|Forbrydelsen (The Killing)|
It's been a while since I've been totally immersed in a story, like I was watching Forbrydelsen. And that great feeling of having the whole season ready to go instead of waiting for episodes to trickle in week after week.
The show calls itself, right in the opening credits, "A thriller by Søren Sveistrup". I like the honesty -- they know what they are trying to accomplish and they're not passing it off as something else.
And, it is thrilling (and highly addictive - make sure you have time in your schedule because you won't want to stop). It has plenty of twists and turns and you really don't know what's going to happen or who's guilty.
Most crime series have set characters and rotating crimes that are solved by the end of each episode. The concept of Forbrydelsen is to follow one investigation for a whole season. Like many great modern TV classics, it sticks with the big story.
One episode roughly correlates to a day in the investigation. Yes, similar to 24 in concept, but better because it is more natural for plotting and logistics to have it take place over 3 weeks rather than 24 hrs. I could never watch 24 because I was always wondering when they went to the bathroom.
In keeping with the thriller tradition, there are high stakes and political intrigue surrounding the case. The victim is a teenage girl, but suspicions run deep into all kinds of powerful circles. An upcoming election in Copenhagen amps up the pressure on investigators, as any allegations might have huge consequences to the fate of the city.
Forbrydelsen takes itself seriously. There's no camp. It's acted superbly and aside from some of the necessary manipulative techniques built into each episode, to keep you hooked and wanting the next one, it comes across as naturalistic.
|Investigator Sara Lund, played by Sophie Grabol|
It makes you wonder why they re-made it. Why not just run this series in North America? Are they afraid people can't read subtitles?