Premiered: April 28, 2022
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Gil Birmingham, Adelaide Clemens, Sandra Seacat, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Billy Howle, Wyatt Russell, Chloe Pirrie, Sam Worthington, Denise Gough, Seth Numrich, Rory Culkin, Christopher Heyerdahl, Megan Leitch, Taylor St. Pierre, Darren Goldstein, Andrew Burnap, Tyner Rushing, Scott Michael Campbell, Nicholas Carella, Barclay Hope, Rohan Mead, Dean Paul Gibson & Daniel Libman
Based on real-life murders, Under the Banner of Heaven is a well-acted true crime drama that gives insight to the beginning of the Mormon religion.
After Brenda Lafferty (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and her daughter are murdered, Latter Day Saint Detective Jeb Pyre (Andrew Garfield) and Paiute Detective Bill Taba (Gil Birmingham) begin to investigate the well-known Lafferty family of Utah’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Captivating performances from an ensemble cast are given throughout. Amongst the standouts are Wyatt Russell and Sam Worthington as Lafferty brothers descending into madness through their religion and Denise Gough and Chloe Pirrie as Lafferty wives trying to escape their situation.
Flashbacks to the days of Joseph Smith (Andrew Burnap) and Brigham Young (Scott Michael Campbell) provides important history that connects to the modern story.
Final say: Slow, yet satisfying burn. ★★★★☆