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on 13 April 2013
For whatever reason I missed seeing Braquo on television, I hadn't even heard of it.
I have however seen all the other foreign crime and political dramas such as 'The Killing', 'The Bridge', 'Borgen' and 'Spiral'. There is something about these foreign cop series that leave you wanting more, which neither British or US crime dramas do, for me at least. The storyline and background has been covered in other reviews but Braquo continues the brilliance of French counterterrorism and organized crime units that made the 'Spiral' series so rivetingly enjoyable, except that it is significantly more brutal and violent. To some it may beyond belief that any crime unit, in most western police forces could conduct themselves in such a ruthless and uncontrolled way. To me it seems quite realistic to accept that there are government undercover forces that are left to there own devices to combat the worst violent crime and foreign mafia organizations who would otherwise escape being brought to conventional justice. The one proviso from their immediate bosses, do anything you need to, but if you get caught, you are on your own!
Accepting this, the series seems believable and it is possible to accept that undercover police can behave this violently in the 'no go ' areas of Paris, the characters and locations all add to the realism of this gripping series. Unfortunately, the last three episodes of series 2 did degenerate into a more unbelievable British type melodrama which lacked the realism of the previous episodes in both series. A third series is in the course of production and I for one cannot wait to see it.
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on 21 December 2014
This is a French Police Drama TV Series, subtitled in English, and is incredibly well-acted. The characters are very realistic, and whilst the members of the squad are not angels by any means, it's hard not to hope that they elude the part of the Police force which seeks to hang them out to dry. I think it best not to disclose any storylines, but the episodes are SO exciting, really gripping ! There is some shocking violence, so be warned. Highly recommended.
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on 28 June 2013
As a big fan of Spiral - another French TV cop series - I thought I'd take a chance on this, and wasn't disappointed. Glossier, more violent than Spiral and just as wonderfully politically incorrect (i.e. realistic) it follows a group of very damaged individuals who make up a very effective, albeit a little corrupt, police team. It really is gripping and you really do look forward to seeing the next episode (4 on a disk, 4 disks) - no I do have a life! Subtitles are better than those for Spiral - haven't spotted a mistake yet! Great fun!
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on 3 August 2013
This is a superb series and excellently film and the characters although police are more like anti heroes with there suspicious dealings to get there suspects at all costs and even breaking there own laws living by there own code. An excellent if not mostly well known cast. well scripted and well acted and very gritty and dark, the way the french can only do. If you dont mind violence and subtitles then buy this. It will show you that this is how cop shows should be made. roll on season 3.
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on 6 April 2014
Our Adult French Class teacher suggested we got the series if we wanted to hear French as she is spoken, including some of the riper language in modern use.
We watched the first disc from beginning to end, glued to the screen. It's a bit like Dirty Harry meets the Eagle Has Landed. A bunch of deeply flawed cops, almost out of control, yet you end up rooting for them as their best efforts to extract themselves from the "merde" leave them deeper in it.
Now we're working up to watching it again, without the sub-titles - which don't reflect some of the earthier phrases quite as accurately as they might!
Incroyable - C'est a mourir!
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on 17 January 2014
Get both! I was so bored by what's on TV currently, that I decided to give this a try. It takes a while to 'get into it' and if subtitles don't bother you - French is easy listening! - you'll love this. Most of what the story covers is well reviewed by other customers here, so I won't go into again. Quite violent but if you're a crime fan....
The characters draw you in and the French and multi curtural scenarios create an engrossing atmosphere. Enjoy!
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on 9 January 2014
Had heard about Braquo the French Police Drama but not having satellite tv thought i would never get to see it. Saw this on Amazon so bought it and very pleased i did to. If you liked The Wire, The Shield and other violent police dramas this will be right up your street. It is very well made (by the Director of 36) and very well acted with some cracking story lines, it really is a very good tv, well worth the money.
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on 9 August 2017
Amazing, one of the best series Ihave ever seen. Very realistic and an eye opener. When I am driving my Hyundai I often get mistaken for Eddie Caplan in his Porsche Cayenne Turbo on the mean streets of Basingstoke.
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on 1 February 2013
What a great series with a superb cast and has a great story which is easy to follow even though its in french
JEAN HUGHES ANGLADE is great as Captain Eddy Caplan of the Paris CID and the head of his unit the support cast are really
good in this dark and gritty police drama
if you like wallander and the killing you will love this it is even better than Spiral just buy it you won't be
sorry
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on 23 March 2014
This is great fun. It is, however, extremely violent and bloody with lots of graphic scenes depicting torture and worse. And whoever put together the asinine subtitles should seek alternative employment. But once we've developed a liking for the series' four very flawed protagonists (and we will) and forgiven some of the more unlikely storylines (ditto) it all becomes unputdownable. Can't wait for the next series.
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