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Get ready for some surprises
on 17 February 2008
When the disc one was loading on my DVD machine, I was expecting to watch a good standard British crime drama. Hey, no. What I did not expect was to watch something way better. And that's exactly what happened.
When you have watched enough of cop series, you kind of get used to some procedures. Like: OK, I've seen a twist like this in 5 other films and a turn like that in yet 10 other. Here you can get plenty of things out of standard. To tell the truth, I was totally fascinated by that. OK, I admit I haven't watched the last couple of episodes yet, just because I know there's no more....
Unlike in most cop series here you get to know the identity of the perpetrator quite early, as it's not "who", but "why" and "how" more important. And that will keep you glued to the screen, I promise. And then, all of the main characters have some torments of their own, but if you expect some usual reasons like drinking brothers, fighting for children care (you name it), you'll be disappointed. The characters are very human, and their reasons of suffering are very personal and very credible, OK, sometimes they do almost step over the edge with being emotional, but even then it's done with unquestionable taste. And don't expect any standards. If a man is suffering too much to keep pain contained and pours his heart out, the one who is listening will not start crying for company, he'll do something very different instead. If the grieving parents are invited to address the perpetrator on TV (a cliche!!!), just get ready for one one the best moments. Enough of examples, they are NUMEROUS. By the way, I know that there's a remake of this done in the States, but I don't think I'll ever risk watching it.
Well, you can't call this totally flawless, there are a few (very few) moments, that leave you with your eyebrows raised (if a boy has two mums, you might think there is, or rather must have been some 10 years ago, a DNR test for that matter). But then, maybe that's only that old grumbling me, so sorry.
On the whole, a HUGE pleasure to watch. Don't get me wrong, though. A pleasure of a very, very dark kind.
And then, there's Robson Green. I still can't decide for sure if I really like him or not, but one thing is clear: he is special. You'd never confuse him with anybody else, his way of acting and those scary eyes of his. I even could imagine Robson Green in some black-and-white movie with his eyes shining blue anyway.
P.S. English subtitles available.