Red Widow

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 9pm, Seven Can you be a stay-at-home San Fran­cisco mum from a Rus­sian crime fam­ily with a hiplook­ing hus­band who deals drugs for a liv­ing and not know any­thing about the busi­ness? Did be­ing a high school chem­istry teacher stop Walt White from be­com­ing a drug dealer in Break­ing Bad? Though Red Widow is not quite in the same league, it packs a ter­rific punch. Radha Mitchell is sen­sa­tional as Marta Wal­raven, the ‘‘ red widow’’ of the ti­tle. When her hus­band, Evan (An­son Mount), is gunned down in the drive­way of their home in front of their deeply trau­ma­tised young son, she must pick up the pieces of the busi­ness and very quickly learn how to be a top-notch crim. Her am­bi­tious brother Irwin Petrov (Wil Traval) has dumped her in it by au­da­ciously steal­ing prod­uct from pow­er­ful and vin­dic­tive druglord Ni­cholae Schiller (Go­ran Vis­njic). When the haul goes miss­ing Schiller holds her re­spon­si­ble and threat­ens her fam­ily if she doesn’t com­ply with his de­mands. As in Break­ing Bad, against a back­drop of reg­u­lar do­mes­tic­ity, Marta must live a sec­ond life in a deadly web of crime. Highly rec­om­mended.

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