After the success of Spanish series such as La casa de papel or Sky RojoNetflix continues betting on national productions in which there is no lack of actionadrenaline and characters with many secrets to hide.
Precisely all that is The longest nightwhich also has the seal of La Zonathe production company behind series such as Gigantes or Libertad and films such as There will be no peace for the wicked or Eight Basque surnames.
A producer that on this occasion has had the collaboration of Víctor Sierra and Xosé Morais (creators of the series police Néboa) as authors of the series and with Óscar Pedraza (Patria) as its director.
Among its cast performers as interesting as Louis Callejo o Barbara Goenaga, two of whom get a chance to show off their respective characters from The Longest Night.
Trailer for The Longest Night, Netflix’s new Spanish thriller for this summer
The series tells the story of the Baruca psychiatric prisonwhich, as in other Netflix series, is very difficult to place on the map, where a new prisoner arrives on Christmas Eve who completely destabilizes his entire system.
Said prisoner is Simón Lago, a serial killer who will only be in jail that night, since the next morning he will be brought to justice. There is only one chance to talk to him inside Baruca and the director of the prison, Hugo (played by Alberto Amman) is not going to miss it.
He decides to go to the psychiatric center with his children, in order to talk to the delinquent and return home again, but his plans are cut short when Baruca is assaulted by some individuals who ask her to hand over Simón, a request that Hugo cannot fulfill since it would seriously affect his family.
Thus begins a long night, in which all the characters in the prison fight to meet their personal goals without taking too much into account the well-being or the feelings of the rest of the people around them.
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too many secrets
The characters make their decisions and “play” based on the secrets they hidemany of which are not revealed in this first batch of episodes of The longest night, as the series is clearly focused on having more than one season. In other words. the plot is open.
A decision of its creators that works a bit against its own history since, let’s remember, it happens in a single night and it is always difficult to stretch events to satiety that in reality would not exceed 12 hours in length.
In fact, although the format of the series is really comfortable since its episodes do not last more than 45 minutes, something unusual in Spanish productions, one wonders if it would have been better to stretch the chapters a little more to be able to tell the story in full.
Especially if we take into account that Netflix A second season hasn’t been announced yet. The longest night. Which could mean two things: that the news is being saved for the time of the series premiere, or that the series could be left without end if the platform does not see that the results are worth it.
Lots of characters and lots of action
One of the best qualities of The Longest Night is its characters, because they all seem to fit perfectly within the intricate puzzle of the series. Although not all of them have a leading role, the “main characters” know very well how to direct where the story is going and what their hidden intentions are.
Also, flashbacks at the beginning of some chapters that serve as an introduction to the inmates locked up in the prison help a lot to feel greater empathy towards them and better understand what their intentions are.
Although it must also be said that, perhaps, these little stories should be a little longer and introduce many more characters, since on many occasions they only tell a small piece of a life that does not give an understanding of how they ended up locked up in Baruca.
Of course, the work of the actors also does a lot and in this sense we must highlight the work of Luis Callejo, who with just one look makes you tremble with fear or that of Bárbara Goenaga, who manages to convey all her desperation for trying to remain faithful to her partner and her patients at the same time.
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In addition to Daniel Albadalejo and his dangerous Cherokee, a character of light and shadow that manages to transmit both tenderness and terror, especially with her relationship with the character of Cecilia Freire, who once again proves that she is one of the best actresses on the Spanish television scene.
But in addition to this game of characters, Another of the best qualities of The longest night is, without a doubt, his ability to handle the actionWell, both the shots and the explosions are very well measured so that they fit into the narrative of the story they are telling.
Perfectly synchronized scenes with spectacular moments more typical of American action films that, in addition, according to what the actors told us during the presentation press conference, were shot with live fire and at the moment, they are not added in post-production.
In summary, The longest night It is a more than entertaining series with an impeccable visual invoice and a cast of actors that shine on their own. That the story is not closed is a point against him, but his first season is more than enjoyable. Premiere on Netflix on Friday, July 8.
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