BLACK MAPS AND MOTEL ROOMS is a sight strange : great moments alternate with passages that are ridiculous.
This is going to be hard not to spoiler, so avoid reading this who are hiding under the tags “spoilers” if you haven’t seen this EPISODE 7.
We had left our three investigators (Ray Velcoro – Colin Farrell, Ani Bezzerides – Rachel McAdams and Paul Woodrugh – Taylor Kitsch) on a final intense and breathless (see episode 6). Rather than sink the nail and increase the pressure on the three cops, they calmly back to their breath in a succession of hotel rooms carpet and wallpaper yellow piss.
After the soap opera (see “Vinci your pitiless universe”, episode 4) TRUE DETECTIVE leans to the theatre, filmed in his first-ever third-party. It is feared at this time to fall back into the worst through the season 2 (dialogues endless, static, and uninteresting).
Not believable but still very addictive, this EPISODE 7 looks at himself with pleasure. A doubt weighs, of course, the conclusion that approach : all of this has-does it make sense ? There is only one remaining episode to fix everything, and with BLACK MAPS AND MOTEL ROOMS moves away a little more the possibility that all questions are answers. In general, this episode is not worth for its storyline, but rather for the performance of the actors, who manage to make us believe in the most improbable situations.
Installed in a hotel room, the three “true detective” will discuss all of the implications of the documents they had found in the thin part of the previous episode. A shot of “shit” and “fuck” you will have the details of what that seems to mean the whole vase raised by the murder of Caspere. As we said at the beginning that Vinci is a city of corruption, one is not too surprised, to the reverse of the characters.
On his side, the very strong Frank Semyon (aka Vince Vaughn) moves to something other than his eyebrows in this episode. With the elements that he has brought back Frank and those he has gleaned from his side, he no longer has doubt about the one who betrayed him, and what it involves. There are real movie moment, a tension that sets in. The mafia knows in danger, and he must act quickly and with precision. Frank is a predator that it has shown us in several facets. Even if it does not too much further the interest of we have talked about his marital problems, this is clearly a character that has been mounted in the power episode after episode. His behavior in BLACK MAPS AND MOTEL ROOMS thus appears completely coherent.
As the cops as the criminals become aware of the implications of the cards they have in hand, they are going to want to shelter their loved ones. In this survival reflex, there is an interesting observation between the mafia and the investigators, are supposed to be the other side. This parallel is not dissimilar to the one between Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in “Heat” by Michael Mann.
“Little credible but very addictive, this episode looks at himself with pleasure. A doubt weighs on the conclusion that approach : all of this has-does it make sense ?”
BLACK MAPS AND MOTEL ROOMS is a concentrate of all the defects and all the qualities of this season 2. The dialogues are not all credible, but allows each character to confront the other, through the “couple” that they form the space of an instant. The reason for the face-to-face emerges clearly from this episode, and it is the echo of all the plans previously seen in this season 2, putting two isolated figures in a setting uncluttered. Long moments devoted to looks, some embarrassed, other inquisitors. Nic Pizzolatto draws characters in a hollow, only determined by the matchups that other characters allow them.
Very in withdrawals during the episode, Ani and Ray will mainly discuss the consequences of their past choices. The action happens elsewhere : Franck removes rust its opponents in round-arm while Paul dodge as a result of disturbing messages. Long scenes of discussion between Ray and Ani are supposed to make us understand that the two of them get closer, get to know each other. The denouement of this bubble of good feelings, is not acceptable in the light of what Ray has gone through, and the emotion that Colin Farrell has instilled in these events (mourning of his integrity as a cop and then his paternity).
We can say that the creator of TRUE DETECTIVE has the sense of the tragic, even if it passes by an irony quite disturbing.
Feeling of unfinished business when the opening credits unfold. We had great fun with Frank–the-hand-heavy and Paul-the-trigger, but that is what could be going interesting now that Ray and Ani have found so many common points ? Why are they motivated to solve the murder of Caspere ? The sub-plot of Paul has certainly found a conclusion moral interesting, but it keeps the print from being deceived with this part of the story. Is that it ? If the entire plot follows the evolution of this character, the end of season 2 of TRUE DETECTIVE is likely to be very very disappointing.
The good moments of this season are floating independently of each other. One remembers with pleasure the hallucination of Ray at the beginning of Maybe Tomorrow, his discussion of the father-son on the couch, in Church, in Ruins or still the beating of BLACK MAPS AND MOTEL ROOMS. But it lacks an axis clear this season in order to satisfy the followers of the “binch ” watching” (addict, you watch all the episodes at once).
Like the rest of season 2, this EPISODE 7 has had the courage to try a lot of things are risky, sometimes successful, sometimes much less. Pleasant for its experimental nature and non-conformist, TRUE DETECTIVE is no less confusing. All these approximations may seem anecdotal if the outcome brings us a reversal of the situation credible, surprising, and creative. Now one has the sense that Nic Pizzolatto wants to give to this conundrum, and the clarity with which he will state his message in spite of its tendencies crypto-metaphysical. Answer the 10 August.
• Achievement : Daniel Attias
• Screenplay : Nic Pizzolatto
• Main actors : Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, Kelly Reilly and Vince Vaughn
• Country of origin : USA
• Output : 02/08/15
• Duration : 59′
• Distributor : HBO/OCS
• Synopsis : A murder, strange gathers three investigators and a criminal, who must each fight their way through the conspiracies of Vinci