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True Detective

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2019X-Ray15
Season 3 of the hit series stars Mahershala Ali (Best Supporting Actor Oscar(R) for “Moonlight”) as a retired detective who has been tormented for 35 years by a case involving the disappearance of a 12-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister.
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Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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  1. 1. The Great War and Modern Memory
    13 January 2019
    59min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Season Three Premiere. Retired detective Wayne Hays revisits key moments from a haunting murder/kidnapping case that he and his partner Roland West investigated 35 years earlier in a rural Arkansas town.
  2. 2. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
    13 January 2019
    58min
    15
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    As Hays looks back at the aftermath of the 1980 Purcell case in West Finger, AR, including possible evidence left behind at the Devil's Den, two suspects emerge.
  3. 3. The Big Never
    20 January 2019
    55min
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    Hays recalls his early romance with Amelia, as well as some cracks in their relationship that surfaced after they married and had children. Ten years after the Purcell crimes took place, new evidence emerges, giving Hays a second chance at vindication.
  4. 4. The Hour and the Day
    27 January 2019
    1 h 6 min
    15
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    Hays and West see a possible connection between the local church and the Purcell crimes. As the detectives search for one suspect and round up another one for interrogation, Woodard finds himself targeted by a vigilante group.
  5. 5. If You Have Ghosts
    1 February 2019
    59min
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    Wayne finds himself in a no-win situation as new clues emerge. Roland wrestles with how to keep evidence secure as lawyers demand a new investigation. Amelia finds her relationship with Wayne imperiled by her writing aspirations and his jealousy.
  6. 6. Hunters in the Dark
    10 February 2019
    58min
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    Wayne and Roland revisit discrepancies in the Purcell case that have been hidden or forgotten over the years. Among those being reevaluated is Tom Purcell, as well as Lucy Purcell's cousin Dan O'Brien.
  7. 7. The Final Country
    17 February 2019
    57min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    Following up on new leads, Wayne and Roland track down a man who left the police force in the midst of the Purcell investigation. Amelia visits Lucy Purcell's best friend in hopes of gaining insights into the whereabouts of the mysterious one-eyed man.
  8. 8. Now Am Found
    24 February 2019
    1 h 15 min
    15
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    Season Three Finale. Wayne struggles to hold on to his memories, and his grip on reality, as the truth behind the Purcell case is finally revealed.
  9. 9. True Detective: Season 3 Trailer
    1 March 2018
    2min
    15
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    An intriguing preview of Season 3 of the acclaimed series 'True Detective.'
  10. 11. True Detective: Season 3 Character: Roland
    25 February 2019
    2min
    15
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    An inside look at Roland West (Stephen Dorff) from Season 3 of 'True Detective.'
  11. 12. True Detective: Season 3 Character: Wayne
    25 February 2019
    2min
    15
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    An inside look at Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) from Season 3 of 'True Detective.'
  12. 13. True Detective: Season 3 Character: Amelia
    25 February 2019
    2min
    15
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    An inside look at Amelia Reardon (Carmen Ejogo) from Season 3 of 'True Detective.'
  13. 14. True Detective: Season 3 Character: Lucy
    25 February 2019
    1min
    15
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    An inside look at Lucy Purcell (Mamie Gummer) from Season 3 of 'True Detective.'
  14. 15. True Detective: Season 3 Character: Tom
    25 February 2019
    1min
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    An inside look at Tom Purcell (Scoot McNairy) from Season 3 of 'True Detective.'
  15. 16. New to True: Lead Detective
    25 February 2019
    1min
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    A featurette from Season 3 of 'True Detective.'
  16. 17. New to True: Ozarks
    25 February 2019
    1min
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    A featurette from Season 3 of 'True Detective.'
  17. 18. New to True: Time
    25 February 2019
    1min
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    A featurette from Season 3 of 'True Detective.'

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4.5 out of 5 stars

688 global ratings

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  2. 21% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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E. KellyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 September 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
REALLY ENTHRALLING & ABSORBING STUFF WITH GREAT ACTING
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I thought season one was great and season two ( with Colin Farell ) was utter garbage, but we are back to something really excellent again with season three. The acting is superb, with narrative and dialogue that really made me hang on to every word. Mahershala Ali is so convincing as detective Wayne Hays that he draws you in to the story like only a great actor can. The story is based both in 1980 ( where the horrendous incident had originally occurred ) and the present, where the crime that was never convincingly solved continues to haunt him such that he cannot let it go until his conscience is fully satisfied that it has been properly concluded. The 1980's scenes are absolutely spot-on, even down to the backwardness of the political incorrectness that prevailed back then. The eight episodes ( 467 minutes ) unravel at the same articulated pace as they would if you were reading a book. There are no idiotically banal fantasy-macho-man scenes, just maturely competent acting, a really good story to follow, and wall-to-wall intrigue that engaged me until the very end. Excellent, really excellent, stuff.

