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Mar 23, 2018 Web Exclusive
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Trust is the latest marquee show from FX, the home to many of the best marquee shows. Executive produced by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), the show tells the saga of the extremely rich and extremely odd Getty family. Boyle directed the three episodes available for review, and it's immediately clear that FX spent a lot of money. From the mostly terrific castDonald Sutherland! Hilary Swank! Brendan Fraser!to the music (someone shelled out Zeppelin money) to the location, the show crackles with every trick in Boyle's book.

Boyle seems to want to position Trust as a kind of American, capitalist tragedy (the part where Sutherland explains the business to his grandson is a highlight of the series), and if the show continues in its examination of the rot of wealth, it may just have a lot to say to this moment in history. Season one of a planned five seasons tackles the famous Getty kidnapping (as also covered in the recent Ridley Scott movie All the Money in the World). The storytelling conceits mostly succeed, though the parts taking place on the Getty estate are much more interesting than the parts tracking the actual kidnapped Getty III (a constantly surprised-looking Harris Dickinson). Trust's early episodes show some promise, though it remains to be seen if the story will take off to the level of other FX dramas. (  

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