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Braquo Season 1 & 2 [Blu-ray]
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2012
The five stars are for entertainment value for this is an amazingly crafted and fast moving cop show with excellent production values. If you find the Shield riveting then the two seasons of Braquo will definitely appeal to you. That said The Shield always retains some semblance of reality even when the lives of Vic and his strike team start to unravel. Season one of Braquo does just about keep within the reality guideline but such is not the case with season two which, despite being edge of the seat stuff, has a complex multitude of plot lines, a massive body count and such a large cast of characters that it is at times difficult to keep track. Suspend reality and enjoy the two seasons as well made thrillers. Morse is dull when compared to Braquo but his stately promenades are certainly nearer the truth.

Trottman
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
If you, like me are fed up with the dross that is served up as entertainment on TV these day - Give this a try. Read the blurb if you want to know what its about but if you've been a fan of The Wire, The Shield etc but with that Gallic Film Noir twist and you like your thrillers fast paced and exciting just buy it and you won't be disappointed. But be warned if you idea of a good police drama is 'Heartbeat' then this isn't the series for you. In this the good guys are bad and the bad guys are really really bad and as for the body count? it's enormous But at the end of every episode we're saying shall we watch just one or maybe two more before we go to bed.
Really hoping that Series 3 is in the pipeline
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2013
Amazing series. Don't think you could find a better programme anywhere. Knocks the socks of anything from the States and is comparable with the best of British TV. This is a gutsy, violent police drama where sometimes it is difficult to tell the police from the criminal. The plot\storyline is well thought out and thoroughly exciting. I could not wait to see the next episode and by the end of the series I was dying for more. Can't wait for series 3. If you like Spiral I am sure you will love this. If only there was more of this quality programme.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Braquo definitely takes the Euro-noir to a new level. Complex plots, universally flawed characters, tragic inevitability - it's all there but be prepared for a level of brutality that goes beyond Spiral. People brought in for questioning are routinely knocked around the room. People die in their dozens at chain gun massacres. This is NOT Sweden! It is pure French. Everyone eats all the time. Cars are glorified (in an understated French sort of way. The French education system has even left its mark on the society's outsiders - two policemen have an argument about the meaning of life which is trumped by quoting Pirandello. Thinking (wo)man's Reservoir Dogs or post-apocalyptic Wild Bunch? I just loved it and can't wait for the next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2013
This is a superb series and excellently film and the characters although police are more like anti heroes with there suspicious dealings to get there suspects at all costs and even breaking there own laws living by there own code. An excellent if not mostly well known cast. well scripted and well acted and very gritty and dark, the way the french can only do. If you dont mind violence and subtitles then buy this. It will show you that this is how cop shows should be made. roll on season 3.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2014
Our Adult French Class teacher suggested we got the series if we wanted to hear French as she is spoken, including some of the riper language in modern use.
We watched the first disc from beginning to end, glued to the screen. It's a bit like Dirty Harry meets the Eagle Has Landed. A bunch of deeply flawed cops, almost out of control, yet you end up rooting for them as their best efforts to extract themselves from the "merde" leave them deeper in it.
Now we're working up to watching it again, without the sub-titles - which don't reflect some of the earthier phrases quite as accurately as they might!
Incroyable - C'est a mourir!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2013
Great acting. Extraordinary character development. Writing and story line make you keep wanting to go on to the next episode.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2014
This is great fun. It is, however, extremely violent and bloody with lots of graphic scenes depicting torture and worse. And whoever put together the asinine subtitles should seek alternative employment. But once we've developed a liking for the series' four very flawed protagonists (and we will) and forgiven some of the more unlikely storylines (ditto) it all becomes unputdownable. Can't wait for the next series.
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on 13 April 2013
For whatever reason I missed seeing Braquo on television, I hadn't even heard of it.
I have however seen all the other foreign crime and political dramas such as 'The Killing', 'The Bridge', 'Borgen' and 'Spiral'. There is something about these foreign cop series that leave you wanting more, which neither British or US crime dramas do, for me at least. The storyline and background has been covered in other reviews but Braquo continues the brilliance of French counterterrorism and organized crime units that made the 'Spiral' series so rivetingly enjoyable, except that it is significantly more brutal and violent. To some it may beyond belief that any crime unit, in most western police forces could conduct themselves in such a ruthless and uncontrolled way. To me it seems quite realistic to accept that there are government undercover forces that are left to there own devices to combat the worst violent crime and foreign mafia organizations who would otherwise escape being brought to conventional justice. The one proviso from their immediate bosses, do anything you need to, but if you get caught, you are on your own!
Accepting this, the series seems believable and it is possible to accept that undercover police can behave this violently in the 'no go ' areas of Paris, the characters and locations all add to the realism of this gripping series. Unfortunately, the last three episodes of series 2 did degenerate into a more unbelievable British type melodrama which lacked the realism of the previous episodes in both series. A third series is in the course of production and I for one cannot wait to see it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2013
As a big fan of Spiral - another French TV cop series - I thought I'd take a chance on this, and wasn't disappointed. Glossier, more violent than Spiral and just as wonderfully politically incorrect (i.e. realistic) it follows a group of very damaged individuals who make up a very effective, albeit a little corrupt, police team. It really is gripping and you really do look forward to seeing the next episode (4 on a disk, 4 disks) - no I do have a life! Subtitles are better than those for Spiral - haven't spotted a mistake yet! Great fun!
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