I'd seen a few commercials for this new TNT drama, but hadn't paid much attention until last night, watching a marathon of the TNT movie series The Librarian. Leverage was to be shown immediately following the movie with no commercial interruption. Watching the commercials, I noticed that three out of the five regulars were all favorites of mine, so I decided to give it a try.
Leverage is the story of Nate, (Tim Roth) a former insurance investigator, who despite being amazing at his job and saving his company millions, was denied coverage for his terminally ill son from that very same company. When a man comes to him, looking for help getting his airplane designs back from the company that stole them, he's promised that this will also hurt his former employer. He is hired as the "honest man" amongst a gang of thieves. I'll stop the description there, to avoid getting spoilery.
The cast was absolutely magnificent. Christian Kane of Angel fame and Gina Bellman, who is very well known in England for roles in shows such as Coupling and Jekyll were both amazing and the main reasons I tuned in in the first place (along with Roth.) The other two cast members, Aldis Hodge and Beth Riesgraf were equally amazing, and while I've not seen them in anything before, I'll certainly be following their careers from now on.
An equal mix of humor and tension this show would be enjoyed by anyone who likes a good caper pick. Think Ocean's Eleven or The Sting and you'll get the idea of the feel of the show. I highly recommend that TV lovers check out this show. Tuesday night at 10 PM.
THE TWENTY YEAR ITCH by Howard Owen
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