Behind Her Eyes
IMDb rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 56%
This six-episode drama thriller is based on the book of the same name, so if you’ve read that you’ll have an idea of what you’re in for; but, the explanations for both, even when laid out in simple words of two syllables or fewer, will still mess with your mind.
While billed as a thriller, this massive plot twist in the last two episodes, which affects all the episodes that preceded them, sends Behind Her Eyes into the realm of supernatural – which is completely unexpected. The miniseries looks, at first, like a fairly run-of-the-mill drama in which Louise (Simona Brown) meets a man called David (Tom Bateman, a Scotty hottie) in a bar, almost goes home with him, then turns up at work the next day to discover that he is her new boss – and a psychiatrist to boot.
Awkward, much? Wait. Shortly thereafter, they do in fact get physical, plus Louise “accidentally” bumps into David’s wife Adele (Eve Hewson, the most exquisite actress on Netflix since Anya Taylor-Joy) and they become friends – which they keep a secret from David, in a textbook love triangle. As to be expected, this is complicated).
As we learn more about Adele’s past, things go in a very different direction and this has divided the critics. It’s a clear cut love-it or hate-it scenario, and not only for its ending.
“Pacing is crucial in a thriller and Behind Her Eyes often succumbs to yawning lulls. Conversations run in circles and the same scenarios disclose the same truths again and again,” says The Independent. The esteemed Roger Ebert.com, on the other hand, says “About midway through Behind Her Eyes, the show you thought you were watching becomes something else entirely—and if you’re willing to follow those twists, a deliciously bonkers finale awaits you. Admittedly, this ending won’t work for everyone: It requires a thorough suspension of disbelief at an entirely different register than what this genre normally requires,” which is good, balanced reporting.
Rolling Stone puts it all in the headline: “After an engaging start, Netflix’s new erotic thriller self-destructs with a series of needlessly crazy twists.”
From Mashable we hear “Behind Her Eyes is a highly polished mini-series, well shot by director Erik Richter Strand and brilliantly written by Steve Lightfoot and Angela LaManna. The performances are excellent throughout; Bateman is suitably brooding as David, while The Night Manager’s Brown nails her main role as Louise. Hewson, meanwhile, is genuinely unnerving as David’s mysterious wife Adele, while Robert Aramayo has the perfect supporting role as her old friend Rob, a troubled addict that we meet via flashbacks (and whose role in the mystery becomes clearer as the show progresses).”