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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Detective Story Ever, 15 Aug 2005
This review is from: The Wire : Complete HBO Season 1 [DVD] [2002] [2005] (DVD)
I include films like the legendary Chinatown and the epic L.A. Confidential in the statement made above. This show captured police work more accurately then any piece of fiction I have ever seen. It deals with one case over the whole series which is the only way to give it justice.The case is against a prominent Gangster in Baltimore called Avon Barksdale who is effectively running half of Baltimore's huge drug business. One man by going to a judge behind his bosses backs begins the case that nobody wants. That man is Mc Nulty, an egotistical, self centered cop who will use anybody to get what he wants and in the world of grey that the Wire creates is probably the character with the most moral standing in the show. Through the thirteen episodes you get to know both sides of the story as we follow the cops and the gangsters and find characters to like and dislike on both sides. You will find yourself more frustrated by the bureaucracy within the Police Department then the actions of the gangsters, this is a detailed, realistic series with some stellar writing and performances. Even if you hate cop shows you will love this.
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