Aden Young's parolee melodrama is dark, meditative, and compulsively watchable....
Anchor Bay / 272 Minutes / 2013 / Unrated / Street Date: June 18, 2013
If there’s one thing that Rectify: The Complete First Season gets so eerily right, it’s a sense of overwhelming and pervasive dread. Sure, there’s a sense of relief when Daniel Holden (Aden Young) gets release from prison after twenty years, but things here aren’t as simple as just a wrongfully-convicted rapist/killer returning to a world he doesn’t recognize any more: Rectify likes to pepper its narrative with intrigues, but it never fully discloses – it prefers creepy cliffhangers to complete anecdotes.
That plus Rectify’s innately grotesque thematic nuance team up for what should be compulsively enjoyable crime television. When this Complete First Season begins, new DNA evidence is brought into consideration that ends up not only taking Holden off of death row, but it unleashes him back into the free world on a technicality, but not all is right – even though his friends and family attempt to steer him into at least a modicum of normalcy in his new surroundings, there are secrets around every corner here, and each one is riddled with land mines.
Rectify goes a little too far – there are only so many cliffhangers a viewer can stomach before one throws up one’s hands in frustration – but even if this TV-on-DVD set doesn’t contain sensationally accomplished television fare, there are nevertheless some solid nuggets here to enjoy. Young anchors the show with an endearingly haunted charisma, and around every corner, there’s something in Rectify that stands to shock.