The Serpent review roundup: Crime-drama series based on Charles Sobhraj is ‘bad storytelling’

The BBC and Netflix crime drama short series The Serpent is the story of Charles Sobhraj and has received positive reviews from some critics. The series stars Tahar Rahim in the lead role.

It has scored 61 percentage points on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, where the critical consensus reads, “Tahar Rahim’s performance brings reptiles to snakebites, but this disparate piece of true crime is very inhumane in structure and its The central also tells about the villain’s motivations. To really get under the skin. “

The story is based on Charles Sobhraj, the notorious French serial killer of Vietnamese-Indian origin, who killed at least 12 people on the so-called hippie trail in Southeast Asia in the 1970s. Mauritian star Tahar Rahim plays Sobhraj. Others, including Jenna Coleman, Billy Howell, Ellie Bumber, also act.

Brian Talerico of RogerEbert.com wrote of The Serpent, “The people behind this eight-episode tower about a serial killer never really knew how to tell this story, and the meaning was a Continued chronologically by continuous crosscraft, which only reflects the tone of the piece. Speed.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Dan Feinberg believed that, “The Serpent is a finished tale of how yarns can be the most naturally entertaining for poor story choices, bad accents, and an opaque central performance.”

Melanie McFarland of Salon.com wrote, “After a point, the rift and murder end in shock and one might wonder what really drives a person like Sobhraj. Her extremity is melody, but the words describing her soul do not appear anywhere in the script. “

Serpent is streaming on Netflix.

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