Choona 2023 / A uniquely told heist series that has its focus in all the wrong places


As far as heist stories go, Choona gets points for placing so much importance on the act of getting its team together. The first two episodes watched for this review don’t advance forward in plot as much as they pivot from one point of view to another around the same moments in time. Unfortunately, because the series is so particular about its own structure, it loses sight of the reasons why we should be emotionally invested in the heist in the first place. There is a world of gang violence sketched out in these early episodes, but little sense of what’s actually at stake. And with the show’s over-reliance on voiceover narration, Choona sucks the tension out of its plot, as this seemingly omniscient voice constantly keeps us at a distance.

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