Curon Review: Star Cast: Valeria Bilello, Luca Lionello, Federico Russo, Margherita Morchio, Anna Ferzetti, Alessandro Tedeschi, Juju Di Domenico, Giulio Brizzi, Luca Castellano
Directors: Fabio Mollo, Lyda Patitucci
Creators: Ezio Abbate, Ivano Fachin, Giovanni Galassi, Tommaso Matano
Streaming On: Netflix
Curon Review: What’s It About? And How’s The Screenplay?
A teenager Anna Raina (Valeria Bilello) sees her lookalike killing her mom with her father’s rifle at their house in a small town Curon in Italy. Traumatised by the event she leaves Curon forever and starts living in Milan. But since the nightmares keep on haunting her every day, she returns to Curon 17 years later with her teenage twins Daria (Margherita Morchio) and Mauro (Federico Russo).
As she comes back, the welcome is far from great. Anna’s father Thomas Raina is annoyed by her for coming back to the troubled place with her kids. But she is firm because her life in Milan wasn’t any better and she hopes to bring the lost pieces together in Curon.
What happens after that? Watch the series to know.
Ezio Abbate, Ivano Fachin, Giovanni Galassi, Tommaso Matano‘s screenplay is a drag mostly and hardly does the job of keeping you engaged. There are a total of 7 episodes of 45-50 minutes duration but things take so much time to come to the point.
Almost 1st half complete has gone in building up the mystery but that’s not worth it because the horror element doesn’t work. Klara Asper who is a teacher, wife of Albert Asper (Alessandro Tedeschi), mother of two kids including Micki Asper (Juju Di Domenico) with whom Daria shares her first kiss in the town tells her students in a class, “There are two wolves living inside each of us – one calm and gentle while the other angry, brutal and merciless. Our nature depends on which wolf we decide to feed.”
The scare element is something around this example which no doubt is novel and will work for a few people. But it didn’t just work for me. There’s absolutely no moment in the show where I actually felt hooked or scared and that’s not a good thing for horror and supernatural show. There was always something misplaced which never lets you establish a connection with the show.
There are so many wolves in the show and I was bewildered how they still couldn’t create a real scare element. The potential of wolves was also wasted and I’ve never seen it being wasted to this level. There are of course a few scenes which are better than the rest but that hardly makes any difference. The ending is forgettable.
Curon Review: How Are The Performances & Direction?
Performances of the show are a little saving grace.
Valeria Bilello does a nice job as Anna Raina but she could’ve been better.
Luca Lionello is good as mysterious Thomas. He brings out the small nuances of his character well and does justice to his character.
Federico Russo as hearing impaired but introvert Mauro acts well. I really liked in some scenes where he had to display the actor in him.
Margherita Morchio as Daria looks gorgeous but doesn’t create an impression as an actor. In several scenes where she had to look scared, I could see a smile on her face. I don’t know what was the meaning of that.
Luca Castellano as Lukas is excellent. While he is good in the portions where he is a shy and oppressed boy, he comes on his own when he has to display the other side of his character.
Others are also good.
Directors Fabio Mollo & Lyda Patitucci have done a good job of creating the environment which really tries a lot to suck you in. But due to feeble narrative, it hardly works.
Overall, Curon can be missed unless you have really made your mind to watch it.
Rating: Two Stars