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With committed performances (some of which are clearly aware of the ludicrous story they're in) and a brisk pace, Safe earns its status as a soapy pleasure and should entertain Netflix viewers craving engaging distraction.
There's nothing particularly fresh about it, but it does what it sets out to do - to keep the viewer guessing who dunit and why - with assurance and flair.
Safe could have been so good. All the ingredients were there for a prime binge-worthy crime thriller - the writers, the cast, the concept - but it just hasn't been given the time, care and attention it needed.
There are few series on streaming or anywhere else that will cause as few ripples.
The ensemble cast makes it all click. There are plenty of moments in Safe where the story and its twists threaten to derail the tightly wound mayhem, but the cast saves it from ever tipping over.
Still, this is a British mystery made for TV, and the form is a winner, despite some overwrought music that supplies more tension than the script calls for.
Safe isn't without its ticking clock grittiness and compelling riddles but there's also unintended comedy involved with a story where everyone somehow unwittingly contributes to someone's dire demise.
All in all, it's good, soapy fun. If you're willing to suspend your disbelief, you're likely to get swept up in its current, and once that happens, I'd wager that all eight episodes will safely disappear in a flash.
Safe does promise plenty of twists and turns for loyal mystery lovers, and the supporting cast, including Sherlock's Amanda Abbington, is extremely capable.
Audience Reviews for Safe: Season 1
Aug 29, 2020The story is brilliant. Every episode reveals a plot twist and keeps you guessing. ½ star down as for the first few episodes I struggled to stay gripped, but I am glad I did as I bad to watch the last 5 all in one go. Shoutout to Marc Warren who was superb as Pete.
May 06, 2020good entertainment, good plot
May 02, 2020No sense AT ALLL, I can't believe that many people convinced by the story!
Apr 28, 2020Solid show with a great twist.
Apr 04, 2020Good show that I watched for Michael C. Hall (Dexter). Everyone was good but Michael's English accent was distracting for sure.
Mar 31, 2020Absolutely loved it. The tension goes until the last episode. Perfect thriller and very real characters.
Mar 22, 2020I would agree with reviewers who point to there being a great cast and no one missed a beat in portraying the diverse ensemble of characters. But that in no way saves a god-awful mess of a plot line that culminates in an ending way beyond the leeway usually given when the acting and direction is good or better. The writer seemed to be bent on trying nothing more or less than always misleading the viewer. This is not a substitute at all for the kind of clever twists and turns seen in other Harlan Coben based works like The Stranger and The Five. I'd strongly recommend either of those but steer clear of this excursion into surprise for its own sake.
Feb 12, 2020Very very complex but interesting. Michael Hall is terrific as usual and the surprise ending threw us "for a loop" although I did have my suspicions earlier in the series.
Feb 09, 2020I love to watch Michael C. Hall so I tuned in to spend some time with him in this series. If there's a such thing as "too much suspense" aka - "dragging it," then that's exactly how I felt while forcing myself through 4 episodes of this series. At some point something concrete needs to happen to keep me watching. The characters were mostly boring to watch, so I quickly became uninspired and unable to emotionally invest in any of them - not even 'missing Jenny,' Michael C, Hall, or dead Chris. There's just too much going on at once & none of it is making any sense. Even if this series ends up making perfect sense or tying the plots together in a good way, I won't be there to see it.
Jan 06, 2020It's a wannabe. It flexes way too hard in the first 2 episodes to desperately convince you it's a great plot-twister, but the characters and story just aren't interesting. The father, daughter, mother cover-up they have going on is utterly insane.