Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Timothy Hutton brings just the right does of personality and solidity to Leverage (TNT, Sunday, 10:00 PM), a capricious modern day Robin Hood tale, wrapped up in the mechanics of the caper genre. Hutton plays an ex-insurance investigator, given to drinking, grieving the loss of his son, and angered at the insurance company that did him wrong. He puts together a team of crooks consisting of an attractive con artist (Gina Bellman), a laid back tough guy (Christian Kane), a computer hacker (Aldis Hodge), and an upscale thief (Beth Riesgraf), and together they drum up a full-scale con, exchanging sideways looks and petulant quips all along as they grab back the bacon from the pigs of the week. It’s a predictable paint-by-numbers hour, with a decent comic tone, easy and breezy, pleasantly forgettable. I’ve always enjoyed Timmy Boy’s work, and the intelligence and ease he seems to bring to it, but this is a mere popcult trifle, neither dramatically substantive or wickedly entertaining, not even registering enough to fight its way to the back-up DVR list.