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Thirteen takes white-knuckle turns that elevate it from the expected.
Comer...delivers a stunning performance, playing on many levels at once, her growing disbelief as she understands she has spent much of her prime so isolated, convincing and heartbreaking.
Created and written by Marnie Dickens (Hollyoaks), the five-part series is most magnetic when the camera - no matter if it's lingering on a close-up or framing her in a corner - captures the subtly changing nuances of Ivy's face.
For a crime story it is unusually gentle and generous toward its characters; it is not cynical or despairing - indeed, it is in the end a love story, or rather, several interlocking love stories set in contrast to the pathological mockery of one.
Switching from subdued to rageful, actor Jodie Comer convinces you of both Ivy's fears and her feral side.
We respond so immediately to any story about a missing child that we may even overlook weaknesses in writing, performances or direction. That isn't a problem with Thirteen.
The premise for BBC3's first big online drama release is simple: kidnapped girl miraculously escapes her captor after years living in fear. But the story that unfolds is much more complicated.
The crime itself is supposed to be one of the major alluring elements of Thirteen, but the more we learn about the case the less enticing it becomes.
One of the great things about this series is that it forces you to confront your own lazy habits of thought, like judging characters in circumstances about which you know nothing.
The series paints an appropriately complex picture of how this kind of abuse works to break down the mind of its target.
Thirteen is somewhat of a retread of other television series with similar child abduction/returned premises, though it is made better by the performances of its core cast.
Audience Reviews for Thirteen: Miniseries
Dec 21, 2020The story of a disappeared girl is all too familiar, but this show starts where most end: when the girl (now woman) escapes. The question then is how to make sense of the life she once had, plus some extra drama to keep the suspense. Sometimes it seemed the detectives were being unrealistically harsh in their judgment of the escaped woman after some details of her capture came to light, but then again law enforcement has a notoriously bad record for dealing with sexual assault and emotionally complex issues. And in the end that is what makes the show most interesting: you don't know quite what is happening with the main character until she reveals more in the end, and why should we - who could ever truly understand such a thing who has not lived it? But this show offers an interesting glimpse.
Sep 20, 2020My low rating isn't a reflection of the level of acting in this series; it's quite good across the board. But the plot menders in some of the worst ways here. Not as in surprising twists but just directions that don't add a thing to the overall plot. In some ways, this series doesn't really know what it wants to say or be. Which is unfortunate. The synopsis and description sounds compelling. The series opening episode is compelling. Each episode gets a bit further from the interesting storyline and beers more into these obscure loose ends. But it doesn't unravel like a mystery. It unravels more like several plots that don't tie together. And further, the pieces that the writers tended to drag the story in are the least interesting and are downright cringey at times. They had this interesting angle and compelling story and they twisted it into a plot that by the 4th episode, I cared nothing about. So well done, I guess. Yay for writers who can take something that has a ton of potential and then turn it into a stereotypical, boring derivative. The weirdest part is how much blame a girl is getting after being held captive for 13 years. It's like the writers developed this character and couldn't wait to free her so they could put her through the ringer over and over and blame her for being abducted in the first place and then blame her for the next person who get abducted. That part is just downright laughable. The same cast with a better writer could have created a remarkable series. This series isn't remarkable; or maybe it's only remarkable in how talented the cast was and how absolutely mediocre it ended being.
May 16, 2020This show was garbage. The idiocy of the characters becomes laughable. They are literally treating a rape victim with more regard than they would a bag of garbage and no one is ever held accountable or responsible, like ever. The female detective is the worst example of alleged female strength I've ever witnessed, she's a horrible person, basically a sociopath in a blazer but it gets ignored because she's "doing her job"?!! This woman should never be allowed to speak to women victims or women in general for that matter. The fact that they arrest her and then start questioning her for murder and no one thinks for a even a second that perhaps they need a lawyer? Not only to defend ivy but then to perhaps sue the entire police department makes the family almost as ridiculous and cruel as the horrid detectives. Only brilliant thing was Jody Comer.
May 15, 2020Jodie Comer gives another excellent performance. I loved it.
Mar 28, 2020I'm in love with Jodie Comer's acting, boring show otherwise.
Nov 25, 2019Jodie Comer is clearly a one in a generation actor. Thirtenn is a dime a dozen crime drama. Yes, the premise is interesting but that's just about all this has going for it, apart from the aforementioned Jodie Comer performance. What's worse is there is a police character that is so badly written, that although the actress is clearly doing her best (and it's not her fault) she comes across as either completely lacking in human empathy or as the most stupid person ever....Basically, a police woman who has only just heard of Stockholm syndrome and upon finding out about it, doesn't take it very seriously. Credit must go for trying to do something different with the gritty British crime drama format but bad writing, with clunky dialogue, let's this drama down.
Jul 21, 2019. With just five episodes, this UK crime drama is a super fast watch. I tuned in for Jodie Comer and am glad I did. That woman has some serious acting chops. The show reminded me somewhat of "Room" (which has a similar story about a young woman being held against her will for years). Brie Larson won an Oscar in 2016 for it. Also, congrats to Jodie for her Oscar nomination this week for "Killing Eve". Well deserved! While I wish "Thirteen" had gone more into the effects being isolated for all those years, I still enjoyed the rest of the story. Per creator Marie Dickens, there will not be a season 2 so this is "one and done".
May 10, 2019Excellent acting and good insight to family trauma. I was engrossed in the story overall.
Apr 09, 2019If you want a master class in 'a self taught' actress. Jodie Comer is brilliant .Jodie Comer...delivers a stunning performance, playing on many levels at once, her growing disbelief as she understands she has spent much of her prime so isolated, convincing and heartbreaking. Thirteen takes white-knuckle turns that elevate it from the expected. Thirteen gives a well-worn premise an intriguing facelift with haunting execution and compelling performances across the board.
Mar 18, 2019Great acting and story. Could have been brilliant. Love Jodie Comer and the general performances and production we're good all round. Unfortunately it's all let down by the unnecessarily high levels of melodrama that pervades many TV shows and makes them unrealistic and silly. The totally unrealistic investigations by the cops was so stupid we wanted to stop the show several times, then when they fought we guessed they'd start making out cause that's what always happens with hack melodrama. It was laughably bad writing. Will be great when TV producers realise that increasing the drama in every scene and relationship undermine audience connection to story. Nobody cares what happens because there's no suspension of reality. Unfortunately this is almost every show, so this one gets 3.5 stars cause it's better then most