Intriguing ‘Person of Interest’ off to a good start
BY LORI RACKL TV Criticemail@example.com September 21, 2011 8:26PM
8 to 9 p.m. Thursdays on WBBM-Channel 2
Updated: November 10, 2011 3:49PM
CBS’ new thriller from J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Fringe”) and Loyola Academy grad Jonathan Nolan (“The Dark Knight”) is built on an intriguing concept: A machine that uses pattern-recognition software and post-9/11 surveillance can identify people who are about to be involved in a violent crime.
We don’t know if the person in question is the would-be victim or perpetrator. We just know he or she is a “person of interest.” It’s up to Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson to figure out who’s who — and then stop the crime from happening.
Emerson (“Lost”) plays Finch, a filthy rich computer guru who persuades a down-and-out former CIA agent named Reese (Caviezel) to join him in his quest for vigilante justice.
The two make an interesting crime-solving duo, Finch being an eccentric genius who limps and Reese being an angry James Bond-type minus the martinis and women.
The first episode unfolds nicely with plenty of suspense and tension. If they can keep it up week after week, they should have no problem holding viewers’ interest.