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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2013
I could not find a DVD in English for this superb British thriller made in 2010 so I had to purchase this Dutch import. The trouble is that if your only language is English it is not always easy to find out how to get rid of foreign language subtitles unless you speak the language of those subtitles and know what setting to use. In the case of this particular DVD I found out by trial and error that the setting to turn off the subtitles is the last word on the bottom line of the title screen.

Anyway, it is a tense, very well made thriller about an 18 year old deaf girl living in Bristol who witnesses a woman being run down by a car which then reverses over her and when she turns out to be a policewoman working in the local drugs squad this has severe repercussions for the girl, her family and everyone around her. This is made complicated by the fact that her father, played by the excellent Douglas Henshall, is head of the drugs squad and when his daughter finally tells him about what she saw he takes it upon himself to carry out an investigation which leads him to realising that some cops in his squad are corrupt. The trouble is that he doesn't know who is bent and who is not, so who can he get to help him get to the bottom of what is happening? When the bent coppers find out he is closing in on them they try to frame him so he looks like the person who looks corrupt and unhinged by the strain he is under.

Douglas Henshall, as ever, is great in the leading role and he is very ably supported by Hugh Bonneville, Dervla Kirwan, Gina McKee and others. Genevieve Bask, in her first role as the deaf girl who has recently been fitted with a cochlea implant to help her hear is a revalation. Her portrayal of toughness, vulnerability and confusion in a hearing world that she struggles to cope with is very well done. The excitement builds up nicely when the bent coppers find out that there was a witness to the murder who must be silenced and the tempo increases leading to the shattering climax when everything comes to light.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A tour de force by Genevieve Barr, who is herself deaf. She plays teen Amelia, resenting parental pressure to steer her from the use of sign language towards lipreading. They also insist she attaches an inplant which fills her head with distracting noises. (Initially we share her alternating worlds of silence and discordant sounds, immediately well able to understand her frustration.)

Exercising the dog one night, she witnesses a murder and is terrified that the killer saw her. Her uncle is a senior police officer, surely able to sort everything out. Instead he discovers corruption rife in the Drug Squad, villains in it now determined to discredit him and harass the whole family.

Four hour-long episodes. Douglas Henshall, Hugh Bonneville, Dervla Kirwan and Gina McKee all impress. Sadly some plot contrivances cheapen the impact. (Two branches of the family are warned they are in great danger, there a need to exercise the greatest care. What does a son do? Go out that night to smoke weed with his mates, playing into the hands of bent cops following his every move.)

For some another disappointment may be the sudden ending. Although it is clear where all is now heading, an extra scene or two would not have come amiss - simply to clarify and to wrap everything up more neatly.

Such reservations aside, there is much to applaud - especially Genevieve Barr's performance.

No bonuses. (Do not be put off by the Dutch Language packaging. All is in English, with Dutch subtitles available if required.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2014
This was quite interesting and made one think about the challenge of deafness. There were clear dilemmas for the surrounding family. Worth watching and the Drama unfolds quickly and sets a great pace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2014
Good Cop/Crime Thriller with an interesting and different twist however the unsatisfying too abrupt unresolved ending spoils the entire things.. Shame this was almost excellent.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2013
one of the best dramas from the BBC for ages and ages, great performances throughout. I just wish this was available as a proper UK release.
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on 24 August 2015
Amazing how the writer can create so many stupidly irritating and irrational characters. This was very annoying to watch. Most of the actors do the best with what they have, some excelled with their own wooden/hammy acting. Don't bother with this - there are so many other better options from the UK, Nordic Noir, France, Belgium etc. If you want Douglas Henshall, watch Shetland and Collision, and be happy to stop there
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2014
Brilliant, great script and story, had me gripped from the start.
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on 31 March 2015
Nice but sometimes too predictable plot and some of the actors are not really convincing. Genevieve Barr shows, however, to be an excellent actress !
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2014
Deservedly called a thriller. It really was edge of seat viewing.

Amelia is a deaf girl who is undergoing therapy for hearing treatment. During which time, it's convenient for her to stay with her uncle - who is a DCI - and his family near Bristol. She witnesses a murder one evening when walking their dog. It turns out that the police are involved and the uncle, who has been put in charge of the case, goes out on a limb and breaches procedure to protect Amelia. From there the action spirals as the families are slowly drawn in to the drama, and danger.

Gina McKee is splendid as Amelia, no cheesy sentimental characterisation, but gritty realism - a typical teenager! Likewise with the rest of the cast, it's warts and all with a super performance from everyone.

Great acting, good plot and taut dialogue. The ending is a little abrupt and I do wish there had been more final detail but other than that, if you enjoy thrillers then give it a go. Highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2015
A reasonable central storyline thrown away by terrible writing. The characters are all so stupid it is irritating: everyone chooses the worst alternative in every scene and then blames someone else for their stupidity. The drama is totally predictable from start to finish, up to the very last scene. Some of the actors are not bad, the problem is the stupid lines on the script... Riddled with flaws in the plot, which I cannot mention without spoiling it; but then again, the plot is so bad and predictable, that there isn't a lot to spoil. Here's a tiny example, the tip of the iceberg: a teenage witness is being taken home by a police officer after running away from home. On the way, she asks the officer to be dropped off at a different location... and what does he do? He disobeys his orders, for no reason, and drops her off at said location! Would any officer do that in real life? That's what I mean when I say the characters are incredibly stupid... A waste of money.
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