the Tv series is, as you know, the new black, and the days where DR and TV2 was unchallenged on the Danish market, are long over. Channel 5 has had the ambitious 'taking hostage' on the program, Netflix the disappointing 'The Rain' and Viaplay launched last year, the energetic gavtyvedrama 'Freedom' with the bl.a. Lars Ranthe and Lene Maria Christensen.
Now Viaplay on the track again with politiserien 'The kills - caught by darkness'. If the title sounds a little familiar, it's really not so strange. There is talk about a 'continuation' of the Tv-2 series of the same name from 2011, which also was a failed feature film in 2012, directed by Birger Larsen and Jakob Cedergren and Laura Bach in the supporting roles.
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however, It is really only the name and theme, the two series have in common, and it is due primarily to a series in its time became a big success in Sweden and Norway (actually considerably larger than at home), where Viaplay is also a great player. But the whole team both in front of and behind the cameras have been switched out.
the Instruction is placed in the hands of Carsten Myllerup, who earlier has been behind the julekalenderne 'Jesus and Josefine' (2003) and 'Juleønsket' (2015) as well as various other tv series such as 'Summer' and 'Anna Pihl'. The story is written by Ina Bruhn, who also has a longer c.v. with various movies and tv series from the 'Nikolaj and Julie' to 'Rita'. The original idea was conceived by the krimiforfatteren Elsebeth Egholm, but she is also not around anymore. It does not matter.
the main roles are played by Kenneth M. Kristensen and Natalie Madueño, respectively, as the policeman Jan and psychologist/profileren Louise. The story is as such not wildly original. A young woman has disappeared, and a ten year old corpse of another young woman pops up. Jan idea a context, and thus, we have suddenly had a serial killer to do.
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He summons Louise, who actually has left the police - why do we (yet) - and works as a therapist at a home for battered women. Jan has also its to contend with - he has just been divorced - and 'those who kill - caught by darkness' is a distillate of the genre's conventions - for now-not to say clichés. I wonder if that murderer also has had a difficult childhood?
There's no way fucket with the form, as you see, for example, the 'True Detective' and 'The kills - caught by darkness' wins no points for originality, but the performance and the engagement fails nothing. It is a lot better than its progenitor, so the tracks away should not scare one away. If you want genuine entertainment of a more morbid kind, you can go far worse places to go than here.
And so, incidentally, will be pleased that there are new players on the field. It may in the long run only be to raise the level generally.
Medv.: Kenneth M. Christensen, Natalie Madueño, Peter Mygind, Signe Egholm Olsen m.fl.