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‘The Consultant’ Review: Work is Hell

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The Consultant (★★☆☆☆) falls in line with this era of TV dramas, trying to go a step above the rest to craft something worthwhile, but whether it achieves any of this is a different story.Created by Tony Basgallop, who previously helmed the Apple TV+ series Servant alongside M.

Night Shyamalan, the dark thriller (which alleges it is also a comedy) stars Christoph Waltz as Regus Patoff, a sociopathic consultant who takes over Comp Ware, a successful mobile game company, after the CEO is killed by a “devil-possessed” kid obsessed with the company’s games.Quickly forced to abide by Patoff’s strange and demanding requests, the Comp Ware employees, unable to afford to quit, suffer through Patoff’s quirks and increasingly strange demands.

Among those is Elaine Hayman (Brittany O’Grady), a former assistant who becomes a liaison for Patoff and the disgruntled employees and Craig Horne (Nat Wolff), a coder dealing with relationship problems at home, who becomes a target of his new boss.In the chaos following their boss’s murder, Elaine and Craig wonder just exactly how Patoff came to power, setting them down a dark rabbit hole to discover what’s really going on.

Soon, Patoff becomes entangled in their lives, with questions and strange occurrences piling up. Kidnapping amputee victims, gold human bones, and elephants all show up during the season.The Consultant tries to set itself up as a mystery, thriller, black comedy, and social commentary vehicle.

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