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Feb 23, 2018 Web Exclusive
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Despite the name, McMafia comes with a distinct shortage of Scottish mobsters, and no interest in the competitive world of McDonalds franchising. Hossein Amini and James Watkins' glossy crime thriller is all about location, location, location, and nice suits.

As Alex Godman, London fund manager and son of a Russian exile, James Norton rocks the suit, which is good because we see a lot of it. His descent from respectable capitalist to crime kingpin makes the arc of this BBC/AMC co-production. Norton struggles to carry the show, overdoing his poker face until Alex becomes about as interesting as a block of concrete, but it remains a watchable slice of slow-burn jet setting.

There's plenty of opportunity to jet as well. When Alex's uncle orders a hit that goes wrong, he finds himself drawn into a web stretching across the globe. At first he has vaguely honorable reasons, but as fast as he can kettlebell someone in the face to escape an attack, Alex is breaking bad.

Norton's stony glare, and a supporting cast rarely rising above one-line descriptions don't sink proceedings. Even if this is just The Night Manager cross-pollinated with The Godfather, it produces a decent hybrid. (

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