A four-part crime thriller set in the picturesque settings of Seville, the surroundings of Falcon
may be a little different, but the central ingredients are a lot more familiar. The show bills itself as a psychological thriller, which in this case means that there’s a police Chief Inspector, Javier Falcon, with crimes to solve and demons to battle.
The basis of Falcon is the writing of author Robert Wilson, and it’s a pair of his crime novels that have been adapted to form the series. They’ve been adapted well, too, with two feature-length cases gathered together in this DVD set.
Played with skill and conviction by Martin Csokas, Javier Falcon may be the latest in a series of screwed-up detectives solving crimes on the small screen, but there’s enough character and strong enough material to give the programme some distinction. Granted, you don’t fully shake the feeling of déjà vu in places, but that’s not to the detriment of the entertainment here. Furthermore, the episodes look glorious: the surroundings have been used to optimum effect, and the locations add to the atmosphere of an already-impressive drama. Falcon’s television adventures are certainly off to a good start. --Jon Foster
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Based on the novels of award winning author Robert Wilson, Marton Csokas stars as Spanish murder squad detective Javier Falcón in a series of compelling crime stories set in contemporary Seville. The Blindman of Seville: Javier Falcón investigates a series of brutal murders, which lead him to uncover shocking buried truths about his own family history. Written by Stephen Butchard (Five Daughters, Good Cop) and directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Judge Dredd). The Silent and the Damned: The sudden death of an eminent Sevillian businessman draws Falcón into a dark conspiracy involving corruption and abuse at the highest level, forcing him to make some difficult moral choices. Written by Sarah Phelps (Oliver Twist, Great Expectations), directed by Gabriel Range (Death of a President, I Am Slave). ...Falcón ( Falcon )