A Review of the Netflix Series Havoc with Tom Hardy

If you’re anything like me, then you’ve been waiting for the release of the new Netflix series Havoc with Tom Hardy since it was announced at the beginning of the year. It wasn’t until recently that I had time to actually watch it, but boy was it worth the wait! Havoc tells the story of Nick Monroe, an ex-convict who takes on the role of boss of his old gang after returning from prison.

The Plot
For Tom Hardy fans and television buffs alike, 2017 has been a bountiful year for award-winning performances. From his gruff portrayal of James Delaney in Taboo to Mad Max in Fury Road and Venom in Spiderman: Homecoming, Hardy has proven time and again that he is an actor to watch. Yet, it was a little-known show on Netflix called Havoc (2012) that showed audiences just how good he really is.

The Characters
The title character, Alonzo (Tom Hardy), is a mixed-race New York detective for whom race doesn’t seem to be a problem in his work life. He does not hesitate to arrest a white guy when he sees fit and interacts cordially, if aggressively, with his African American partner. When it comes to personal relationships, however, race complicates things.

The Cast
Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf star in a series that feels less like an action show and more like a horror movie. This gritty show isn’t for everyone, but if you love gritty, dark shows—like The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones—you’ll love Havoc.

When it Premiered
The series officially premiered on May 4, 2019. The first episode dropped on May 10. The second was released on June 7 and followed shortly after by episodes 3-8 which were all released together in July.

The Reviews
Havoc is a 5-part crime drama on Netflix starring, who else, but Tom Hardy. While some may think that Hardy’s role in The Dark Knight Rises was his breakout performance, I believe it was his character in a little-known movie called Locke that really got him noticed. In Locke, Hardy shows off his acting chops as he plays an entire movie alone behind the wheel of a car. The movie follows him as he gets in trouble for speeding and then decides to call everyone on his speed dial phone list one by one to tell them about it – which ends up being a heart-wrenching tale of love and betrayal that leaves us with more questions than answers at its conclusion.

How to Watch it if you Missed it!
The first season of Havoc is available on Netflix, and all eight episodes are definitely worth watching. If you find yourself needing a guide to get through it, we’ve got you covered. It follows an elite group of officers – played by Martin Freeman (Fargo), Vicky McClure (This Is England), and Alex Hassell (The Imitation Game) – in London’s Metropolitan Police Service as they try to bring down organized crime boss Jimmy Knight after their secret operation goes wrong. It only debuted on June 17th, so there’s still time to binge-watch it if you don’t want to wait for season two later in 2019!

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