‘Ray Donovan: The Movie’ follows the titular fixer (Liev Schreiber) as he grapples together with his father’s fixed (and harmful) seek for “an angle” to get wealthy. The mission finds our hero returning to Boston to confront Mickey Donovan, solely issues don’t go as deliberate. The movie additionally delves into Ray’s origin story, giving us a glimpse of a pivotal level in his relationship together with his father.
The film comes on the heels of an abruptly canceled ‘Ray Donovan’ season 8 and primarily picks up from season 7. But what occurs in between? Is there a time bounce between the sequence and the film? Let’s take a more in-depth have a look at the place ‘Ray Donovan: The Movie’ falls on the Donovan household saga’s timeline. SPOILERS AHEAD.
When is Ray Donovan: The Movie Set?
‘Ray Donovan: The Movie’ is set throughout two time durations — one being the “present-day” and the opposite being a flashback from about thirty years in the past. The present-day timeline is set in fashionable instances and is primarily based across the 12 months 2020 (although not specified). The movie opens on this timeline after the occasions of season 7 have taken place. Thus, it is set within the aftermath of Ray killing Jim Sullivan and with Mickey on the run with the Sullivans’ worthwhile paperwork.
The second timeline, set in Boston across the Nineties, introduces a younger (roughly twenty-year-old) Ray and a youthful, extra full of life however equally careless Mickey. Through these flashbacks, we study of the fateful circumstances beneath which younger Ray primarily framed his father for homicide, leading to Mickey being despatched to jail for twenty years.
How Many Years Have Passed Since Ray Donovan Season 7?
Considering ‘Ray Donovan’ season 7 premiered in 2019 and ‘Ray Donovan: The Movie’ launched in 2022, it is straightforward to think about that regardless of selecting up from the place season 7 left off, the movie opens after a major time bounce. However, this is not the case, and the movie’s narrative begins very near the place season 7 closes, probably within the span of some days, if that.
The movie opens so quickly after season 7 closes that many pivotal plot factors and cliffhangers from season 7 nonetheless resound within the former. Bridget is nonetheless in mourning for the demise of her husband Smitty, and Molly Sullivan is nonetheless questioning what Ray did to her father (our hero is seen burying Jim Sullivan within the season 7 finale). Thus, not a lot time has handed between the closing of season 7 and the movie’s opening.
Despite the 30-year-old flashbacks within the movie, its present-day timeline is comparatively quick, and the movie’s occasions happen over just some days. Thus, not solely does it open fairly near the occasions of season 7, however the movie is additionally set whereas the repercussions of the season 7 finale are nonetheless being felt strongly within the story.
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