans for the lost character.

Jamie Dornan in the frame of the movie “Tourist”

Jamie Dornan in the frame of the movie

Jamie Dornan in the frame of the movie “Tourist”

A separate layer of “Tourist” is dedicated to the family: it turns out that they lose here not only the memory, but also relatives and their support in a variety of situations. The central character thinks that in his dreams he sees his mother (reality will be a shocking nightmare, cruel and recreated), threats to wives force some participants to betray, husbands blackmail and lose their hearing, brothers die and appear as ghosts. There is no one to trust in this post-apocalyptic oasis, all the more risky for yourself – you never know who you killed in a past life and what you did wrong to the sarcastic Creator.

The second half of the series appears less convincing than the first (many scattered endings and sudden esoterics flavored with psychotropic substances), but screenwriters Harry and Jack Williams, who worked on “Missing” and “Rubbish”, manage to bring the case to a logical conclusion and offer for evening bingo watching. “Tourist” has already been extended for the second season, so we will see this history of the disease if we wish (if we remember about it, of course).

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