Five Days at Memorial season 1 review


Cornelius Smith Jr. delivers the best performance of his career Five days at the monument is a heartbreaking look at one of the greatest catastrophes of our generation.

There are no spoilers in this review of the Apple TV+ series Five Days at Memorial Season 1.

When I first turned it on Five Days MemorialI wasn’t sure what to expect from the series. They have this story of one of the most traumatic times of this generation, and unpacking it all and understanding that the things we are about to see are real was not an easy pill to swallow.

Five Days Memorial is a miniseries based on the 2013 book by Sheri Frink. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Devastated Hospital. The show was written and directed by John Ridley and Carlton Cuse. Starring Vera Farmiga, Adepero Oduye and Cornelius Smith Jr.

As this series begins, John Ridley’s execution with the pilot is out of this world. They are engulfed in this insane chaos of this hospital as they prepare for another major hurricane. Now the magnitude of what lay ahead was not yet present, but seeing everyone’s eyes twitch and cross their T’s brought that level of fascination with what lay ahead. From the pilot to the last moments of the credits, Ridley and Cuse never let up.

It’s interesting to watch a series like this because you know some of them are going to be “Hollywoodized” to bring that extra drama. However, you look between those blurred lines and you see a real history of a real hospital with real doctors, and it gets downright terrifying. This could happen again at any time and hundreds of lives could be changed forever. Cuse and Ridley knew what they had in terms of story and were able to capitalize on it by playing with the audience’s emotions.

I could rant and rave about the incredible writing, but I would be insane, let alone the acting on this show. Honestly, there isn’t a bad performance in this whole show. It starts at the top with Vera Farmiga doing an incredible job in the back half of these episodes. Despite this, Cornelius Smith Jr. delivers a career-best performance on the show. He stands out with this intense sense of vulnerability while delivering some genuinely raw emotional moments. I was blown away by his work.

My biggest concern for the entire series was that it would exceed its eight-episode welcome, and it didn’t do that one bit. Each episode has a rhythm and a reason in its storytelling that engages you in what lies ahead.

Overall, you won’t want to miss this series. Apple TV+ continues to deliver at a different level than these streaming platforms. Five days at the monument is easily one of the best shows of 2022, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this being talked about in the next Emmy season.

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