Based on Kem Nunn's novel, Chance is described as a provocative psychological thriller that focuses on Eldon Chance, a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective. In over his head, Chance's decent into the city's shadowy underbelly, all while navigating the waters of a contentious divorce and the tribulations of his teenage daughter, soon spirals into an ever deepening exploration of one of mankind's final frontiers — the shadowy, undiscovered country of the human mind.
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While it’s easy to root for these young men, Last Chance U is hardly sentimental about why they’re in such a precarious position.The A.V. Club Full Review
It’s a story at once familiar and unique, and most captivating in its portrait of amateur athletic life as a series of constant challenges--in and out of pads--and a gauntlet of ever-present uncertainties.The Daily Beast Full Review
Director Greg Whiteley emphasizing moments of gridiron glory at the expense of diving deeper into the psychology of the athletes. And though that feels like a missed opportunity, it can’t be said that he doesn’t know his audience. For those with a love of the game, this peek inside a premier small college program is a stimulating, singular all-access pass.Boston Globe Full Review
How do you balance the game that you’ve played and loved since a child with the obligation to become an adult? That’s the question that hums through Last Chance U, and the show is cleverly structured in the way that it devotes the final act of at least the two episodes I’ve seen to that week’s game.RogerEbert.com Full Review
Whitely succeeds in the basic goal of Last Chance U, which is to make you care about the success or failure of a JUCO football team in Mississippi. ... Maybe the next four episodes will offer more Scooba, more variations on the redemptive "last chance" theme and perhaps an introduction to a jock willing and able to read "The Most Dangerous Game."The Hollywood Reporter Full Review