Braquo: Season 1
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In French with English Subtitles Braquo is the internationally acclaimed, hard-hitting thriller about a squad of Paris cops who exist in the blurred boundaries at the edge of the law, using violence and intimidation to get the job done. The lives of these officers change radically when their squad leader is falsely accused of corruption and commits suicide.
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That said, there’s still a lot to like in this exciting French series about rogue cops who are only a bit better than the criminals they chase. Playing like Sydney Lumet’s great 1970s and 80s films about New York cops on steroids, this show about a high profile band of morose, angry police who’ve long since abandoned the rule of order pulls off something quite amazing, which is making you care about these morally almost – but not quite completely – corrupt people.
The acting is terrific, as is the casting. These cops look like real people, not TV actors, yet still have just enough sexy cool and charisma to ensnare you. And the show has a look that is edgy and gritty in an effective and exciting way, with lots of camera movement, shadowy lighting and interesting angles (profiles seem as common as head on close ups).
The ‘bad guys’ in this case are not just the truly scummy criminals our group faces, but also Internal Affairs, who are constantly looking for a way to bring these cops down. That’s tricky, since the squad is politically popular for getting results and solving high profile cases, so IA can’t go after them without an airtight case, which these guys make very hard to do. They know how to cover their tracks.
If only they hadn’t felt the need to fill the show with quite so many complex plot lines that don’t quite hold up on closer examination, and ‘how can they possibly get out of this’ moments often resolved in ways that are hard to buy, this could have been a classic. As it is, it’s still well-worth seeing.
But then we wouldn't have an exciting crime series to watch!
A rouge police unit who get results through sometimes - well always - unusual methods