I Am The Night
review by Bobby Blakey
I love true stories, especially ones following over the top subject matter. After the success of Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins and star Chris Pine reteamed for the TNT mini-series co-starring India Eisley, Jefferson Mays, Connie Neilson, and Leland Orser. Now the series is coming home with the I Am The Night: Limited Series, but is it worth investigating or will it be a mystery not worth solving?
I Am The Night follows the gripping story of Fauna Hodel, a teenage girl who is given away at birth, and grows up outside of Reno, Nevada. Fauna lives more-or-less comfortably with the mysteries of her origin, until one day she makes a discovery that leads her to question everything. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets of her past, she meets a ruined reporter, haunted by the case that undid him. Together, they follow a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Los Angeles gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel, a man involved in some of Hollywood’s darkest debauchery and possibly its most infamous unsolved crime.
I had been interested in this from the moment I saw the first trailer, but for whatever reason never got around to watching it. Needless to say I was eager to see it and while the first couple of episodes were a bit slow as the story moved forward it amps the mystery and intrigue up to something that is really great. Like most I am sure that there are elements that are embellished or changed from the real life events surrounding the basis of the story, but that doesn’t change that it is really terrifying to some things that were actually happening.
The cast are all great with each bringing that important element to make this story work from innocence to insanity. If you know of this story it isn’t overly surprising in its direction, but still manages to offer up some great twists and turns. There is a great moment late in the series of a major discovery that is perfectly executed to make the viewer be all in and if they don’t know the story all the more great.
This collection offers up all six episodes of the limited series as well as bonus content including featurettes that take you behind bringing this thriller series to life. Grab your copy of I am The Night available now on DVD from Warner Bros. and TNT Home Entertainment.