If I look at how things are now, Apple TV + is in the same position as Amazon Prime Video a few years ago. Since its official launch in late 2019, the young service has slowly rolled out some high-quality original programming – series like For All Mankind, The Morning Show, Dickinson, Ted Lasso, and Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet (the best new comedy series of 2020) have all come down Proven to be very popular with viewers.
However, they operate in the long shadows of Netflix, the now-established Amazon, and Disney + (which launched at the same time but are getting a lot of attention thanks to those sexy Marvel and Star Wars universes).
Something that might attract a few more eyeballs is the upcoming adventure drama series The Mosquito Coast. Created by Neil Cross, the man behind the great BBC crime series Luther, and directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), starring Justin Theroux (The Leftovers), Melissa George (Under Treatment) and Logan Polish (The Astronaut Farmer) and Gabriel Bateman (Unhinged) as a family on the run from a problem that is difficult for them to solve.
The series is based on the novel of the same name by the author Paul Theroux from 1981, which was converted into a 1986 feature film with Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren. And in case you’re wondering, Justin Theroux is Paul Theroux’s nephew.
The summary of the show is as follows:
The Mosquito Coast is a gripping adventure after the dangerous journey of a radical idealist and brilliant inventor, Allie Fox (Justin Theroux), who uproots his family for Mexico in search of a safe haven.
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This looks like a tense and compelling drama / thriller, and I also liked the family dynamics – even in this short teaser that felt real and caring. The performances look great and I’m really excited to see what that problem is and how they solve it.
What do you think? The seven episode first season of the Mosquito Coast premieres on April 30th on Apple TV +.
Last updated: February 22, 2021