Top positive review
Outstanding – up to a point!
20 June 2016
Yet another hot off the currently prolific Scandi-crime conveyor belt; yet another stylish tale of murder, mayhem and political shenanigans; and yet another interesting, strong female lead in the person of Louise Peterhoff, who plays in-demand, politico chief of staff, Elin Hammar. It’s production values are high, acting characteristically brilliant with script to match.
Additionally, its theme is also tragically relevant to events we seem increasingly to be witnessing at home and abroad as political views become more and more polarized. There are Swedish elections in the offing and a lot of political manoeuvring going on amongst all political parties, including some previously below the political radar; i.e. those at either extreme. For the first time it seems the far right Security Party, campaigning against what they claim to be unfettered immigration, may be in a position to hold the balance of power. But, even more extreme groups are also slithering out from under their protective rocks and springing into action, with dire consequences for innocents and players alike.
But although this is truly dramatic, hard hitting stuff, containing shocking sequences, it loses one star; the reason being the lamentably downbeat resolution that isn’t a resolution! Increasingly, it seems, audiences are expected to accept unresolved dramas that propel the action to, what should be, exciting and satisfying conclusions, only to ultimately disappoint in favour of ambiguity: all in the interests of setting up a sequel!