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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scandi-tastic smash
Making history as the first Norwegian series to air on UK TV, Mammon is an uncompromising suspense filled conspiracy thriller in the vein of State of Play and All the Presidents Men. Sibling rivalry is writ large in a dark tale told over six days. Peter Verås, one of the most highly respected journalists in Norway inadvertently kick-starts a labyrinthine chain of events...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars My most difficult review!
hard to review.
It had good acting, suspense, drama, BUT-
The story was hard to follow. at times close to unbelievable. It left you seeking clarity of what was happening, but apart from fraud on a grand scale, It continued to be a mixture of intrigue and confusion! Greed was obvious, hence the name, but sorting Goodies from Baddies was a real test...
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scandi-tastic smash, 16 April 2014
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Making history as the first Norwegian series to air on UK TV, Mammon is an uncompromising suspense filled conspiracy thriller in the vein of State of Play and All the Presidents Men. Sibling rivalry is writ large in a dark tale told over six days. Peter Verås, one of the most highly respected journalists in Norway inadvertently kick-starts a labyrinthine chain of events when he accepts evidence of large scale and wide-reaching financial fraud from an anonymous source. The search for truth has far reaching consequences and Verås' life is soon torn apart by revelations of his brother's activities. As he delves deeper into the shadowy world of corruption infecting the nation's political and economic elite his family are placed in danger...
A sensational thrill packed series which will enthral and terrify, Mammon is a first rate example of Nordic Noir.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dark but well worth sticking with, 3 May 2014
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Mammon

This has just finished a run on tv, and based on the twitter comments it has a fair number of devoted fans, some even calling for a second series.

Mammon, which just refers to monstrous greed, was a huge hit in its native Norway. It is subtitled, mainly shot on dark Norwegian nights, with a lot of rather similar people behaving mysteriously. There is the odd shot of adrenalin, with some genuinely unsettling and dramatic scenes to break up the gloom.

It is probably a bit darker than the recent Arne Dahl, but runs a good story over a series of six episodes.

The story concerns a disgraced journalist, who gets drawn into a financial conspiracy with its tentacles deep into his own life and Norwegian society. It quickly becomes obvious that he is dealing with some very dangerous people and trust is a dangerous thing.

On reflection, the plotting certainly has familiar elements, the journalist element, is akin to Tin Tin or State of Play, or even the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books. However there is enough that is dark and strange to retain the interest throughout.

I was holding off reviewing until the series finished, plenty of series have gone from a must see, to why did I waste five hours of my life, on the basis of a duff last episode, be assured this delivers right up to the end. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Edgy, tense and enjoyable even if not quite as meaningful as it wishes to be, 15 Nov 2014
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The six-part Norwegian conspiracy drama Mammon demonstrates once again how if you're willing to read subtitles and skip famous American actors there's a huge pool of brilliant drama to enjoy which shows time and again how big budget special effects not only aren't needed by often distract from getting basics like scripts, lighting and music right.

The series kicks off with a journalist investigating financial fraud that implicates his own brother, getting drawn into a search for truth that encompasses the media, politicians and the financial elite.

Mammon is dark and at times frustratingly imperfect, trying to be not only tense but also meaningful, with repeated allusions to the Bible and darker family tragedies. Those don't quite come off, but do provide an edgy backdrop to a conspiracy thriller which has its full quota of twists and coincidences and yet has at heart an idea that makes it all hang together.

Without giving away any spoilers, the key agreement which brought the conspirators together and then drove their apparently bizarre and outlandish behaviour does - just about - make sense as a dramatic and almost desperate attempt to keep each other in line. The apparently utterly absurd events in episode one do also end up with a reasonably plausible explanation, though it's one that is easy to miss.

Add to this brilliantly done music that adds an uneasy tension and a nice little line in feints during the plot, presenting but then not always following through on some of the cliches of such dramas, and it's always exciting stuff.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling to the bone!, 15 May 2014
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Wow, what a surprise! I had watched the first episode on C4 but then decided to wait until the box set arrived. And I am so glad I did! Without adverts this is one of the best chiller/thrillers to come out of Norway ever. Twists and turns abound in every episode, and seemingly un-connected events then have surprising (and deadly) connections. Lead characters are convincingly portrayed and I hope the writers and producers have something to draw upon to make a second series.
This is not a series for the squeamish, but it is one that every 'Nordic Noir' fan should put in their collection!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Nordic Noir crime story, 21 May 2014
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Six great episodes in this slightly unusual crime story based on greed and power. Watched it in two evenings it was so enjoyable. If sub titles do not bother you get this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars My most difficult review!, 1 Sep 2014
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hard to review.
It had good acting, suspense, drama, BUT-
The story was hard to follow. at times close to unbelievable. It left you seeking clarity of what was happening, but apart from fraud on a grand scale, It continued to be a mixture of intrigue and confusion! Greed was obvious, hence the name, but sorting Goodies from Baddies was a real test!
Trying to reach a conclusion, I think it was an opportunity lost, and it did not match the standard reached with many Nordic Noir stories, The loss was due to the unfathomable story, rather than the characters involved . Disappointing!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2nd rate Scando Noir, 25 Aug 2014
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Starts with a hiss and a roar, but gets more and more contrived. It's full of moments where you wonder why on earth characters are doing what they're doing. Then you remember, it's because the plot demands it. Not ideal. Performances are strong, and productions values high, but this is 2nd tier stuff after the likes of The Bridge and The Killing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ending is a bit lame, 5 Sep 2014
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Great at the beginning, tight editing, and ticked all the boxes. However, the ending is really week, very unsatisfying.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sort of ok, 24 Aug 2014
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The plot is farfetched. Although the acting is good and you are kept in suspense the story is not believable enough to make it a gripping series.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Don't Expect Television Excellence, 2 Sep 2014
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Oh dear....it really wasn't that 'good', was it? I had been looking forward to it, having read some reviews, but I was quite disappointed. I watched it all and didn't dislike it by any means, but when you take a premise like this and stretch it out over six episodes, it weakens considerably. Consequently, it was unnecessarily complicated and has an ending that was neither inventive or surprising, complete with a predictable twist at the end that makes you just want to groan. Entertaining, but doesn't live up to it's reviews.
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