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Catch-22: Miniseries (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Though not quite as sharp as Joseph Heller's seminal novel, Catch-22's handsomely rendered, hilariously horrifying exploration of war still soars thanks to its stellar cast and reverent adherence to its source material.

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Based on Joseph Heller's seminal novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he'll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.

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Kyle Chandler
as Colonel Cathcart
Martin Delaney
as Sgt Towser
Gerran Howell
as Kid Sampson
Hugh Laurie
as Major de Coverley
Kevin J. O'Connor
as Lt. Colonel Korn
Tessa Ferrer
as Nurse Duckett
Julie Ann Emery
as Marion Scheisskopf
Jay Paulson
as Chaplain Tappman
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All Critics (68) | Top Critics (25)

Abbott is very, very watchable - he proves his leading man status as a charismatic thesp who can be entrusted to carry a weighty project.

June 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Its sense of loss and creeping madness was deftly woven into a narrative that was often laugh-out-loud funny.

June 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a remarkably good-looking, high-quality piece of work all round -- and it returns the story to its historical context.

June 20, 2019 | Full Review…

It is very, very good. Its writers, Luke Davies and David Michôd, have done an incredibly smooth job given the way that, on the page, Heller makes the reader do so much of the work... But on some level, I cannot quite get fully involved with it.

June 19, 2019 | Full Review…

In a tale full of paradoxes, the style is both glossy and visceral, which feels exactly right.

June 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Good (and good-looking) production, but without contemporary relevance, urgency or edge.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…
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