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Trapped (TV)

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  Trapped (TV) Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
7.75 /10
Olafur Darri Olafsson , Ilmur Kristjansdottir , Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson
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Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur, Baldvin Z, Börkur Sigthorsson, Óskar Thor Axelsson
Written by: Sigurjon Kjartansson, Clive Bradley. Created by Baltasar Kormakur

Released: 2015
Origin: Iceland
Length: 0

An extremely mutilated torso is caught in fishing nets off a remote town in eastern Iceland, just before the arrival of a ferry from Hirtshals in Denmark. Andri, the town's shaggy, depressed chief of police (Olafur Darri Olafsson, pictured right) starts to investigate with his equally unimpressive staff of two junior officers, Hinrika (Ilmur Kristjansdottir) and Asgeir (Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A blizzard sets in, preventing arrogantly obnoxious detectives from Reykjavik from reaching the town. Is the unsolved murder connected with a previous fire in a fish factory, that killed a local girl?

This Icelandic police procedural is more of a whodunnit than British equivalents, such as Line of Duty and Happy Valley. Its love of red herrings (possibly rescued from that blazing fish factory) suggests it was heavily influenced by those superior Scandi-noir series, The Killing and The Bridge, an impression confirmed by the presence of Killing star Bjarne Henriksen (pictured left) as the remarkably obstructive ferry captain. Trapped has some added ingredients, though - the ruggedness of the Icelandic scenery, the feeling of a very small, provincial town and the claustrophobia of being snowed in (which makes it feel like a weird variation on Agatha Christie).

Okay, some of it feels a tad derivative. But there are some up-to-the-minute themes here - notably people-trafficking. Even the potentially cliched premise of our hero trying to save his marriage while having to put in too many man-hours solving crime is given a new twist by the simple expedient of making his family an extended one.

The 10 episodes of Trapped were a huge hit in Iceland, but - without the benefit of a big PR campaign - overseas it didn’t receive the critical or audience acclaim that it deserved. It was thoroughly gripping, and I look forward to series 2, scheduled for broadcast in 2018.

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