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Collateral (TV)

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  Collateral (TV) Review
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1 /10
Average Rating
5.00 /10
Carey Mulligan, John Simm, Hayley Squires
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Directed by: S.J. Clarkson
Written by: David Hare

Released: 2017
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: UK
Length: 0

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The writers of McMafia could learn a lot from David Hare’s new drama, Collateral... Here is a mystery, but Hare has left room for some state-of-the-nation stuff, too. Abdullah, for instance, was living in a garage before he died, another victim of a society that has turned its back on immigrants; among David’s many frustrations is the fact that the leader of his party, Deborah Clifford (Saskia Reeves), is spouting furiously the same anti-immigrant nonsense as the other side. My only reservation at this point is that no cop in the history of the world ever sounded or acted like Glaspie (I know whereof I speak: I was with a bunch of police officers only the other night – though you could just watch an old episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody and reach the same conclusion). Mulligan’s sardonic little smiles and studied middle-class weariness – she plays a former teacher, who gave up the profession because it was “too violent” – don’t quite work here. Luckily, she has a fantastically convincing sidekick in the form of DS Nathan Bilk (Nathaniel Martello-White).
(Rachel Cooke, New Statesman)
The rapid-fire dialogue that is rattled off at will by every character belies Hare’s roots in theatre... There’s a convenient six degrees of separation at work here, where everybody seems to know each other in some regard... but overall it’s so far, so good. It’s a definite melting pot of ideas coming together, with a veritable cornucopia of hot button political issues being filtered through the plot. This came across at certain points as a little preachy and as a result pulled you out of the moment, but Carey Mulligan’s excellent performance as the dour and matter-of-fact Glaspie centralizes the show and draws you in. With both the killer and victim known in the first episode, it will be interesting to see where Collateral goes next.
(Andy D, The Killing Times)

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