It's got a great cast. Jeff Daniels is good in everything he does. Maura Tierney stretches herself as an actress playing the working class seamstress in a dead end town. The supporting cast also set the tone of people stuck in their hometown all sleep walking through their lives. We've seen this before but done better. (Mare of Eastown). After 1 episode, where the characters and story are introduced and set up though, so far there is no emotional "hook". Yes there's a murder and all is not at it seems, but the pacing of the story is very slow. I'm not really rooting for anyone yet. None of the characters (including the leads are particularly interesting or even likable. Still, I'm interested enough to try another episode or 2 to see how it all unfolds. Watching a lot of these murder in a small town mystery series that we're seeing on cable these days, sometimes the stories take a while to get where they're going!
Powerful story about people in a Rust Belt area and there is little hope for the future. Fine acting that supports the episodes and those that deal with one problem after another. True, it is depressing, but all to real.
As "American Rust" (2021 release; 8 episodes of about 60 min. Each) opens with Episode 1 "The Mill", we see an old guy preparing pills (opioids?). He is soon revealed as Del Harris, Police Chief of the (fictional) town of Buell, PA, "closer to West Virginia in distance and community than to Pittsburgh", he remarks dryly. We are then introduced to Billy and Isaac, two kids just out of high school. Isaac reminds Billy that it's the last night of his 6 month probation, something worth celebrating. What is Billy on probation for? We then go the "Six Months Earlier"... At this point we are 10 min into Episode 1.Couple of comments: this mini-series is the TV adaptation of the book of the same name by Philipp Meyer, as directed by veteran TV director John Dahl. I have not read the book so I cannot comment how closely the TV series sticks to the book. As I was watching Episode 1, I immediately had to think of this other recent TV mini-series Mare of Eastown, starring Kate Winslet. The central theme is the same: a small and rural Pennsylvania town continues to decay, leaving its population (whatever is left of it) in shambles and desperation. And oh yes, along the way there is a murder mystery to be solved. So my expectations were not very high for "American Rust", but I must admit that I quite enjoyed Episode 1. Other than Jeff Daniels (in the lead role of the Police Chief), this is pretty much a no-name cast (at least for me), but the acting performances were quite robust. Even there are several plot twists in just the opening episode, positioning itself to be an explosive mini-series, the overall pace of at least Episode 1 is quite slow."American Rust" premiered this weekend on Showtime, and Episode 1 is now available on Showtime on Demand, Amazon Instant Video and other platforms. New episodes air on Sunday evenings at 10 pm Eastern. If you are in the mood for a dark, if not grim, murder mystery series set in a depressing environment, I'd readily suggest you check this out, and draw your own conclusion.
I will admit I didn't get much sleep last night so I have to agree with the ones that mentioned being tired and I do think the lighting is poor. The characters do seem worth watching for sure I love a few of the cast members. The pilot feels like a middle episode without much development otherwise solid enough I'm intrigued to find out if the series improves and definitely needs more excitement! I tend to enjoy a lot of what I see this is a rare occasion where I agree with others. If anything the directors are incredible at their craft!
I enjoyed the first 2 episodes (which is all I have seen thus far) and the relationships between the characters. I have always found Maura Tierney very bland but her character is interesting enough and when supported by the other characters, I find that I am eager for the next episode.
This show is very good with an actor like Jeff Daniels who knows how to play parts that deal with the unmentioned and ignored downtrodden and seemingly sad underbelly of income inequality and life's inequality for a large portion of the American people in places like this throughout this country. America is not the greatest country in the world. I Highly recommend watching this series. The other parts of the story are the icing on the cake!
Not much acting is done, more like reading lines. After a while it becomes boring fast. Jeff Daniels can't save this and almost every other actor feels like they are just mumbling through the scenes.I was hoping this would be a nice original break, but it's just a lot of incoherent scenes pieced together in hopes of telling a story.
I tried to watch, but between the extremely DARK lighting, the awful looking town and the DEPRESSING story!I just COULD NOT! 30 minutes in I turned away!! I was asleep at 12 minutes in,ZZZZI.
A few weeks ago I tried to watch the original Dune in anticipation of the remake. Turned it off after 34 minutes. I thought that was the most bored I had ever been. It probably was at the time, but it is now in second place after watching an hour and four minutes of this.
Disappointing, lesser version of "Mare of Easttown". The story and the characters are just not that interesting. In addition, the writers paid very little attention to Southwestern Pennsylvania expressions or accents. All of the actors speak in the generic "Mid Atlantic" dialect common to most Hollywood films and shows. If it was not made apparent that the show allegedly takes place in SW PA, it could be anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line and east of the Mississippi. I will continue to watch to see what happens but I find it more of a chore than entertainment.
LOL at the reviewers who think only intelligent people can appreciate this slow as molasses excuse for entertainment. Just like the utterly awful Mare Eastown or whatever it was called; it's chalk full of uninteresting and unlikabke characters that have not one iota of wit or charisma. They just slog on through their tedious days doing much of nothing at a snails pace and we are supposed to be enraptured by this. Well I say nay to this new kind of show. The acting may be good but that is certainly not enough. Nothing of interest happens. If you want a slow burn done the right way watch Bloodline on Netflix and gives this stuck in amber slop a hard pass.
I was just thinking HBO has kinda lost its magic when I tuned into this Showtime nighttime soap. Showtime has moved ahead in the race to the bottom.Jeff and Maura are exceptional artists but even they cannot redeem the lame dialogue and rambling storyline. I'd mention some of the other young actors but since I expect them to fade into obscurity I won't bother.