Citadel, Amazon’s latest spy thriller series, is directed by David Weil and produced by the Russo brothers of Marvel fame. The much-awaited series stars our very own Priyanka Chopra and the “King in the North” from GoT, Richard Madden in lead roles. Interestingly, the series is the second most expensive show on OTT with a whopping budget of $300 million. It is an engaging spy thriller, but does it have what it takes to be in the top league? Read our review of Citadel to find out.
An interesting story that is engaging so far
Citadel is a spy agency that is spread all across the globe and is committed to the safety of the public. And its two top agents, Mason Kane (Richard Madden) and Nadia Sinh (Priyanka Chopra), are on a mission to catch some bad guys. But they are double-crossed and compromised during the mission and their memories are wiped clean. There is no trace of their existence anywhere with all their records rendered nonexistent. But when, eight years later, Citadel finds an active record of the two, they try to trace them before Manticore does. Manticore is a nefarious organisation that aims to burn Citadel to the ground. And currently, they are trying to access some important Citadel case files that could destroy nations and lead to global catastrophe. But will Mason and Nadia get to the information before Manticore gets its dirty paws on it? With only the first two episodes out, we can only guess for now.
Citadel feels flat in bits and pieces
Being a spy thriller with a budget like that, Citadel should have a bit more depth and wow moments. But it feels flat in places. The storyline lacks details on the back stories of the main leads in the first two episodes which can make it a little tough to connect to either of them. And even though there are long action sequences in the series, it is nothing out of the box. But Priyanka and Richard’s chemistry might come as a pleasant surprise to the audience which is an engaging point in the show.
The first two episodes are not bad at all. Don’t expect to be blown away though. There are a couple of moments that might feel worthy of appreciation, but so far, that’s it. With secret agencies and spy organisations running after each other, there are guaranteed action-packed sequences. But they aren’t too impactful, original, or mind-blowing which can be a bit disappointing for the audience.
Citadel review: Final thoughts
Citadel is made for the sole purpose of pleasing a global audience and casting Priyanka Chopra as the main lead was a good move. Because seeing the desi girl throwing some action moves and playing a top-notch spy is a sight for sore eyes. The series isn’t a bad watch and you can easily binge the first two episodes in one go. So, if you’re looking for an interesting spy thriller, this could make for an entertaining watch. And with a cast like PC, Richard Madden, Stanley Tucci, and Lesley Manville, you can expect some seriously good acting even without a crisp storyline.
Can you watch Citadel with your family?: Yes, you can. The first two episodes feature mild intimacy and show kissing only.
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