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The Killing - Season 1 [DVD] [2011]
The Killing - Season 1 [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Mirelle Enos
Price: 10.25

27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not US TV's finest hour..., 5 Nov 2011
I'm a little shocked to read a defence of the USA version by people who have actually watched it.

Firstly, didn't you get terminally irritated by the constant torrential rain (just to make sure viewers knew it was set in Seattle). Seattle rains about as much as London...

I had a distinct lack of empathy for almost all the characters, in sharp contrast to the Danish originals, despite one version being in my native English and the other subtitled. Also, the shallow, wooden portrayal of the US version politicians made me wonder whether a) American politicians are actually duller, more stupid and 2 dimensional than European ones, b) American script writers can't do politics (when was the last good US political movie or TV show - please don't think the WW as this was enjoyable but total fantasy) or c) that the show has been deliberately dumbed down for a US audience who would not engage or be interested in a political sub plot. For a while I thought that it was just the dreadful performance by the actor who played Darren Richmond but his sidekick was irritating and unbelievable, there was no chemistry with the girlfriend and the (easy) role of the mayor was fumbled as well. By comparison, all the Danish equivalents were excellent. The portrayal of Trolls was especially memorable.

I could go on about the endless number of pregnant pauses delivered by Sarah Linden, in the US version, where I became convinced that she simply was constipated, or the worthless contribution (!) of her lover - played by a Cylon. The 'street kids' in Seattle all looked and acted like drama students put through make up by Siouxsie's back room team and the Muslim sub plot could not have been handled more clumsily by George Bush as a wine and cheese sommelier...

In short, Forbrydelsen was a rare treat. Too long? Maybe. A little inconsistent? Again, maybe. However, you just HAD to watch the next episode. The (US) Killing was a pale and irritating shadow and AMC are either incompetent or don't care about quality.

Now, if HBO had got their mitts on it...
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