The Third Day: Miniseries (2020)


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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: 35

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User Ratings: 12

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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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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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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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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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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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Critic Reviews for The Third Day Miniseries

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (14)

The setting is there, but there's something disappointing about the reveals, and a little hollow. You want the resolution to a mystery to be expansive like an essay, not just a multiple-choice question where you can finally circle the right answer.

Sep 15, 2020 | Full Review…
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Episode 5 teases an ending loaded with drama, but "The Third Day" falls prey to nagging predictability just as it wows with evocative atmospherics and excellent turns from Law, Harris, Watson, and Considine.

Sep 15, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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[It] runs haywire in so many directions the fear is it might pull a "Lost" and amount to nothing. But by the third episode it's clear that's not the case; writer Dennis Kelly ties it all together in wondrous fashion and then lets the firestorm burn on.

Sep 14, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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A project that leads with its overall ambition, and while The Third Day has a few narrative missteps in trying to hold your attention, it makes for standout television.

Sep 10, 2020 | Full Review…

If your tolerance for hooded figures, landladies who look deep into guests' eyes and make gnomic pronouncements about grief, and a slight but persistent unearned air of cleverness is higher than mine, you will doubtless enjoy.

Sep 17, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Throughout, the going is glum rather than unsettling, dull instead of brooding.

Sep 16, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Every episode is so atmospheric and well-written that it deserves to be savored.

Sep 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The heart of The Third Day's horror lies in the way it foregrounds its atmosphere, which is practically a character in itself.

Sep 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The Third Day starts great, where its psychological angle may grow more malleable and introspective as it goes. Combined with the great cast and its mesmerizing direction, the show really is onto something fascinating here.

Sep 15, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Heavy on portent and mood, but light on exposition and insight.

Sep 15, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

[An] addictive sense of mystery, intrigue and dread... pervades this magnificently executed thriller.

Sep 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite the rich textures of the aesthetic and the hard work of actors like Harris and Law, [It] feels peculiarly vague, and all that hesitance does is draw further attention to the thinly sketched-out story playing out in an admittedly unique manner.

Sep 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Third Day: Miniseries

  • 5d ago
    Incredible show on so many levels, a lot of creativity went into this project, thanks HBO!
  • 5d ago
    At last an HBO show for artistic minds 🖤
  • 6d ago
    More than a little humdrum and not original in the slightest. I can't get Portmeirion and The Prisoner out of my head. If only it was that good. With the cast available, it should have been a damn sight better.
  • Sep 15, 2020
    Only watched episode one. So far I'm very intrigued. I can tell there's gonna be many twists and turns in the story. Jude law's acting chops are top of the line like usual! Can't wait for next week for episode two!!!
  • Sep 15, 2020
    Not bad so far. Episode started off a little slow but it's got that creepy suspense feeling to it which I like. We shall see how the season turns out.

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