A notorious smuggler teams up with a young apprentice to safely guide a teenager through a dangerous post-apocalyptic landscape.
The Last Of Us Cast :
Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Anna Torv, Nick Offerman, Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, Storm Reid, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodard, Graham Greene, Elaine Miles, Melanie Lynskey
The Last Of Us Release Date :
15 January 2023
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The Last Of Us Review :
What if it wasn’t a flu-like virus that threatened the existence of humankind, but a parasitic fungus that used rising temperatures to evolve and switch hosts, from ants to humans? That is the terrifying premise of The Last of Us, another post-apocalyptic prestige drama in a TV landscape that, for understandable reasons, is stuffed with game-over scenarios. While its zombie skeleton brings immediate comparisons to The Walking Dead, its beating heart is more in line with last year’s Station Eleven, with which it shares a surprisingly steady and meditative pace.
Much has been made of its origins as a video game, in part because the source material looked as if it might offer the best chance yet of a convincing transition from console to screen. The series was adapted by the game’s creator, Neil Druckmann, and Chernobyl’s showrunner, Craig Mazin, a combination that suggested it might buck the trend of video games reworked into another format. (Thirty years on, the Super Mario Bros film is still cited as a cautionary tale.)
Within the first minute of HBO’s The Last of Us, it’s immediately clear that this series isn’t going to be a straightforward 1-1 adaptation of the beloved video game. Its cold opening builds out the story behind the origin of the virus that will act as a catalyst for everything else to come in a talk show scene more akin in tone to something out of showrunner Craig Mazin’s Chernobyl. It sets the stage perfectly for newcomers – giving all-too-relatable pandemic context – while also providing nourishment for viewers well-versed in the game. It’s an ethos repeated throughout the series premiere, which acts as a brilliant new entry point into the world of The Last of Us.
The series premiere achieves two key things: it sets up the world that we’ll spend the following eight episodes in, and establishes Joel as the complex character he is. When we meet him in Texas 20 years prior to the main events, the centre of his world is his daughter Sarah, portrayed charmingly by Nico Parker. The initial stretch of Sarah’s story offers up snapshots of life before the impending pandemic seen through her inquisitive teenage eyes – granting us a deeper connection with her before we’re suddenly torn apart later in the episode. These early scenes do a fantastic job of not only relating us to a once familiar world, but also to the key paternal relationship of Joel and Sarah – both contextualising key information in an impressively emotional way
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