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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Memorable Television
'The Fall' is an Irish-British serial killer/crime drama series that was released in 2013 and was shown in the United Kingdom on BBC Two. The five part series is created by Allan Cubitt and directed by Jakob Verbruggen. The program received a fantastic response from the critics on its release. Combined with excellent viewership figures, the show became a surprise hit and...
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2.0 out of 5 stars An inconclusive finale!
A rather difficult series to review as we thoroughly enjoyed The Fall, until it abruptly ended inconclusively!

The production is a slow burner and has been compared with the Scandinavian equivilants - with good cause. It builds up nicely, fleshing out the main story line and sub plots and held us throughout. I’d become tired of serial killer series, but...
Published 7 months ago by R. C. Harris


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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Memorable Television, 24 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The Fall [DVD] (DVD)
'The Fall' is an Irish-British serial killer/crime drama series that was released in 2013 and was shown in the United Kingdom on BBC Two. The five part series is created by Allan Cubitt and directed by Jakob Verbruggen. The program received a fantastic response from the critics on its release. Combined with excellent viewership figures, the show became a surprise hit and the highest rated BBC Two drama launch in eight years.

The series is based in Northern Ireland and shows Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) trying to catch a twisted serial killer (Jamie Dornan) responsible for numerous disturbing deaths.

To begin things, this is high quality television that sets the benchmark for crime dramas. The show is as good as it gets, I loved and relished every second.

From the first episode, the disturbing events and compelling suspense hooked me to show. The dark and haunting setting shown in crisp cinematography, creates an atmosphere full of class. Combined with stunning acting, and I mean award winning performances, I knew this was going to be special. As the unpredictable cat and mouse game intensifies between Stella Gibson and the killer, the viewer is left begging for more. The story brilliantly progresses with interesting intertwining sub-plots and plenty of twists. The final episode for me was a truly powerful watch. Yes, a section of the viewers have complained that the ending was disappointing. However, I found the ending gripping to say the least. The final minutes showcased a heart-thumping exchange of dialogues between the lead actors that left me in a mesmerized state with goosebumps. In my opinion the climax was fitting because it sets up the second series perfectly and promises all the answers.

The performance of the show comes from Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector who invents a new breed of a serial killer. His frightening yet calm portrayal is something I've never seen. His dead-pan eyes are simply unnerving. Dornan plays a loving family man with hidden demons in a manner that pulverizes the viewers mind. Solid acting. Gillian Anderson's screen presence is fiery. Her character is mysterious and unpredictable, not giving anything away. She blew me away in the final episode with a riveting flurry. I get a feeling, Anderson is going to be the top dog in season two. The tension between both actors, sets the screen on fire.

The direction by Jakob Verbruggen is realistic and atmospheric. He creates an exciting and intelligent crime drama. Verbruggen extracts top performances from the actors, which makes the show even more unmissable. An aspect worth mentioning is the setting in Belfast, it's clever how Verbruggen managed to make it feel like another character, a strong one too. From me, he gets a round of applause for the execution of the climax that I can't stop raving about.

'The Fall' is one of those rare shows that will challenge your psyche. Absolutely fascinating.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 26 April 2014
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This really is very very good Do not use the word brilliant lightly but this is. Gillian Anderson is excellent as always and Jamie Dornan is a revelation as the killer Very disturbing to watch and not for the actual killings,but the 'normalness',when Paul is with his wife and children,in contrast to his other 'activities' Truly chilling Loved every second of it Can not recommend this highly enough Thank goodness series 2 is not far off ! PS Have noticed in the Product review it states that the killer stalks his victims at random He does not,he has a very specific type that he targets again and again It is the one comforting thing about it,knowing if it were real life,you would personally be safe as you do not fit the type !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a godd series, 17 April 2014
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gillian anderson as usaul is perfect in this cold, rigid charcter mixed with weakness she keeps secret, showing no emotion.
and the killer, handsome, charming......what a thrill..............
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class thriller - a must see!, 13 Aug 2013
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This really is a top class drama set in Belfast and with a tremendous cast of actors. Many scenes are genuinely thrilling in the true sense of word, a credit to the scriptwriters, camera operators, cinematographers, editors, actors as well of course as the excellent director. I couldn't recommend this highly enough, and can't wait for series 2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!, 4 Jun 2014
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This is an amazing story line! From the start you are completely pulled in, rather than a whodunit, its a why?
As usual Gillian Anderson is fantastic, taking on a completely different role to previous characters she has portrayed.
If you are fan of crime dramas, or like me a Gillian Anderson fan, this is for you!
But give it a go, you will not be disappointed!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good acting but disappointing ending...., 6 April 2014
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Overall, an excellent series. But, the ending is disappointing. I thought I was diddled by Amazon by thinking that they had failed to deliver the full disc set but then I realized there were only 5 episodes in total!!! So, now I'm waiting on tenterhooks for the subsequent series and I guess there will be more than one more...................................
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, Yet Addictive Viewing, 3 Sep 2013
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My partner and I decided to purchase this after reading some of the reviews, and because my partner quite likes Gillian Anderson from her X-Files days! I was fresh off watching 'Broadchurch', which I thought was decent but could have been better, so I didn't have particularly high expectations for 'The Fall'. I'm glad to say I was presently surprised at how well written and produced this series was, and I thought Jamie Dornan's acting was superb - he's clearly far more than just a pretty face! While the subject matter was deeply disturbing, and quite stomach-churningly graphic and suspenseful at times, I found I couldn't stop watching or look away. I guess that's testament again to the writers/director/and producers of The Fall that they can take such a disturbing story-line and make it utterly compelling, even for the more squeamish among us! I definitely do not like gore for gore's sake, but in The Fall, it was just enough to make it believable without battering you over the head with it - sorry, bad choice of metaphor perhaps! :) I hope they release Season 2 quickly.

My only pet peeve was Gillian's rather silly faux English accent - why they didn't just make her an American detective, I don't know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a look, 9 May 2014
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Tense, absorbing, unsettling drama. Jamie Dornan is excellent, both as the loving family man and the evil serial killer. Really looking forward to Series 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant show, 17 Feb 2014
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The TV Show is tremendous: brilliant actors and a beautiful to discover way to discover Belfast.
Was not on the french Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fall, 8 Jan 2014
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British TV at its best! Can't wait until the next season! Love murder mysteries and this is one of the best I've seen by far. Acting superb especially Gillian Anderson. One of her triumphs!
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