The Night Manager Review

The Night Manager Review

Expectations could not be higher for AMC’s newest limited series, The Night Manager. Based on a novel by John le Carré and starring Hugh Laurie (House), Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), on paper The Night Manager looks to have too much going fro it to fail. And, while I wouldn’t call its premiere episode a failure by any means, it also didn’t quite equal the sum of its parts.

The Night Manager is told from the perspective of, well a night manager. Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston), to be exact, who happens to be working at a hotel in Cairo during the 2011 protests and Arab Srping uprisings. Through a series of convoluted events Pine attracts the attention of Sophie Aleken (Aure Atika), who also happens to the mistress of a very dangerous man. Sophie hands over incriminating papers that show a massive amount of weapons sold to her lover from fellow Brit, Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie). Pine in turn hands these papers over to the British government who do absolutely nothing with them, despite the earnest attempts of Angela Burr (Olivia Colman), besides let Sophie get killed.

Fast forward four years, Pine is now working in the equally picturesque Zurich and who should show up, but Richard Roper. Pine contacts Burr, the only person who is also still haunted by the events in Cairo and the two team up to take foen Roper once and for all.

So yes, this story has all the trappings of a great spy thriller; it is le Carré after all. Unfortunately, because its le Carré that also means its pretty dense. There was a lot of exposition to get through in order to set up the rest of the series. And, because this first episode was only concerned with getting all this exposition out of the way, somethings felt extremely rushed to the point of not making much sense. Case in point, why on earth Pine allowed himself to get swept along by Sophie. I’m sure in the book it’s much clearer, but in the limited span of a television episode that still had a lot to explain, the reasonings were left vague. However, now that all the set up is out of the way, there is every indication that the story will sort itself out.

Final Verdict: Its intriguing enough to keep watching, but if it continues to falter in its pacing then also keep watching, but only for Tom Hiddleston.

*The Night Manager airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on AMC. 


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