On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Thousands of people lost their lives as storm force winds wreaked havoc, leaving emergency services stretched to breaking point. Five Days at Memorial, which hits Apple TV Plus from August 12, gets under the skin of that moment in history, to shed some light on what went down.
With a star-studded cast of character actors including Vera Farmiga (Hawkeye) and Julie Ann Emery (Better Call Saul), this Carlton Cuse-crafted adaptation of the nonfiction Sheri Fink book should be more engaging. With Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years A Slave) also part of the brain trust, every moment of this hospital-based melodrama should be grueling to watch.