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Micheal ElkingtonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 September 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A lost child is a story that is never allowed to end.
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By common consent Season 2 of True Detective was something of a car crash compared to the seminal heights achieved by Season 1. Now we come to Season 3 and it's a pleasure to confirm that the standards set by Season 1 have easily been equalled and to some extent surpassed due in no small part to a towering performance by Mahershala Ali as Wayne "Purple" Hays an ex Vietnam war veteran tracker who is now a Detective with the Arkansas State Police along with his partner Roland West portrayed by Stephen Dorff.
The story is set in three timelines - 1980 when the original crime concerning two young children who go missing occurs then 1990 when the investigation is re-opened following new evidence coming to light and finally 2015 when Hays by now suffering from sporadic memory loss and hallucinations is consulted with a view to participating in a "true crime" TV documentary about both the 1980 and 1990 investigations.
The action moves seamlessly through the various timelines and one is never left in any doubt as to which is which thanks to the locations in a number of towns and cities of Arkansas that are utilised together with high production values generally. All the actors perform at the peak of their powers and even the minor supporting parts command one's attention throughout.
To avoid spoiling other viewers enjoyment I will refrain from detailing the intrincicases of the plot - suffice it to say that the story and it's ramifications for all involved is entirely credible whilst at the same time casting a light upon social attitudes both as to crimes and people's reactions to them which were prevalent at the time up to the present day.
All in all Series 3 is highly recommended viewing and I have no doubt will bear repeated viewings in the future.
Extras : Designing The Decades / Music Of Season 3 / Finale Extended Cut / Deleted Scenes.
Audio : English / French / Latin Spanish / Castilian Spanish / German and Italian.
Subtitles : English SDH / French / Latin Spanish / Castilian Spanish / German / Italian SDH / Danish / Dutch / Finnish / Norwegian and Swedish.
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ReaperReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 September 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Hugely disappointing...
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After the sheer genius of Season 1, future 'True Detective' were always going to be heavily laden with expectation. While many found Season 2 a huge disappointment, I personally found its maximum darkness, elliptical plotting, fine acting, stunning drone landscape camerawork and refusal to pander to audience expectation echilarating.

...and let's face it, Season 1 really hit home due to the borrowed and pleasingly under-explained motifs of 'The Yellow King' and 'Carcosa' from the writings of Chambers' "The King In Yellow" short story collection.

This time, despite the initial sophistication of the 3 tier time-set and fine perfomances from Dorff in particular, this is a story which doesn't meet its early promise. The denouement seemed trite and overly-neat, the mumbled dialogue of the focus character is highly irritating and the theme song by T Bone Burnett a big letdown too.

Some will find this a curate's egg. Personally, I was glad to see it over with - and a n eight episode series that outstays its welcome is uncommon with me. I think I'll go back to the Italians for now, who with series like 'Gomorra' and 'Suburra' are really hitting the mark.
16 people found this helpful
MrCarlsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Top shelf in every way
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Mahershela Ali gives a masterclass on acting, playing the same character in 3 very different stages of his life. These 8 episodes are best watched in as few sittings as possible, as the show mirrors a novel approach to storytelling. The mystery itself seems to be less exoteric this time around, but the character work more than makes up for it, in every way. The supporting cast is great, but this is an Ali showcase in every way. Glad this show still comes out on Blu-ray, while other HBO shows only get the DVD treatment. Image and sound are great, and there are a few nice extras. Three short documentaries, a selection of nice deleted scenes, that are a nice add to the episodes, as well as an extended version of the season finale. Highest recommendation.
7 people found this helpful
Djilly L.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolute must see
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We have been fans of the series since the first season. However curiously enough and contrary to popular opinion we liked the second season more than the first. Season 1 had an extremely strong start but eventually got too much drawn out into a bungled and underwhelming end. The second season though not benefitting from iconic characters and cast of actors, was the reverse; starting slow and ending with a lot of excitement.
We’ve now began to watch this third series. And I ‘m glad we did. It has a very strong, atmospheric start in an obscure part of Arkansas. The characters are intense and curious. With the series‘ colours, tones and mournful soundtrack all adding to the ‘noir’.
Mahershala Ali does an effective job as an ex Vietnam tracker whose life is phenomenally depicted in three stages each separated by a decade.

Again there is a dramatic unresolved mystery that rapidly builds and that stretches over decades. There is a range of suspicious characters. And, somewhat to my surprise, there seem to be some tie back to the first series, which perhaps leads into an overacting story across seasons, very interesting.

We bought this series on Prime.It has excellent picture quality and a great score. It’s very immersive to watch on a proper screen with the right sound set up.

Great season again; it simply worth seeing this very compelling story. It pulls you in straight away.
5 people found this helpful
Philip G. BrownReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 September 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good with one big flaw
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I thought this was actually the best of the three series. But it was ruined by the interminable, tedious, repetitious and downright boring interchanges between the detective and his wife/girlfriend. Cut three-quarters of these exchanges out and you would have a slimmed down, fit for purpose six episodes.

I did object to one other piece of this series. They killed two innocent men and made another one commit suicide and no one was overly bothered. Not a good advertisement for the American justice system, or maybe it's the reality these days?

The HOH subtitles are good, though the menu system on the DVD isn't.
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Tee Double You Bee EsqReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 May 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Poorest instalment yet...
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While the acting ability of Ali, Dorff & Ejogo is undisputed, the story telling and finale was a huge let down. The general tone was quite flat with lack lustre set pieces and strangely, thinly-drawn characters. Whilst initially intriguing, the show quickly loses its allure and didn't have me gripped to the end like the previous two instalments. The denouement was fumbled in a way that felt like an afterthought, wrapping up like an episode of Murder She Wrote and essentially spoiling what had been built beforehand. Maybe the futility of it all was the point but it felt rushed and contrived yet strangely interminable as the ending drags on and on. Here's hoping for a return to form in season 4.
MattReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 April 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent
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*Contains minor spoilers.* The third season of True Detective really is very good indeed. The pace might be a bit slow for some (think The Wire) but stick with it, because it doesn't disappoint. The first thing that hit me was the Hans Zimmer-esque score which builds up the tension and doesn't let up. The cast are universally excellent playing some quite complex characters and I really found myself investing in them. The series deals with issues such as trauma, memory loss, racism, guilt and so the tone is often bleak. It's not always an easy watch but it is a very good one.
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