John Gillispie: ‘Mosaic’ has a myriad of mystery
Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on the HBO miniseries “Mosaic,” which is available in six episodes on DVD. Important note: this review is based on the miniseries as presented on DVD, not any interactive version of the miniseries.
Sharon Stone puts in a strong acting performance in the entertaining “Mosaic” as Olivia Lake, the creator of a successful children’s book who makes her home in Utah.
Olivia is attracted to a young artist named Joel (Garrett Hedlund), and she sets him up with a place to live on her estate only to be disappointed to discover that he has a girlfriend.
At about the same time, she is approached by Eric (Fred Weller), who has been hired to talk Olivia into selling her property because unknown to her its mineral rights are worth a fortune. Olivia and Eric begin a romantic affair and it appears that Eric may truly be in love. However, when he tells Olivia why he first approached her in an effort to move forward, she does not react well and refuses to believe that he loves her. And this confrontation takes place not long after she has had an argument with Joel.
This is where the mystery element of “Mosaic” begins. It would be natural for the viewer to wonder if either Eric or Joel is involved in Olivia’s disappearance and possible death, as local authorities including Alan (Beau Bridges) and Nate (Devin Ratray) investigate. One of the two men in Olivia’s life is arrested and sentenced to prison, yet a relative (Jennifer Ferrin) begins to believe that her brother is innocent and reaches out to Nate, who has never felt convinced that her brother was guilty either.
Paul Reubens plays Olivia’s devoted friend, and former Huntington resident Michael Cerveris has a key role as one of Olivia’s neighbors. (By the way, Cerveris has a small role in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which I meant to mention in a previous column.)
The viewer must focus on different characters taking over starring roles in “Mosaic” as the intriguing mystery begins to unwind. Yet, by the ending I was not completely convinced that everything is really as it appears. I felt the viewer could accept the outcome as presented or be prepared for additional surprises if the story were ever to continue.
John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art.