New to SoHo in March

SoHo will premiere a Robert Harris adaptation that The Guardian dubbed “a nail-biting, number-crunching, big-money mystery” on March 15.

The Fear Index (8.30 Tuesdays) stars Josh Hartnett as Dr Alexander Hoffman, a scientist-turned-Wall Street tycoon who becomes the target of a plot to destroy the world’s financial markets.

Directed by David Caffrey (Peaky Blinders, The Alienist), it co-stars Line of Duty‘s Arsher Ali as Alex’s best friend and business partner and Leila Farzad (I Hate Suzie) as Alex’s wife.

“It’s solid, satisfying stuff,” The Guardian said. “And it is given a remarkable lift by Hartnett, who invests Hoffman with a palpable, credible and increasingly corrosive fearfulness from the off.”

The Financial Times thought the four-part thriller, which went to air on Sky Atlantic a month ago, “a dizzying rush” but The Telegraph declared it had “all the urgency of a hedgehog pottering across your lawn“.

New Scientist praised the series for exploring “the ethical and moral issues wrapped up in applying AI to business” and said it “asks some pertinent questions about the morality of using scientific advances for the sole purpose of making money …

The Fear Index takes us not only into the mind of a man in a mental health crisis, but also provides a glimpse into a world where billions are made and spent in seconds, and where whole economies can be derailed by the timely use of a mathematical equation …

“With a screenplay filled with overly melodramatic exchanges and jarring technical jargon, the series often feels confusing and needlessly meandering. Still, Hartnett delivers a phenomenal turn and is the best thing about this flawed, yet highly watchable, mystery.”

The Fear Index will be double-billed with Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, which premieres Sunday in the US and will stream on Neon from Tuesday.

Early reviews have been positive. Decider called it “a slam dunk, delivering a fun, glitzy origin story of an iconic NBA dynasty” and The Hollywood Reporter thought it “an entertaining, if familiar depiction of complicated masculine genius” and “an endearingly wonky examination of a pivotal moment in hoops history”.

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One Response to “New to SoHo in March”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    March 8, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Is anyone showing The Ipcress File mini-series locally ?

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