Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: James Spader, Megan Boone, Parminder Nagra, Harry Lennix
Running Time: 939 minutes (approx.)
Number of Episodes: 22
Number of discs: 6 (DVD), 1 (Blu-ray)
Format: DVD, Blu-ray
Release Date: 22 September 2014
RRP: £20 (DVD), £29.99 (Blu-ray)
Having never seen or heard of The Blacklist before I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but from the very first action-packed episode I was hooked.
“Never trust a criminal… until you have to.”
Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) is an ex-government agent and criminal who is number 4 on the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted’ list and has evaded capture for the past 20 years. Red is known as the ‘Concierge of Crime’ for his deals with criminals all across the world. One day he walks into the FBI offices and surrenders with the offer to help them catch the world’s most dangerous and notorious criminals on his “Blacklist” in return for immunity and on the condition that he only speaks to FBI profiler Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keen (Megan Boone) who is a fresh out of Quantico and her first day on the job with a new task force.
Once the terms of Red’s surrender are agreed he helps Keen and the FBI catch bombers, assassins, kidnappers, people smugglers, spy hunters, mad scientists, child abductors, vigilante killers and more. Some of who the FBI and CIA are unaware of.
Overall, I found this to be an excellent, fast paced, action-packed series. James Spader is excellent as the control freak Raymond Reddington. Full of suspense, action, thrills and secrets the plot, although has flaws in some places, it runs at breakneck speed from the very first episode and doesn’t let up.
With an underlying subplot throughout the series it makes for a very entertaining series and I cannot wait for series 2 (now showing on Sky Living).
Highly recommended, a superb crime thriller.
The Blacklist: The Complete First Season features all 22 episodes with over 100 minutes of extras.
RRP: £20 (DVD), £22.99 (Blu-ray)
Available to buy from Amazon here.