David Bianculli’s take on Jane Campion’s new TV drama, Top of the Lake, which premieres on the Sundance Channel this evening:
[T]he detective, Robin, is played by Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy on Mad Men. No matter how good you think she is on Mad Men, I suspect you’ll be unprepared for her complicated performance here — and not only because she sports an effective New Zealand accent, but because her character is so rough, so raw and so constantly conflicted.
The pace of Top of the Lake is so deliberate, and the atmosphere so oppressive, that its overall tone is close to the moodiness of the AMC series The Killing. The beautiful but foreboding setting is a strong character here — but the strongest, in addition to the determined women played by Hunter and Moss, is Tui’s father, Matt Mitcham, a local backwoods drug lord played by Peter Mullan.