Top positive review
1 February 2017
Pity that police force of three, about to face the greatest challenges of their lives! The small remote Icelandic town cut off by blizzards; a ferry stranded in its port; a recently dismembered body proof of a killer close by. Far worse is to come - shock revelations, more deaths (two of them spectacular), even fears of an avalanche.
Highly atmospheric Nordic Noir this. No faking of the cold - sometimes conditions so atrocious, it was hard to get cast and crew to where they should be.
Everything impresses. All characters convince, they multi-dimensional - good ones with flaws, certain miscreants with redeeming features (admittedly a few past redemption). Genuine tension, real sense of danger, everything culminating in a worthy climax.
Subtitles no problem, especially as most cast say little anyway.
Ten episodes. A bonus tells of difficulties encountered when filming, this the most expensive film project ever mounted in Iceland. Happily it has proved worthwhile, the production acclaimed in so many countries.
Watching episodes in quick succession, as ever, increases impact - at the end viewers thus able to appreciate all the more certain comments made at the very start.