Low Winter Sun 1 Season 2013

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Season 1
(92) IMDb 7.3/10

3. No Rounds TV-14 CC

Frank and Joe cover up the evidence.

Starring:
Mark Strong, Lennie James
Runtime:
43 minutes
Original air date:
August 25, 2013

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VERY MINOR SPOILERS:

Taken from a 2006 BBC 2-part mini-series. The aforementioned Mark Strong and Lennie James play Detroit cops Frank Andrews and Joe Geddes. Mr. Strong's credentials include everything from "Sherlock Holmes" to "Kick-Ass" while no less impressive, Mr. James is likely best known to US audiences for his 2-year stint on "Jericho".

There is a very good supporting cast, including David Costabile ("The Wire" & "Suits"), Sprague Grayden (Season 7 - "24") and several alumnus from "Generation Kill"

So a cop show set in Detroit? "Detroit 1-8-7" received a score of "63" on Metacritic (review aggregator), while "Low Winter Sun" received a score of "60". However, I like LWS much better than the former. I like the imagery of the Detroit backdrop, the potential for a multi-layered plot, which includes elements of flawed personalities and the "Old School Mafia" versus the "Young Turks". I don't see this as a show that will be easy for someone to fall in love with by virtue of one 43-minute episode. If AMC made a mistake here it was not debuting with double episode.

I say for the acting "chops" alone, give LWS a chance, with the potential to be either upgraded or downgraded a * consistent with the direction of the storylines.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Todd Smith on September 14, 2013
I needed a show to watch after Breaking Bad and the easiest thing to do is simply not change the channel, and that's how I discovered AMC's newest drama, Low Winter Sun. The show is an adaptation of the novel, Low Winter Sun by Simon Donald and if it sounds familiar to you, that because it has already been turned into a movie, back in 2006. While the show has a great time slot and a star who is already familiar with the role he's playing, the ratings for the show have been low and it's because the show has a lot of bark, but it really doesn't have any bite.

Set in the bankrupt city of Detroit, Low Winter Sun, tells the story of two police detectives, who murdered a third. The dead man, Det. McCann was dirty and was putting the whole department at risk and they did what they had to do. The murder of a cop in Detroit is big news and the Mayor wants it solved by the two best homicide detectives they have, who also happen to be the killers themselves. The men are being watched by internal affairs and the mayor, so they have to make it look like they are really trying to solve the case, but a third party keeps getting in the way. This party who unintentionally keeps popping up, is the mob affiliated group that had McCann on their payroll. Their activities threaten the investigation which could ultimately lead back to the two detectives.

The story makes for a good movie, but if this show is somehow renewed, which direction does it go it? Much like the Killing, this show is centered on one murder, but here the two main characters are the killers. Either they get caught and the series has to start a new in season two or the same story will just keep repeating itself until nobody cares anymore.

The lead in the show is Mark Strong, who also played the lead in the 2006 film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Buck Green on August 22, 2014
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This miniseries had its moments but I found Mark Strong a bit too stoic in the role. I am a big film buff and I imagined what William Holden or Burt Lancaster would have done with the role. Part of an actor's tools is not only his body but also his face through which he communicates emotion. Great actors use their facial expressions to convey a lot. I think of Robert Mitchum's reaction to Jane Greer killing Steve Brodie in "Out of the Past", or another perfect example, Marilyn Monroe awakening in the hospital room after having collapsed at the sight of her dead lover in the morgue in "Niagra." Monroe uses no dialogue but her reaction to hearing the church bells that awaken her in the hospital room is brilliant acting from an actress more remembered for comedic roles. Although I like Mark Strong, his portrayal was more like something Arnold Schwarzenegger would have done and, lets face it, Arnold is not a gifted actor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Fuleihan on August 22, 2013
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I'm looking forward to the rest of this series - the first two episodes were absorbing and gritty. I should be a keeper.
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VERY MINOR SPOILERS:

Taken from a 2006 BBC 2-part mini-series. The aforementioned Mark Strong and Lennie James play Detroit cops Frank Andrews and Joe Geddes. Mr. Strong's credentials include everything from "Sherlock Holmes" to "Kick-Ass" while no less impressive, Mr. James is likely best known to US audiences for his 2-year stint on "Jericho".

There is a very good supporting cast, including David Costabile ("The Wire" & "Suits"), Sprague Grayden (Season 7 - "24") and several alumnus from "Generation Kill"

So a cop show set in Detroit? "Detroit 1-8-7" received a score of "63" on Metacritic (review aggregator), while "Low Winter Sun" received a score of "60". However, I like LWS much better than the former. I like the imagery of the Detroit backdrop, the potential for a multi-layered plot, which includes elements of flawed personalities and the "Old School Mafia" versus the "Young Turks". I don't see this as a show that will be easy for someone to fall in love with by virtue of one 43-minute episode. If AMC made a mistake here it was not debuting with double episode.

I say for the acting "chops" alone, give LWS a chance, with the potential to be either upgraded or downgraded a * consistent with the direction of the storylines.
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