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Don’t miss NBC’s latest crime drama.

 

Do you feel secure? All the doors may be locked and the windows closed but at the end of the day do you still feel secure? What about your exit strategy? If something was to occur, do you have a way out? If you’ve answered “no” to any of these questions, or even if you’re unsure about your answer, then you need to meet Alex Cane, a security expert who will expose your false sense of safety in a matter of seconds.

 

 

When terrorists plan to the kill a prince he’s there, out-thinking the best of the best. No building is too high or window is too small. But there’s always someone better and, unfortunately for Cane, he discovered this while his ex-wife lay bleeding on their bedroom floor.

 

 

Welcome to The Player, NBC’s upcoming action-packed Las Vegas thriller that follows a former military operative-turned-security expert who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out.

 

 

Framed for the murder of his wife, Cane decides to take the case into his own hands by breaking out of police custody, but soon discovers that a lack of resources and the police hunting him down are making it damn near impossible. This is until he meets a mysterious blonde who has been tracking him from the very beginning in order to make him an offer he can’t refuse.

 

 

Working alongside this blonde named Cassandra King is Mr. Johnson, a questionable Pit Boss who runs this secret organization. With their resources of unlimited access (money, cars, guns,) they offer Cane a chance to catch his wife’s killer and, using his skills, solve a bunch of other high-stake dilemmas.

 

 

Even though this is a tempting offer, there is a downside to this proposal. If Cane agrees to this arrangement, it would mean he belongs to the pair for life; doing whatever they say, when they say it. So what’s in it for Mr. Johnson and Cassandra? Simple: money. Or at least that’s what we think.  To them this is a game, a rather profitable underground one that draws the attention of high-rollers; the kind who would find an outing at a Vegas table rather boring. They dump millions of dollars into whether not or Cane can solve the crime and not die while attempting to do so.

 

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Using his expert security skills, Cane will have to predict crime, not in the form of Minority Report where you can literally see it before it happens, but psychologically predict what a person will do and how they will do it. The key is to never influence that crime.

 

 

Sounds simple, right? The Player and this game are far from simple; it is a layered, complex drama that is a thrill ride from beginning to end. Part Grand Theft Auto, The Fugitive and part Fast and Furious, this is a show that will pump energy directly into your veins, and when it’s over, you’ll come back strung out begging for more.

 

 

Straight out of paying his taxes, Wesley Snipes is back and this show is his playground. As Mr. Johnson, he is captivating and invigorating. Stealing every scene he’s in, he exudes strength and personality but manages to never lose his sense of humor. While his character is unknown and asks more questions than it answers, Snipes makes you feel not only comfortable but that you should be honored to even be in the same room as him. You can’t help but to root for him even though he’s not someone you should even care about.

 

 

Taking the lead is Philip Winchester, who could easily become the next Jason Statham. Whether it’s swinging from ropes or handling the fastest of cars, Winchester takes command of his role with a sense of fluidity. When it comes down to those scenes when he’s stripped bare, such as watching his wife die and not being able to do anything about it, you’re able to see the helplessness of the character. In the wrong hands, this character could easily fall into the trapping of being one-note, thankfully for us the right person was cast.

 

 

Rounding out the cast is Charity Wakefield as Cassandra, Mr. Johnson’s right-hand woman and Damon Gupton as Cane’s former partner who is now on the hunt to bring him in. Once again, the chemistry is rather apparent from the beginning. Wakefield gives off a sense of arrogance. Combined with her English accent, it is easy to write off her character as unlikable but there’s something there, a sense of frailty revealed in the very last seconds of the show that lets you know she’s actually vested in Cane.  Gupton is dealing with a complex issue, struggling with whether he should aid his best friend or do his job by turning him in. No matter what his decision is, he is always hesitant about his actions, constantly thinking about each of his options.

 

 

While The Player is fun, it’s not without its faults. To start with, the show is drowning in monologues and suffers from not finding a balance between the action sequences and when it’s time to educate the audience. In addition, the action sequences, while enjoyable, are completely ridiculous and, at times, become a constant reminder of how nonsensical the plot actually is.

 

 

However, despite these flaws, The Player has a very strong ability to be a hit for NBC. Arrogant, funny and over-the-top, it’s unapologetic. But that’s what makes it such a turn-on.

 

Created By: John Rogers, John Fox

Produced By: John Rogers, Jenn Court, John Davis, John Fox, Bharat Nalluri

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Philip Winchester, Charity Wakefield, Damon Gupton

Distributed By: Sony Pictures Television

Run Time: 45 Minutes

Release Date: September 24, 2015

About The Author

Dana Abercrombie
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Former genius and a woman of mystery and power, whose power is exceeded only by her mystery, Dana Abercrombie has been watching since birth (yes birth...we did say "genius"). Despite her secret desire of wanting to give it all up to become a gorgeous billionaire, Dana is most passionate about films often times getting in many heated debates resulting in being thrown out of many gatherings. Despite having a degree in English AND Journalism (multi-tasking FTW!) from the University at Albany-SUNY, she is currently interested in perusing a degree at Yale Law School, because one should never give up on a dream of becoming a gorgeous billionaire...and knowing how to sue someone as a result of those heated debates.