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on 23 March 2013
I could not find a DVD in English for this superb British thriller made in 2010 so I had to purchase this Dutch import. The trouble is that if your only language is English it is not always easy to find out how to get rid of foreign language subtitles unless you speak the language of those subtitles and know what setting to use. In the case of this particular DVD I found out by trial and error that the setting to turn off the subtitles is the last word on the bottom line of the title screen.
Anyway, it is a tense, very well made thriller about an 18 year old deaf girl living in Bristol who witnesses a woman being run down by a car which then reverses over her and when she turns out to be a policewoman working in the local drugs squad this has severe repercussions for the girl, her family and everyone around her. This is made complicated by the fact that her father, played by the excellent Douglas Henshall, is head of the drugs squad and when his daughter finally tells him about what she saw he takes it upon himself to carry out an investigation which leads him to realising that some cops in his squad are corrupt. The trouble is that he doesn't know who is bent and who is not, so who can he get to help him get to the bottom of what is happening? When the bent coppers find out he is closing in on them they try to frame him so he looks like the person who looks corrupt and unhinged by the strain he is under.
Douglas Henshall, as ever, is great in the leading role and he is very ably supported by Hugh Bonneville, Dervla Kirwan, Gina McKee and others. Genevieve Bask, in her first role as the deaf girl who has recently been fitted with a cochlea implant to help her hear is a revalation. Her portrayal of toughness, vulnerability and confusion in a hearing world that she struggles to cope with is very well done. The excitement builds up nicely when the bent coppers find out that there was a witness to the murder who must be silenced and the tempo increases leading to the shattering climax when everything comes to light.