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Tin Star Review: iflix shines with Tin Star

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Streaming service iflix

What’s good on TV these days? Not much unless you have satellite television or streaming services, then you’re guaranteed boredom.

Fortunately, iflix is the world's leading Internet TV service for emerging markets that offers viewers unlimited access to the very best international, regional and local content. From K-drama, Bollywood, Hollywood, UK television- iflix brags about having the most diverse library among streaming services.

The interactive homepage has some of the most eye catching TV shows that are all the rage right now. But in the midst of the colourful banners of everyone’s favourite TV shows, stood out a show that was stark in its simplicity. Almost daringly raw, like a coy invite.

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The trailer of this series was exciting. It’s interspersed with close up shots of Made in Britain’s Tim Roth and Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks. There is cursing, kicking, shoving, guns and a shooter in a white mask.

A far cry from the fast paced tone of the trailer, you may need to be a little bit patient to enjoy this series as the story develops rather slowly.

Tin Star is captivating TV series which tells the story of Jim Worth (Roth), a former British detective and recovering alcoholic who relocates with his family to a small tranquil town to take up a post as a small-town sheriff.

He is battling with his inner demons and there are darkling hints of an alter ego but apart from that he has a lovely family and has been clean for two years.

He slowly adjusts to his quiet life and for a moment enjoys peace and tranquillity until an oil conglomerate built a controversial refinery nearby and the plot begins to thicken.

From there the story develops from a kind of pitch-black comedy into a doomy revenge drama as Jim hunts down the killer.

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The pilot starts like a neo-noir thriller. Sprawling hills in the town of Little Big Bear in the Canadian Rockies offer a picturesque background as a family flee from an unknown enemy. The mood in the car is sombre. The fear from Jim Worth’s family is palpable.

His car winds up the long open road with no incident, until the fuel light glows and Jim has to swerve to avoid hitting the dead carcass of a wolf. He drives into a desolate petrol station where he warns his family to stay put.

The setting gets eerier. A rusted sign board swings in the breeze. The groaning creaks providing some kind of comfort. Jim finishes filling up the car and walks back in. But his youngest is in trouble. He desperately needs to pee. Jim refuses to let him out but his wife takes pity on the boy and decides to help him relieve himself behind the car. As they bicker, the unsuspecting family doesn’t notice the sign board stopped creaking. Jim’s eldest daughter suddenly shouts her father’s name. There stands a man in a white mask and a gun pointed at the car. A shot cracks through the air. Blood splatters everywhere. Fade out.

Was it a dream? Was it foreshadowing? Jim is compelling as a new British cop in a small Canadian town. He’s two years sober and has a loving relationship with his family. Things seem remarkably ordinary until an oil company shows up.

The promise is strong in this crime drama.

Watch Tin Star now on www.iflix.com. To sign up for a 30-day free trial on iflix, click here.

Written in collaboration with George Tubei.

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