After watching Inhuman Resources, it’s fair to say 6 episode series are often the perfect length for a thriller like this. Adapted from the novel “Cadres Noires” by Pierre Lemaitre, this latest French addition to the Netflix roster offers up a fast paced and thrilling series, loosely based on true events. With some excellent acting from Eric Cantona and the rest of the cast, Inhuman Resources manages to build a lot of tension with each episode, thanks in part to plenty of twists and turns along the way that make this a very easy show to sit and binge through.
The story revolves around Alain Delambre, a former HR manager who has now been unemployed for 6 years. He is only able to find meaningless jobs to eke out a living and struggles to make ends meet. Determined to provide for his family, he accepts a proposition to take part in a staged hostage situation planned by a big corporation. The purpose of the role play is to test the resilience and ability of candidates to act under pressure. With the foundations built early on, the series then follows Alain as he desperately tries to get his life back on track, even if it means hurting the most important people in his life.
With some great characterisation and suspense during each episode, Inhuman Resources really stands out among other crime thrillers out there. The pace and tone remains consistent throughout and is just the right length to avoid fillers unnecessarily bloating the run-time. Adding to this is some solid characterisation for Alain himself as we watch him grow from depressed and unemployed to a man with a plan, ready to manipulate the people around him.
Despite the shady and under-handed tactics he gets involved in, Inhuman Resources does a great job keeping the audience rooting for Alain, regardless of his actions. His character has a very similar journey to that of Walter White in Breaking Bad as we see him start off as a loyal family man down on his luck. When the opportunity arises, he throws away ethics and adopts the criminal route in a desperate attempt to put his life back on track.
Eric Cantona’s performance feels natural and believable throughout and this is a role that feels tailor-made for him. In each episode we see him switch from the present to the past helping to understand early on that he will change and become a different man. The rest of the cast do well in their roles too and all have great chemistry with each other.
The series also tackles some important social issues such as unemployment, the struggle of finding a job after a certain age and the ever-important discussion surrounding mental health. These are depicted very well and while some of the plot beats these become a part of feel a little over the top at times, it’s easy to look past these flaws given how gripping the ride is.
Inhuman Resources is the perfect series to binge-watch over a couple of days, hitting all the right notes to produce a thrilling and enjoyable suspense series. With plenty of twists and turns throughout, Inhuman Resources hooks you in very early on and never looks like relinquishing its grip. There’s no doubt that when it comes to thrillers, this is certainly one of the best this year so far.
Verdict - 8.5/10