Bad Blood

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - GUIDE -

Tom Hanks’s char­ac­ter in said that nearly any of life’s ques­tions could be an­swered by at­ten­tive view­ing of The God­fa­ther. Like that cin­ema clas­sic, to which it harkens, this sprawl­ing se­ries takes age-old, al­most Shake­spearean, themes of be­trayal and love and in­ter­weaves them with some rol­lick­ing crime drama.

A huge hit in its na­tive Canada (where it was also filmed), the first sea­son is based on the 2015 book Busi­ness or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Riz­zuto’s Last War, by An­to­nio Ni­caso and Peter Ed­wards; a drama­ti­sa­tion of the rise and fall of the real-life Riz­zuto crime fam­ily, a Mon­treal-based mafia or­gan­i­sa­tion.

It tells the story of the may­hem that breaks loose in the city af­ter the pa­tri­arch of the Riz­zuto fam­ily is sent to prison — like Hobbes’s ‘iron fist’ — his pres­ence kept a host of other un­de­sir­ables in check.

There is plenty of ac­tion, vi­o­lence and it

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