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Entertaining police procedural
on February 10, 2010
Thanks to Amazon for making one of the original Swedish Wallander film available to US fans!
First off, yes, the movie is produced as a DVDR by Amazon, but the quality all around is quite top-notch. The packing itself looks professional, and the video quality of the movie looks wonderful and doesn't suffer one bit. Buying a DVDR movie sounds strange, I'm sure, but Amazon produces a good product.
Secondly, and most importantly, the movie.
(MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD)
I've only seen one of the other original Wallander films - "The White Lioness", which is the only other one available in Region 1 with English subtitles. While that one looked rather...shoddy production-wise, "One Step Behind" is a huge step up. This movie is polished and slick, and looks beautiful.
Now, the story here has been tweaked somewhat, but not to the point where it detracts from the material. Another reviewer here criticizes the film for butchering the story and not following the novel at all. Frankly, I'd like to know what movie he/she was watching. Yes, there are changes made, but the story remains intact, and still deals with the murder of three teenagers and one of Wallander's colleagues, Svedberg, and the team must start investigating his life in order to understand his connection with these killings. There are characters added and others excised from the film, but again, nothing that detracts from the story. Though this film seems to skimp on Wallander's own personal dramas, they try to compensate by giving Wallander a coworker (not from the novels) whom he dated previously.
But none of the thrills or suspense are sacrificed. Having read the novel and watched the BBC version with Kenneth Branagh, I still enjoyed it thoroughly, and recommend it to all Mankell/Wallander fans out there.