Although the plot may seem dense and unnecessarily cryptic to begin with, there is plenty to be admired in The Last Hour. In a market cluttered with serials of every hue, it dares to venture into the never-never world of North Eastern theology, cracking the code of a gripping crime thriller while it moves along at a pace that is never too pressing but always vigilant of the brusque momentum required by the thriller genre.

There are many reasons to watch the new series on Amazon Prime. The Last Hour is a sum-total of many things. It is a serial-killer thriller with an assassin with supernatural powers named Yama Nadu (played by Robin Tamang) pestering his young victims with the help of a henchman named Thapa (Lanukam Ao). The ruthlessness of this deadly duo is appalling. But bearable because at the other end of the band this is a love story between the man who can see into afterlife and a vulnerable shaken young woman Pari (Shaylee Kishen) who has lately lost her mother (Raima Sen, in a ghost appearance) and probably doesn’t see much of her workaholic father (Sanjay Kapoor, looking more like a prosperous entrepreneur than a cop).

How the bloodshed and romance ultimately conjoin is the core of this voyage into the unknown. The narrative cloaks its shapely limbs around the picturesque locations, navigating the plot through a maze of events and action which involve cops and corpses. Many of the roles are played by talented North Eastern actors who infuse a large dose of authenticity to the proceedings.

The Last Hour might not succeed as great entertainment. But it is a bold and often hasty departure from the norm. And it opens up a window into a world where we rarely dare to gamble.


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