Toni Collette is a strong name in the film industry. Currently in theaters with the nominee Oscar ‘The Nightmare Alley‘, it’s one of those actresses who handpick the jobs they’re going to focus on. And the newest production she is involved in is miniseries from suspense ‘Noone can know’which ranked first in the Top 10 gives Netflix and continues to remain among the most viewed on the platform since its debut.
In a tiny town in the interior of the USAthe young civil police telephone operator Andy (Bella Heathcote) has been living her usual routine since she moved back to take care of her mother, Laura (Toni Collette), who is recovering from breast cancer. On the birthday of Andy the two go out to lunch when, suddenly, a hallucinated young man starts shooting in the diner. To protect the daughter, Laura confronts the boy and ends up killing him with an unusual and precise knife blow, and immediately goes viral on the internet, becoming a kind of local heroine. Only that ends up causing people from her past to discover her whereabouts and return to torment her. Now, to protect your daughter again, Laura will have to send Andy alone on a journey through United Stateswhile she herself must face her own ghosts in order to finally be able to live in peace.
Divided into eight episodes averaging fifty minutes each, ‘Noone can know‘ has a good history of suspense, but the execution in serial format ended up generating a belly in the middle of the plot that makes you a little tired just when the viewer starts to get excited about the plot. Based on the book by Karin Slaughterthe first season has an intriguing plot – the so-called secrets of the past of Laura – however, the first four chapters are summarized in presenting the plot and showing the commitment of Andy (and the spectator at the same time) in unwinding this knot; the second part, finally, brings most of the answers.
Thus, the roadmap Charlotte Stoudt ends up being poorly balanced: until the middle of the second episode, the plot captures attention, until the departure of Andy of the city; from there and until the answers appear, it’s a bit of a slog, with characters being inserted without much use and/or just naively trying to confuse us. The director’s problem Minkie Spiro to do this so early in the series is to end up tiring the viewer, who, impatient, may want to skip right to the middle of the fourth episode, when everything starts to reveal itself more quickly. On the other hand, it’s nice to think that it’s a story written, directed, scripted, and starring women.
For those who like complete stories, ‘Noone can know‘ has a cycle that closes to the last episode, so whoever invests their time will have most of their questions answered without feeling the need for a new season. Looking like a miniseries, headlined by the ever-solid Toni Collette and counting on the presence of Terry O’Quinn (from ‘Lost‘), O suspense ‘Noone can know‘ holds attention and, if it sets up as a serialized story, it will likely be renewed for a second season.