Sunday, June 19, 2011
"The Killing" (2011) is a dark crime drama based on the Danish miniseries "Forbrydelsen" (2007) centering on the murder of a young girl and the subsequent police investigation through the perspective of the detectives, the grieving family, and the suspects. The season one final episode aired tonight and what an amazing series it has been. I don't usually review tv shows, but AMC is doing something that the other networks are not willing to do. If you haven't been watching this series, you will have to find it on DVD or when the replay the series later in the year. I am sure they will run it in anticipation of season two.
The cast it filled with a largely unknown cast and they provide a passionate performance throughout the series. The most familiar cast of the series is Bill Campbell who plays a politician running for the Mayor of Seattle, Washington; and Michelle Forbes who plays the mother of Rosie Larsen. Bill Campbell has been in several tv series, but none that stand out. Michelle Forbes was most recently seen on HBO in the hit "True Blood". Both have very significant roles, but the majority of the screen time is for Mireille Enos as the lead detective and was also known for her role in "Big Love". Her partner is played by Joel Kinnaman who offers up one of the better performances in the series. The father of Rosie Larsen is played by Brent Sexton and gives the other most memorable performance in the series.
Every episode there is another prime suspect providing for the fans of the series to follow along on various fan pages and web applications to guess who the killer is. Using the city of Seattle, Washington as the backdrop for a crime drama allows for the dark and light to be played against each other with overcast days and heavy rains. The series has such a heavy tone that it feels like you are watching a movie and the writing is delicate enough to allow for nearly any of the cast to be a suspect keeping the fans interested and tuning in every week.
I don't know who killed Rosie Larsen, but I do know that this is one of the best tv series in a while and receives all 5 Quacks from me. It will very likely be nominated for various Emmy and Golden Globes awards.
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