It was all for nothing.
I enjoy a good tragic revenge story, and I enjoy a good tragic crime drama, so 91 Days was right up my alley. Set in a fictional American town during the prohibition, a young man receives a letter containing the names of the people who killed his family, and ends up infiltrating the Vanetti mafia family to get his revenge.
There’s a lot that 91 Days does right. Take the relationship between Avilio and Nero Vanetti for example. As Don Vanetti’s son, Nero was there when Avilio’s family was murdered. But Avilio needs him in order to get closer to Nero’s father, and so they end up spending a lot of time together. On one hand, Avilio remains unwavering in his quest for revenge, but on the other hand the friendship that develops between the two is more than just an act. It does a good job at showing the struggle within Avilio, without telling you exactly how he feels. You can never be completely sure if what he’s saying is genuine, and he’s more interesting that way.
I also appreciated that Avilio doesn’t rely on some overcomplicated masterplan that requires everything to go exactly his way. He takes things one step at a time. His cleverness shows itself in how he deals with a constantly changing situation. It’s a lot better than having a character just claim that he predicted everything all along.
A common theme in stories about revenge is that it consumes you, and leaves you empty even if you do succeed. 91 Days is no exception in that regard. By the end of the story, everything is in flames. Avilio got what he wanted, the Vanettis got what they deserved, and nobody is happy. But the ending is ambiguous, and leaves some room for hope. It’s not exactly how I expected the story to end, but it was fitting.
And most of all, it’s just an engaging show to watch. There’s multiple plot twists and cliffhangers along the way to keep you hooked, but it never gets too convoluted. It keeps up the pace without rushing. There might be a few parts that could’ve been done better, but overall there’s not much to criticize.