On DVD today from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and FX comes the first season of another amazing series THE BRIDGE.
The first season introduces us to Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger), a cop who looks at things a little differently than most. She is called in when a body is discovered on the bridge separating Juarez from El Paso.
Cross is given a Mexican counterpart in Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir), a family man who doesn’t always put family first. This unlikely pairing of cops must start from the beginning with very little to go on and no clues.
Dealing with a range, Charlotte Millwright (Annabeth Gish) becomes the widower who has a tunnel going between Mexico and Texas. Accustomed to a lavish lifestyle, there is only one way to keep that going – and it’s all based on who wants to pay. Calling in lover Ray (Brian Van Holt) can either make this easy or worse.
Cross and Ruiz try to put the pieces together and report to Lt. Hank Wade (Ted Levine). But in the middle of the investigation they discover that the murder victim is somehow tied to the missing girls of Juarez. Who they don’t see coming is David Tate (Eric Lange) and Ruiz’ family will suffer.
With every clue they uncover, every person they discover it seems to only take them further down a rabbit hole of mayhem and madness.
FINAL WORD: Kruger as Det. Sonya Cross started out annoying the hell out of me. Her reactions weren’t what most would consider ‘normal’ (yea, I hate that word too!) but that’s when it hit me. This role couldn’t be played any other way to get the results Kruger gives this character. I won’t spoil it for you but she will grow on you – if fact, you will root for her! Her emotions are deep and like a dog with a nice steak, she doesn’t let go! I totally dug her tenacity and can’t wait to see what she does next.
Bichir as Ruiz, it must be said, I’m madly in love with him! Use to being on the iffy side of relationships and occasionally turning a blind eye, his match up with Cross begins to change that thinking. Realizing the depth of their investigation, Bichir gives the character of Ruiz a certain toughness that can be scary, a certain resolve that eventually matches Cross’ and crushing blows that are of his own making.
Gish as Charlotte is a woman who knows what she wants and seems to have no problem breaking the law to get it. From the moment her husband dies her mourning passes quickly calling in an ex-lover to get the ball rolling and her bank account growing! Van Holt as Ray is just a douche bag from the get go and quite honestly this character grossed me out on more than one occasion – well done.
Levine as Lt. Wade has been a favorite actor since he played the particularly disturbing dancing-in-someone-elses’-skin (literally) character of Jame Gumb in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. He has managed to cross between film and television flawlessly and bring in consistently amazing performances. With THE BRIDGE I know his work is hardly done!
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is a leader in the industry for film and television programming Each year their library of entertainment content grows with formats including DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD. THE BRIDGE: Season One 4-disc set includes special features such as BUILDING THE BRIDGE, Ciudad Juarez: The Other Side of The Bridge with Damien Cave, deleted scenes and audio commentary. For more of what they have to offer go to www.foxconnect.com.
Other cast include: Johnny Dowers as Tim Cooper, Emily Rios as Adriana Mendez, Carlos Pratts as Gus Ruiz, Catalina Moreno as Alma Ruiz, Ramon Franco as Fausto Galvan, Juan Cantu as Captain Robles, Don Swayze as Tim, and Lyle Lovett as Monte P. Flagman.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE BRIDGE: Season One four tubs of popcorn out of five. Must leave that other tub wide open for what ever is going to happen in season two! The cast is absolutely amazing brining their best game to the series. Kruger and Bichir at the helm makes this series impossible to turn away from and clearing the calendar to make sure Wednesday nights are open for season two!
THE BRIDGE, season two, premiers on FX beginning July 9th at 10 p.m. and if you want answers to the same huge pile of questions that I do – then you’ll join me and we’ll chat after!
In the end – their investigation will uncover shocking secrets that neither could have imagined!