Amazon Prime Original Homecoming Review: Julia Roberts starrer series is today’s Manchurian Candidate

05 . Nov . 2018
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  • Julia Roberts stuns in Homecoming
  • Homecoming is a haunting, gripping mystery

Julia Roberts comes to streaming with the Amazon Prime Original Homecoming. The much-publicized web series is now streaming on Amazon Prime. Along with Julia Roberts, the web series stars Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, Shea Whigham, Alex Karpovsky and Sissy Spacek. Here’s our complete review of Homecoming.

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Conspiracy theory series are hard to come by, and good conspiracy theories are rare. Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg create one of the most intriguing ones with Homecoming. The series starts with Roberts playing Heidi Bergman, an ex-employee of Homecoming, a Geist Group initiative that’s working towards treating soldiers with PTSD. When a niggling, questioning Thomas Carrasso (Shea Whigham) contacts her in connection with a complaint from the now defunct program, Heidi begins unravelling everything that happened in the mysterious facility.

 What’s Wow: Julia Roberts is stunning as the main character, and the audience instantly connects with her.  As Heidi begin opening the haunting mystery, the audience will simultaneously be sympathetic with her and in awe of what her character does. Bobby Cannavale plays his disgusting character with the right ticks. Stephan James, the damsel-in-distress in this one, gives a restrained performance. But the one who really shines through it all is Shea Whigman. Fans will remember him as Michael Stasiak, who gets punched by Brian O’Connor in the Fast and Furious series.

The screenplay is tight – as tight as they come. There are no long dialogues, no unneeded story arcs. The cut and dry aspect of the series adds to the jaw-dropping ride that the audience is in for. Sam Esmail’s direction is smart and makes it perfect for binge-watching. Part of what makes the series successful is the blatant, simple storyline at the core of it – which unfurls only with the right number of twists and turns. This is what makes even the casual crime-buff sit through it all. The laser fast screenplay makes four episodes seem as one and the entire series a mid-range Hollywood film.

Homecoming does a lot of things in the little space that it gets as a web series. It creates a female protagonist – more powerful than any you have ever seen, a haunting, evil conglomerate that can live through decades of sequels, spinoffs and reboots and tells an emotional, heart wrenching story.

What’s Blah: Nothing.

Parting Shot: Homecoming works well as a haunting mystery.

Cast and Crew

Cast: Julia Roberts, Shea Whigham, Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, Sissy Spacek

Created by: Eli Horowitz, Micah Bloomberg

Directed by: Sam Esmail