The Third Day: Miniseries (2020)


Miniseries
The Third Day

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With a sufficiently arresting atmosphere and captivating performances from stars Jude Law and Naomie Harris, The Third Day is an intriguing - if overly familiar - addition to the folk-horror genre.

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Critic Ratings: 47

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User Ratings: 117

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Air date: Sep 14, 2020

After Sam (Jude Law), a London family man in crisis, rescues a troubled young girl in the woods, he brings her home to the ominous Osea Island, where inhabitants are preparing for a curious annual festival involving the island's history. As he meets Osea's secretive locals, Sam grows increasingly desperate to return to the mainland to make an important call -- but the island proves difficult to escape.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2020

Plagued by a disturbing dream, Sam (Jude Law) awakes to find himself in a compromising situation and, having missed the morning crossing to return to the mainland, spends the day trying to learn more about the islanders' beliefs. After a series of confusing and terrifying events leaves him shaken, Sam quickly plots a way off Osea with Jess (Katherine Waterston), but is convinced to stay put as the islanders prepare for a dry run of their big event.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2020

Sam (Jude Law) is shocked to learn the truth about his connection to Osea and the islanders' intentions for his future. Later, in a fight for his life, Sam tries desperately to escape their clutches and make it back to the mainland in one piece.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2020

Winter. Helen (Naomie Harris) surprises her two daughters, Tallulah (Charlotte Gairdner-Mihell) and Ellie (Nico Parker), with a trip to Osea Island for Ellie's birthday. After finding that the cottage she booked is suspiciously no longer available, Helen scours the island for a place to stay, but finds resistance at every turn.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2020

As the islanders prepare for a fateful birth, Helen (Naomie Harris) reveals her true intentions in coming to Osea and, after joining a search party, is pressed on her past. A peculiar girl befriends Ellie (Nico Parker) and offers to take her to a mysterious place closed off to outsiders.

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  • Jul 08, 2021
    It looks like folk horror at first, but it's really trying to show how a feudal/monarchical succession struggle would look in the 'modern' world
  • Jun 04, 2021
    This show was like a heavy weight of anxiety driven tension in the best possible way. There is always something hidden and something darker than the last. What is most impressive about The Third Day is despite doing the "fish out of water" bit 2 times in one 6 episode miniseries, the setting and characters work so well that both times were successfully pulled off and set up 2 additional episodes respectively. Osea proves to be a dreadful place filled with dreadful people. Its clutches grasp some and others fight for their survival. The Third Day is not perfect, but it is infinitely fascinating.
  • Mar 27, 2021
    I loved the first three episodes of this show, especially Jude Law's performance. What is real, what is not, what is grief doing with us, how far do we go... ? Besides the strong subject I found these episodes to be visually stunning and the music hauntingly beautiful. It's nice that the story doesn't give everything away, leaving room for different interpretations. The second part of the series seems rather dull in comparison, although I guess it makes sense somehow. Still, it makes the experience of the 1st part even better!
  • Mar 16, 2021
    I like the idea, always keen for a Wicker Man type story. Some nice visuals but I gotta say the writing could have been worked a whole lot better. Sometimes it's frustrating. What type of mother persistently ignores the locals warnings to get off the island, and still tries convincing her daughters that it's gonna be "fun" to stay here? I had no sympathy for that family. And that American woman did my head in. That being said - everyone involved, the cast and crew, did an excellent job with the last episode. For that I give it 4 stars.
  • Mar 07, 2021
    I enjoyed this series, it's a bit slow and predictable, but the cinematography and acting were stellar.
  • Mar 02, 2021
    Started ok but the story became so convoluted and aimless I stopped caring about what happened to the characters. I just couldn't finish it
  • Jan 27, 2021
    The genre and overall theme is exactly what I like in a cult/thriller/horror but that's where it's ends. Heavily overloaded with unnecessary scenes, backstories and symbolism that it could've done without. Less would've been more. The salt and soil theme of the islands cult history sounds more like a fish and chips takeaway shop. The idea of the island being the control centre of the earth seemed a bit lame as well and another element that could've been left out. There's disembowelment symbolism mixed with religious themes, a fish, a Jack the ripper reference, that random surgical room scene thrown in with the disemboweled sheep. The other disemboweled creatures scattered throughout the scenes, the crickets. The cliche token weird kids and a reverend, a murdered son, stolen money and bribery. It feels like twenty different writers all put their individual ideas in. You need more then 6 episodes to explain and fully develop a story with all these elements. It opened it up to too many holes, too many unexplained and disconnected elements. Some of the characters were also hard to take seriously in this genre. I understand what they were trying to achieve with the style but it missed the mark by miles and not their forte. So much lost potential, it felt more like it could've been a horror/comedy.
  • Jan 20, 2021
    I thought it was shot well and nearly everything technical was nice, however the story was infuriating, full of plot holes, and with absolutely no grounds in reality. If that was the filmmakers goal then it was a masterpiece, if not, well I think you understand me.
  • Jan 10, 2021
    It's just awful. My wife and i tried to watch and got to end of episode 3 but had enough of the jumpy camera work. The novelty of trying to work out whether scenes were dream sequences, reality or LSD induced wears off by the 10th time. Dont bother.
  • Jan 05, 2021
    It jumps the shark trying to be a profound allegory. Instead, you get moody actors with a bizarre and incoherent plot. This should generally be avoided by all viewers

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