Seven seconds is all it took for Netflix’s new gritty crime drama to grab me by my grey, chocolate stained trackies and pull me in.
From the moment I first watched four New Jersey cops make the decision to leave a 15-year-old black boy to bleed out in the snow, I knew I’d be bingeing Seven Seconds from beginning to end in a single weekend.
The 10-episode series based on the Russian film The Major follows the aftermath of a white police officer and his narcotics unit covering up the fact he ran over Brenton Butler and left him to die.
What starts as a case no one cares about, just another black faceless gang banger, soon becomes a racially fuelled murder investigation when the teenager dies.
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Seven Seconds isn’t a who-dunnit, or a why-dunnit. We know right from the start exactly who committed the crime, how it happened and why.
The hook is, will they be caught?
How will a state prosecutor with a taste for Bombay Sapphire gin and tonics (Clare-Hope Ashitey) and a washed up detective (Michael Mosley) connect the crime back to police corruption? And if they can, will the Butlers get the justice they deserve?