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With its melodramatic storytelling and excess of side characters who break the show's focus, Messiah nearly runs out of ideas once it's done establishing a zeitgeist none of us have seen before.
Australian series creator Michael Petroni sets out quite a sprawl, and Australian directors James McTeigue and Kate Woods seem equally at home with the big set-pieces as they drill down into character and backstory. Surprisingly addictive.
Messiah introduces a character who might be divine, then keeps elbowing him off screen to focus on meandering subplots.
But while Monaghan has all the animation of a department-store mannequin, Sisley and especially Dehbi bring a compelling intensity to their complex, riddling roles.
Basically, it's a mere matter of tone inconsistency, and while it does nag on occasion, it doesn't ruin the general experience. And despite polarizing audiences, the concluding twist isn't to be missed.
Global psychological thriller missing thrills, has violence.
In trying to cover all possible bases and maintain a manufactured ambiguity, they make Al-Masih little more than a cipher who smiles beatifically one moment, malevolently the next.
Messiah begins as an absorbing thriller, but begins to lose its steam about halfway through. [Full Review in Spanish]
The show is much more compelling for the fact that it doesn't tell you what to believe one way or another, and generally lets viewers make up their own minds about whether the mysterious cult-like leader is miraculous or a myth.
Audience Reviews for Messiah: Season 1
Sep 29, 2020Great show. I binge watched it because it was so interesting. Definitely bring it back for season two. Great casting
Sep 11, 2020I like the ambiguity of al Misah. I likethe building of confusion and I'd like to see what happens next. I hope it gets a second season.
Aug 27, 2020I really liked the premise, the idea, the questioning... and enjoyed the subtle storytelling which I thought added to the mystique. Surprising that this was canceled, was hoping to see more, but I guess Netflix needs immediate data from viewership despite human limitations of wakefulness and time to watch its enormous selection of shows and movies.
Aug 25, 2020Although axed after 1 seaaon this show is brilliant. I would love to see more, to see where the creator wanted to take it. Characters are well thought out acting really good. Premise is very interesting and though provoking. Axed way too early. Must watch it.
Aug 20, 2020Honestly got no idea what most of the critics are on. Don't know if they're religious and offended or atheist and offended. For anyone even vaguely open-minded it's an intriguing / thought provoking look at life and how different people/governments would react to the presence of a higher power in the flesh. Really bad decision to cancel this one. It's worthy of at least one or two more Series'.
Aug 06, 2020For the First Time in my Life I gave Five Stars for a Serie!!! It is the most impressive Serie I have seen in the Netflix. I hope, someday Netflix rethink and continues this Marvelous Serie. Regards Fabricio (FF) from Brazil
Jul 06, 2020Great TV show, with an original story. Captivating plot, it's hard to find a story with no action that keeps you involved this much. You always want to know what happens next. A great success ! A must see.
Jun 24, 2020Incredible show, very thought-provoking. It makes you wonder how fragile our whole system and belief system is. And as Medhi, the actor who plays Mesiah, said in an interview "how much people are looking for meaning". One of Netflix`s best series.
Jun 15, 2020Awe-inspiring Show. But sad that it got discontinued. Would be great if it's continued.
Jun 14, 2020I loved the first season. It's not action-loaded, but a finely nuanced play with the audiences expectations. You are never sure if he's the real deal or if he just toys with people, if he has a plan or is just following "god's plan" for him. Would love to see another season. I can't understand the critics score (quite usual for rotten tomatoes...who are those "critics"? Do they really understand what they are doing?), as usual the audience score says more about the series.