Advance Review: Wayward Pines - A Gripping Psychological Thriller That Keeps Getting Better

Wayward PinesMay 14th FOX will premiere its new 10 episode limited series Wayward Pines. The psychological thriller, starring Matt Dillon, is based on Blake Crouch's international best-selling book series and was adapted for television by Chad Hodge. The premiere episode was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who also serves as executive producer.

The series follows Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Dillon) and his search for two missing agents, including his partner, Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino), which is turned upside-down when he enters the strange town of Wayward Pines. Outwardly the town looks idyllic: a great place to settle down and raise a family, but all is not what it seems. When his car is hit head on by a truck, Burke is thrust into the community.

Within ten minutes of starting Wayward Pines, I already could tell I would be hooked on this series. As usual with Shyamalan's projects, the show has a creepy atmosphere that leaves you questioning everything and wanting more, and is of course filmed beautifully.

Wayward PinesThe story draws you into Burke's new hell as he tries to navigate the crazy town to distinguish what is real and who he can trust, when all he is uncovering are more questions. Every character knows more than they're telling, which makes everyone a suspect and an interesting addition to the story.

Dillon fits well as the lead. He's really believable in his confusion and anger as he tries to figure out what's going on and get back to his wife and son.

All the cast were chosen well, from Gugino, who knows more but isn't talking, to Juliette Lewis as Beverly, who may be his only ally. There is also crazy scary Nurse Pam (Melissa Leo) and the mysterious Dr. Jenkins (Toby Jones), who were fantastic.

The script itself is well written and gripping, and keeps getting better. I enjoyed picking it apart for clues. I can't wait to see more and start to unravel the mystery that is Wayward Pines.

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