Who Killed Rosie Larsen?

Monday, May 16, 2011
A friend mentioned to me the other day that he was watching a fantastic new series on AMC called The Killing.  Since I love a good murder mystery, I figured I'd give it a try. Plus, AMC has produced a number of excellent programs including The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad (which I didn't personally like but lots of people do) and Mad Men.  I was hooked within minutes. 

According to the show's website, The Killing "is based on the wildly successful Danish television series Forbrydelsen and tells the story of the murder of a young girl in Seattle and the subsequent police investigation ... The Killing ties together three distinct stories around a single murder including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim's grieving family, and the suspects. Set in Seattle, the story also explores local politics as it follows politicians connected to the case. As the series unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they've moved on, their past isn't done with them.

I've only watched the first part of the two part premier but the dark, dreary, drizzly atmosphere combined with a great story reeled me in:  hook, line and sinker.  There were a number of times in that one hour that I found myself thinking back to the way Mathieu Kassovitz's Les Rivieres Pourpres makes me feel every time I watch it.  The music, the cinematography ... the overall feel ... was something that you just don't normally get from American film or television.  Great story, great characters, great scenery, great cinematography, and subtle music that you barely notice but which sets the perfect tone.  To me, this has the potential to be amazing.

Those that know me will tell you I hate remakes.  There is rarely a time when I think a remake, whether television or film, is worth watching.  This time, however, I think AMC has scored a hit.  If you get a chance, watch it!  The Killing airs Sunday nights on AMC.

A little bit of trivia for you, the series is filmed in Vancouver (yay Canada...we're cheaper!) and the original Danish version (ooooh how I would love to see how they compare!) stars Lars Mikkelsen, brother of one of my favourite actors, Mads.


Red said...

Yeah, Lars Mikkelsen plays the young, idealistic politician, the unfortunately named Troels.


nbrsspot.blogspot.com said...

Wish we had cable and I would watch it. but of course we dont and me working 3rd shift I dont watch much tv anyway..

Anonymous said...

Greetings from England. We've just had the original Danish series on over here and I must confess I didn't like it - I watched the first 3 or 4 shows then turned off. Twenty one hour episodes about one crime was just too much for me - I like deep and complex but there is a limit! What made it worse was that I guessed early on who the killer was and tuned in for the last episode to check... and I was right! It was only luck of course but it added to my disappointment. Much better shows (if you can get them in Canada) are Wallender from Sweden and Engrenage (Spirals) from France. Great blog btw. Regards.

Karen said...

Thanks for visiting, Anonymous. Funny but a couple of other folks from the UK told me the same thing (and suggested Engrenage as well). I'd make a terrible detective because I'm highly confused as to who the killer is - it seems to change with every episode: the teacher, the new cop, the mayor, the teacher, the former boyfriend, the politician's assistant. Arrgggh.

Currently trying to locate a copy of Engrenage. In general, I find European films/television to be far superior to anythign we produce over hear. And a lot of our "original" programming are just remakes of better versions created elsewhere.

Tweety, you're not missing a whole lot. There's really not a lot of decent television out there. Every once in a while though something comes along. You're probably better off.

Red, ugh. Poor fellow.

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