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New Uma Thurman thriller Chambers: oh-so-good for your heart (Updated: NOT)

Written by Tashi from the blog Tashi's TV on 06 May 2019
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Updated on Sunday 19 May 2019:

My original review of this on 6 May changed substantially after I finished watching the full series.

This original review was written after watching two episodes. For a review of the full series, please see the reply underneath the article.
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I started watching Chambers on Netflix last night and I'm hooked! 

At first I thought it was gonna make me obsess about my heart, with intrusive thoughts of: what if it stops beating!?... but then that feeling disappeared and I got lost to the story.

This is the official description of it:

Sasha, a young heart attack survivor, becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life, in this psychological thriller starring by Uma Thurman (who also co-producers).

Haunted by eerie visions and sinister impulses after a heart transplant, Sasha tries to unmask the truth behind her donor's mysterious death.

However, the closer she gets to uncovering the truth about her donor's sudden death, the more she starts taking on the characteristics of the deceased - some of which are troublingly sinister.

 

Sasha, played by Sivan Alyra Rose.


Uma Thurman plays Nancy, the mother of Sasha's heart donor.
 
What's so cool is that it's essentially a supernatural high school thriller starring troubled teens but in Netflix style, which gives it the edge you want.

It also forces you to consider your heart and where the real You lies... is it your heart? Your mind? A combo of both?

It's excellently filmed, with evocative cinematography, imagery and colour palettes that create a disturbing mind-set where you feel you can't look away because you might have a heart attack if you do.

There's the ultimate in creepazoid too: a bloodshot, peeping Tom eye staring through a hole in the wall.

At the same time, it has a lightness that gives it a fun feel, expressed through the relationship of Sasha and her bestie Yvonne (played by Kyanna Simone Simpson).

It's perfectly set-up to keep me entertained every evening this week if the first two episodes are anything to go by. I watched the first two last night and I'm watching one eps a night this week 'til next Monday - there are 10 in total.

I lurve that feeling you get during the day when you know you have a fix to look forward to at night.

The trailer:

 

Channels in this post: Netflix, Netflix South Africa



1 Comment

Tashi
19 May 2019 15:50

Urgh!!... what a load of rubbish this is turned out to be!!

It started brilliantly, with such promise and then descended into a total mess with one of the worst endings out of ANY TV show EVER.

I'm cringing that I was taken in by the first episodes like I was.

I finished watching last night and it left me fuming because it was so pathetic I can't believe I wasted my life watching it.

Things started getting iffy from episode 4 and it would have been okay if it had ended by episode 6 - with a different ending! - but it just started going on and on, which sent it into a pit of nonsensical rubbish.

I kept thinking things would improve because I had faith that Netflix would fix it but I was W.R.O.N.G.

The sudden introduction of the supernatural "Lilith" at the end was so desperate and mad I can't believe they allowed it.

Obviously the writers were clutching at straws to set it up for a potential second season - which it should NEVER get.

Please save yourself the pain and hours of life by avoiding the show like the plague.


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