'Hell on Wheels' review: A slow ride but a lovely view


AMC has delivered some of the most compelling and intellectual dramas on television in recent years with "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead." The network is now seeking to add another program to that line-up with the series "Hell on Wheels."The show focuses on the construction of the transcontinental railroad in post-Civil War America. And with this new America comes the challenges of integration, reconciliation and Westward expansion. It's an ambitious objective that sometimes delivers and sometimes goes a bit off track.The main character is Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount), a former Confederate soldier who is looking to start a new life while seeking to avenge his wife's murder. Hip-hop artist Common joins the cast as Elam Ferguson, a recently-freed slave who finds that life after the Emancipation Proclamation isn't significantly different than it was before. The rail building effort is run by Thomas "Doc" Durant (Colm Meaney), a corrupt businessman who is more...



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