Prepare yourself for an intense hour at Imprisoned; this very dark show doesn’t shy away from heavy issues and will probably make your skin crawl.
Should you see it?
I must admit, I didn’t expect Imprisoned to be as intense of an experience as it was. After a long, meandering opening monologue, Jeff Lefebvre drops the bomb – our main character, Salvatore, is a child molester. However, he’s convinced that he’s saving children that have been abandoned by the world and their families. Meanwhile, police officer Tom, played by Doug Phillips, tries to uncover Salvatore’s connection with multiple missing children.
Imprisoned is an interesting look at a really intense topic and has several moments that are insanely uncomfortable. Nothing here is black and white. Jeff Lefebvre finds a nice balance in his performance, going from normal to creepily insane from one scene to the next in a believable way.
However, I did have some problems with the script. First of all, Allie Bell employed one of my dialogue pet peeves for Salvatore; he does not use contractions. Second, Salvatore’s name and frequent Spanish language outbursts lead me to believe this character was supposed to be Spanish. I cringed internally a little every time Lefebvre exclaimed a phrase in heavily accented Spanish, because it seemed so out of left field.
Imprisoned does have some powerful, punch-to-the-gut moments, although it cushions those moments between too much talk. I feel like this show might necessitate a trigger warning because I had no idea based on the description in the program that the subject was going to be so uncomfortable. This one is not for the faint of heart.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d like to know what you think. Tell me in the comments below.
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