Review of the series Under the Bridge: between fiction and reality

Review of the series Under the Bridge: between fiction and reality

Available only on the Hulu platform initially, the Under the Bridge series is also arriving on Disney Plus in Canada. The series is based on the book Rebecca Godfrey. This one tells the true story of fourteen-year-old Reena Virk, who went to join friends at a party and never returned home. Mixing fiction and reality, does this new production succeed in hooking us to our screen? The answer in this full review!


Start date : May 8, 2024
Creation: Quinn Shephard
Direction : Kevin Phillips, Quinn Shephard, Catherine Hardwicke, Nimisha Mukerji, Geeta Vasant Patel and Dinh Thai
Main actors : Lily Gladstone, Vritika Gupta and Chloe Guidry
Gender : Crime and Drama
Number of episodes: 8 episodes

The True Story of Reena Virk

Without realizing it, you may already know the story of the real Reena Virk. His murder was widely covered across the country, particularly in Canada. This tragedy took place in 1997 in British Columbia. The Under the Bridge series is not only based on the facts of this story, but also on the book written by author Rebecca Godfrey. Even though she unfortunately died before filming began, the author participated extensively in the adaptation of her book and her story. A dark storyline that is told in an excellent way. If there are many names that have been changed and the addition of the character of the policewoman, we are entitled to an adaptation which collects a lot of details. This is undoubtedly the strength of the series which offers a scenario which perfectly borders the line between reality and fiction.

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I also appreciated the Under the Bridge series’ respect for the facts it deals with. When making fiction based on reality, it’s often easy to make fun of it or go a little too far. I didn’t have that feeling this time. No matter the character, everyone is entitled to their version of the facts. Editing also plays a vital role, especially if we don’t know the tragedy.

The period of adolescence

Without revealing anything, Under the Bridge therefore highlights Reena Virk. A 14-year-old girl who, like many teenagers, is trying to fit in and make friends. She faces her parents’ expectations, but also her own desires to rebel. The series looks at the problems of bullying among young people and the difficulty for many children of immigrants to find their place in a predominantly white society. Behind every violence there is a human who has their own reasons for doing so. Everything is not black or white. There are many gray areas and the series addresses these perfectly. We end up becoming attached to or recognizing ourselves in certain characters who nevertheless commit irreparable acts.

A young cast

The vast majority of roles in the series Under the Bridge are played by very young actors and actresses. However, this in no way diminishes the overall performance at the distribution level. Vritika Gupta also had fears about playing the role of a person who really existed and who suffered the actions decried in the series. However, I have to take my hat off to him for his brilliant performance. On the other hand, I must also highlight the excellent work of Chloe Guidry. The character she plays, Josephine Bell, is undoubtedly one of the most difficult. However, the young woman stands out from the rest of the cast. It should also be noted the presence of Lily Gladstone who brings a certain sweetness to this tragedy. Riley Keough accompanies us throughout this adaptation in order to make sense of the impact that author Rebecca Godfrey had on this entire story.

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Other cast members of the Under the Bridge series also include Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton (Umbrella Academy), Izzy G. (AJ and the Queen), Ezra Faroque Khan (Doctor Strange), Aiyana Goodfellow (The Outlaws), Archie Panjabi (I Origins), Matt Craven (X-Men), Daniel Diemer (Little Brother), Isabella Leon (Mani), Maya Da Costa, Arta Negahban, Anoop Desai (What We Do in the Shadows) and much more more.

Verdict on Under the Bridge

The series Under the Bridge deals with a painful subject for the British Columbia region, but also for the victim’s family. It is never easy to achieve this kind of adaptation correctly and I believe that this time it was done in the right way. Although there are some lengths and certain scenes that are a little less interesting, the series manages to capture our attention from start to finish. Be careful though, it is not always easy to follow the episodes one after the other, especially if you are a person sensitive to certain subjects that the series deals with.