When Lincoln Burrows is wrongly convicted of murder and sent to the Fox River State Penitentiary awaiting execution his brother Michael devises a plan to break him out.
Dominic Purcell (Lincoln), Wentworth Miller (Michael), Amaury Nolasco (Sucre), Robert Knepper (T-Bag), Sarah Callies (Sara), Wade Williams (Bellick), William Fichtner (Mahone), Paul Adelstein (Kellerman), Rockmond Dunbar (C-Note), Stacy Keach (Pope), Michael Rapaport (Self).
Prison Break is a bit confusing at the start before things are explained but once they are, the story is off and running. And so are the characters as they spend the next 4 seasons running, fighting, or chasing those who would initially put them back in jail and later use their talents for personal gain and power. Each episode contains a nice mix of mystery, suspense, action, and drama making for a very interesting series. As the seasons evolve the storyline grows more complicated, including the return of long gone supporting characters along with the introduction of new twists and turns.
Acting in Prison Break was quite good. Purcell fit the role of a simple thug thrust into thinking and relying on others to save his life. Miller was exceptional for his part, bringing an interesting consistency to the series. Nolasco was enjoyable and it was easy to see him mature as an actor in the series. Knepper was in-type and completely disturbing throughout. Callies, Williams, Fichtner and the remainder of the supporting cast did very well, contributing depth and emotion to the series consistently.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were well done with good quality and variety throughout. Stunt work was extensive and extremely well done with good attention to detail, providing nice support for the storyline. Dialogue was also good with nice detail adding depth to the characters and plot. Sound and soundtrack were both fitting.
As crime dramas go Prison Break is pretty good. Quality acting, technical work, and a good script keep this one moving along though by the time you hit the end of the series it becomes obvious it could go on forever. Fans of the crime drama genre will enjoy this the most while those squeamish about violence or gore may become disenchanted.
With persistent violence, gore, some foul language and mild sexuality, this should be fine for older teens and above.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: TV Shows, Crime TV Shows, TV Action & Adventure, TV Dramas, Crime TV Dramas
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