Updated: Jan 13
Source: Heaven of Horror
Kaleidoscope is Netflix's way of getting into Black Mirror territory sort of. This movie is about a group of thieves, led by Ray Vernon (Giancarlo Esposito) who goes after his former partner Graham Davies (Rufus Sewell). Ray and Graham came up together stealing. Ray was a husband and father and Graham at the time was single. They did one big jewelry heist that went wrong and tragedy struck. Years later, Ray is still leading a life of crime and Graham now has a corporate security firm, which helps prevent criminals from breaking into vaults.
Source: Netflix Youtube Channel
Ray enlists Ava Mercer (Paz Vega), who is a lawyer and weapons specialist, Judy Goodwin (Rosaline Elbay) an explosives specialist, Bob Goodwin (Jai Courtney), Judy’s husband and safe cracker, Stan Loomis (Peter Mark Kendall a smuggler and Ray’s former cellmate. To complicate things Ray’s daughter Hannah (Tati Gabrielle) works for Graham’s company as head of security.
Kaleidoscope is different in which it is your choice how to view it. The listing is color coded, and you can choose which part of the story you watch but watch the White last. Each episode gives you background on the characters and their story. It tells the story of how everyone got together and how and why the heist took place. The fact that everyone can view the show in a different way but still get the same outcome. That is the difference between this and Black Mirror.
The show itself is character driven. Giancarlo leads an outstanding cast. You feel for them, and you understand the motivation for everything that they do. Jai Courtney is great as Bob Goodwin. He has that guy you love to hate down. I just wanted him to go away and for Judy to get away from him. Kaleidoscope shows how the heist is the secondary character and the characters themselves are a must see!