Paranormal 2020 Tv Show Review Trailer Onlinel
Stars: Ahmed Amin, Reem Abd El Kader, Samma Ibrahim
PARANORMAL is a new Netflix horror series with elements of fantasy and mystery. The story plays out in Egypt but there is plenty of dialogue in English. One of the lead characters is from Scotland (and has that wonderful Scottish dialect) and the main protagonist studied in Edinburg.
Since this Netflix series is an Egyptian production, it does (of course!) include mummies. However, the characters and humor are what made us love this series from the very beginning!
The one thing that immediately drew me to this Netflix series was the lead character. Actually, all the characters are pretty amazing in various ways, but we begin with the lead character. His name is Dr. Refaat Ismail and he has the most awesome use of sarcasm. Both out loud and as internal dialogue which we get to hear.
He also seems to be a quite bitter man even though he is nice to those around him. To be fair, he does introduce his life as being one long list of events that prove Murphy’s Law is very real. He does tend to have extremely bad luck in all kinds of ways. From coffee cups tipping over to the power cutting out. It’s everything with Refaat.
And yet, he is also the one that will make you chuckle – if not outright laugh – when he comments on things. Often very dryly and matter-of-fact in the most honest ways. For example, why would you burn off incense to ward off ghosts? “Do they have asthma?” he wonders out loud at this practice.
Dr. Refaat Ismail is portrayed by Ahmed Amin, who I don’t believe I’ve watched in anything before. However, he is truly brilliant as this character and carries the Netflix series on his very capable shoulders. The character looks so boring but has so much heart (and bitter sarcasm in a very entertaining way) that you can’t help but root for him early on.
Also playing a vital role in Paranormal is Razane Jammal, who you might recognize. Razane Jammal is British-Lebanese and has been working as a model for years but is also an actress. She was in the mini-series Carlos that starred Edgar Ramirez (currently in HBO’s The Undoing) as Carlos the Jackal.
Honestly, it doesn’t matter if you know any of these actors. The story plays out over several decades (all before 1980) so they already look very different in most ways. Also, the characters are so interesting, that you’ll focus on getting to know them without thinking about the actors.
For the record, I adored every single one of the actors in this Netflix series. They all portray characters with heart, guts, humor, and so much integrity that they should be a hit with all viewers.
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This is the first original Netflix series from Egypt and it’s a collaboration that is off to an amazing start. The series is adapted from the best-selling novels written by the late Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, who is recognized as the first contemporary horror and science fiction writer in the Arabic speaking world. He also did the Arabic translation of the book Fight Club.