Who doesn't love a dark comedy thriller? A show that creates both tension and a few chuckles. That's what you get with The Consultant tv series on Amazon Prime Video.
Starring Christoph Waltz, Brittany O'Grady, and Nat Wolff, this offbeat drama keeps you guessing the whole way through.
But is it even worth worthing? Let's take a deeper dive into what it's all about in The Consultant review…
What Is The Consultant About?
Craig and Elaine are friends who work at CompWare, a gaming company run by creative genius Sang.
When tragedy strikes and Sang is murdered, everybody assumes the workplace will be shut down. Then comes the mysterious consultant, Regus Patoff (Christoph Waltz), who nobody has ever even heard of before.
He moves into Sang's office and, when questioned, produces a signed contract giving him control of the company. Not convinced, Elaine questions Regus' motives and decides to find out as much about him as possible.
And that's when things start to go wrong for Craig and right for Elaine. Because Regus Patoff is not who appears to be. Just exactly who he is, remains to be seen.
But as the employees start to spiral and Craig's life is turned upside down, it quickly becomes clear that to stay on Regus's good side, you have to be prepared to get your hands dirty.
The Consultant Official trailer
Is The Consultant Worth Watching?
Here's my first tip before you watch The Consultant: don't look up anything about the plot or who Regus Patoff is. There are two reasons for that.
The first is that it will spoil the whole show, and the second is because, for some reason, other viewers have slated it entirely, which will also put you off watching.
I actually thought it was quite good. Christoph Waltz's menacing charm oozes from the screen. One minute he's all smiles; the next, he looks like he could go on a murderous rampage.
Brittany O'Grady (The White Lotus) is excellent as a young ambitious woman who realises that if she pays the game, she can get ahead, all the while trying to maintain some sort of moral compass.
Nat Wolff is equally as good as a man who just wants to have a nice life but keeps getting drawn into Regus's web of craziness until he himself starts to spiral.
And, of course, while it is a thriller, it also has a vaguely supernatural twist that goes someway to answering any questions you may have.
There is a major downside, however. The tension builds really well from the first episode, it reels you in, and you never know which way the show is going to go. But when the credits roll on the last of the eight episodes, you are left thinking, ‘was that it??'
There's a resolution of sorts, but what exactly the whole point of The Consultant is, is still a mystery. It is based on the novel of the same name by Bentley Little, so maybe the clues are there.
I get the questions the show is trying to ask – how far will you go to get what you want? What are you willing to do to save your own skin? It's that the answers are a little unsatisfying.
Cast of the Amazon Show
Christoph Waltz as Regus Patoff, a mysterious consultant who takes over a gaming company
Nat Wolff as Craig Horne, a coder who distrusts Patoff
Brittany O'Grady as Elaine Hayman, an ambitious young woman who's afraid of losing her job
Aimee Carrero as Patti, Craig's fiancée
Brian Yoon as Sang, the CEO of CompWare
Michael Charles Vaccaro as Iain
Dianne Doan as Ghislane
Jake Manley as Patrice
Gloria John as Mama Sang