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1.0 out of 5 stars not US TV's finest hour..., 5 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The Killing - Season 1 [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
I'm a little shocked to read a defence of the USA version by people who have actually watched it.

Firstly, didn't you get terminally irritated by the constant torrential rain (just to make sure viewers knew it was set in Seattle). Seattle rains about as much as London...

I had a distinct lack of empathy for almost all the characters, in sharp contrast to the Danish originals, despite one version being in my native English and the other subtitled. Also, the shallow, wooden portrayal of the US version politicians made me wonder whether a) American politicians are actually duller, more stupid and 2 dimensional than European ones, b) American script writers can't do politics (when was the last good US political movie or TV show - please don't think the WW as this was enjoyable but total fantasy) or c) that the show has been deliberately dumbed down for a US audience who would not engage or be interested in a political sub plot. For a while I thought that it was just the dreadful performance by the actor who played Darren Richmond but his sidekick was irritating and unbelievable, there was no chemistry with the girlfriend and the (easy) role of the mayor was fumbled as well. By comparison, all the Danish equivalents were excellent. The portrayal of Trolls was especially memorable.

I could go on about the endless number of pregnant pauses delivered by Sarah Linden, in the US version, where I became convinced that she simply was constipated, or the worthless contribution (!) of her lover - played by a Cylon. The 'street kids' in Seattle all looked and acted like drama students put through make up by Siouxsie's back room team and the Muslim sub plot could not have been handled more clumsily by George Bush as a wine and cheese sommelier...

In short, Forbrydelsen was a rare treat. Too long? Maybe. A little inconsistent? Again, maybe. However, you just HAD to watch the next episode. The (US) Killing was a pale and irritating shadow and AMC are either incompetent or don't care about quality.

Now, if HBO had got their mitts on it...
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Initial post: 27 Nov 2011 13:04:02 GMT
BJE says:
You're making a fool out of yourself. You have a problem with the rain? Get a grip.

Posted on 4 Dec 2011 13:40:04 GMT
clemenzina says:
Quote MKLock: In short, Forbrydelsen was a rare treat. Too long? Maybe. A little inconsistent? ...

My views too: I was a little disappointed in the denouement, but Forbrydelsen was just TV thriller magic, almost unparalleled. I only managed one episode of the American version. Oh how I wish that HBO had handled it :'(

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2012 08:59:05 GMT
LAMBCHOP007 says:
I live near London and my son emigrated to Seattle and I can assure you it rains more in Seattle lol

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2012 20:51:54 BDT
Indeed, in London it rains a lot less than in New York.

Clearly, the OP needs to get some perspective.

Posted on 18 Feb 2013 13:41:09 GMT
L. Hopkins says:
Average annual precipitation in London: 583mm. Average annual precipitation in Seattle: 952mm.

Posted on 22 Aug 2013 09:38:08 BDT
A Cactus says:
To answer your point (b): I think the 2013 version of "House of Cards" shows that it is possible but it remains to be seen if they can reproduce it in a second series.

However I tend to agree that the political content presented in the Seattle "The Killing" was a bit of a cringefest. And without any spoilers, the eventual killer too obvious from the start. "I will get you Penelope Pitstop!".
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