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Killing/ Forbrydelsen (TV)

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  Killing/ Forbrydelsen (TV) Review
Tookey's Rating
10 /10
Average Rating
9.25 /10
Sofie Grabol , Soren Malling , Troels Il Munk
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Directed by: Kristoffer Nyholm, Fabian Wullenweber,Charlotte Sieling,Henrik Ruben Genz,Birger Larsen,Natasha Arthy,Mikkel Serup, Kathrine Windfeld,Morten Arnfred,Morten Kohlert
Written by: Soren Sveistrup, Torleif Hoppe, Michael W. Horsten, Per Daumiller Created by Soren Sveistrup

Released: 2007
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: Denmark/ German/ Sweden/ Norway
Length: 0

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The show starts off very promising with two interesting story arcs (one criminal, one political and connected to each other). Gradually, the cops become infuriatingly inept and almost all the characters have the bewildering ability to discard common sense and keep revelations that would help solve the crime a secret. Lund in particular (the main cop) insists on not talking to anyone EVER about her suspicions/conclusions and instead chooses to bark at everyone to do as she says without ever justifying why they should. It all ultimately winds down to a thoroughly mediocre conclusion leaving NUMEROUS threads (hinted at throughout the series) hanging. Conclusion: It’s an enjoyable but ultimately frustrating and unsatisfying show.
(PlanByHero on The Killing I, Metacritic User)
Brilliantly directed and written (but with some grossly implausible bits in the storyline). Superbly acted. Wonderfully believable and sympathetic characters. And with an ending so totally miserable, and with such ghastly additional descriptions of the girl's death, that I was left wishing I had never begun watching it. I am totally baffled by trying to understand why people, who like me went through all twenty hours of this, could feel they were glad they'd watched it, and would give it five stars, thereby recommending others to watch it. Is there a sort of sadism involved in wanting to share such misery? I certainly wish I did not now have in my head `memories' of such abject horror.
(Libby Hallon, Amazon user on The Killing I, 2011)
The show is certainly not without flaws. There are holes and apparent inconsistencies in the story that are not all satisfyingly wrapped up. Why did Holck, an otherwise seemingly well-adjusted career politician commit such serious crimes to hide his potential exposure for a crime that was far less serious? What exactly was going on between Troels Hartmann’s advisor Rie Skovgaard and the Mayor’s advisor? What actually was the connection between the murder of Nanna Birk Larsen and the other girl murdered 15 years earlier? Would Troels’ campaign leader Morten really go to the lengths he did to cover up what he thought was Troels’ role in the murder? I was left with a lot of questions about which I am still thinking, questions that no amount of googling has managed to satisfy, other than to confirm that others have wondered the same things as I have. Yet, having said that, the fact that I am still thinking about this show and still feel gripped by its story, despite having reached the end of it, says bucketloads about its sheer excellence.
(Professor Rollmops, Amazon user, on The Killing I, 2013)
Much of this final series provided a fitting denouement for such a mesmerising show, but it also revealed that, after just three series, its makers were rather running out of ideas... Last night's climax disappointed because it had Lund do what the Sarah Lund of the previous 39 episodes would never have done: take leave of her senses. But then perhaps that's what a perpetually overcast Copenhagen does to the soul. Much as her overused torch was likely running out of batteries, so too was the poor woman herself, and so she went out in a blaze of glory, albeit Scandinavian-style: at night, with stealth, and on her face the full realisation of what her actions would mean for the rest of her wretched life. Devoted viewers may have craved a more satisfying ending, but they'd be fools to have expected a happier one. The Killing, after all, never offered comfort to anyone.
(Nick Duerden, Amazon user, on The Killing III, 2012)

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