Perdida (Stolen Away) season 1 review – Netflix series shows a father on a mission

October 23, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

Perdida shows a man on a mission to save his daughter in a gritty, dark underworld with a story that manages to maintain the pace.

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3.5

Summary

Perdida shows a man on a mission to save his daughter in a gritty, dark underworld with a story that manages to maintain the pace.

This review of Netflix’s Perdida (Stolen Away) season 1 contains no spoilers. The drama thriller came out on the streaming service of October 23, 2020.


People will go to great lengths for their children. Perdida rolls out a story that is steeped in that unparalleled parental love, following a man that has stripped away his life to do so. And it’s understandable; a parent’s bond with their child is incomparable. Antonio, the father, feels staying at home, he feels he has to do something. When his daughter was kidnapped right under his nose, that compulsion to do something takes over. That dying need to ensure that his daughter is loved by him again.

Perdida sells the gritty life that Antonio has to embrace; purposefully placing himself into the prison system so he can track the kidnapper himself. There’s this bloodthirsty revenge feel to the series, but there’s also a tinge of hope that if the kidnapper is found, so is Antonio’s daughter. The Netflix series presents many logistical issues and complications for Antonio, and also a lawyer named Angelita, who has a strong hunch for a man that did not need to find a way to imprison himself.

Netflix’s Perdida toils with a parent’s love while also intoxicating the story with crime and a disregard for human life. The mantra is “Life is not fair” and it certainly isn’t for a nuclear family that had all the happiness in the world. That brings an immeasurable grimness to the story where saving a daughter is a heroic feat, but where the characters are compounded by time lost — each second that passes is a tragedy in itself.

The Netflix series does revel in the anticipation — there are plentiful of moments where an obstacle is thrown and it prolongs that tension in Antonio getting closer to the truth. Coupled with Angelita and a drug trafficking subplot, there is a story to enjoy here in 11 chapters. Can I just add that 11 chapters is a rather odd number? I wonder if they ran out of narrative room in the 10th episode and decided to trigger an eleventh. Either way, Perdida season 1 is worth a shout on a relatively quiet Netflix weekend.

Perdida shows a man on a mission to save his daughter in a gritty, dark underworld with a story that manages to maintain the pace.


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