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THE FALL, SERIES 1
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“Relentlessly original, consistently gripping” —The Guardian (U.K.)
“Anderson is magnificent.” —Daily Record (U.K.)
“Electrifying and terrifying” —The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.)
“Fantastically gripping, unexpected, and creepy” —Daily Mail (U.K.)
Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) smolders as a British detective summoned to Belfast to solve a high-profile murder. She quickly recognizes the signs of a serial killer, but the culprit (Jamie Dornan, Once Upon a Time) has already targeted his next victim. Over five engrossing episodes, this psychological thriller follows both the hunter and the hunted as they attempt to outmaneuver each other in “an intriguing game of cat and mouse” (The Sunday Times, U.K.).
Heralded as “one of the best BBC dramas in years” (The Guardian, U.K.), The Fall proves as riveting as it is unsettling, granting rare insight into the mind of a sociopath. Critics rave that “Anderson is sublime, almost otherworldly, while Dornan…matches her for icy charisma” (Daily Mail, U.K.). The stellar cast also features Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and John Lynch (In the Name of the Father).
Contains nudity, disturbing images, and sexual situations
Top Customer Reviews
"The Fall" is uniquely structured in a number of ways. Although we closely follow Anderson's role in the investigation, equal time is spent with the murderer (Jamie Dornan from Once Upon A Time). This is never a mystery to be solved, but a contrast of two obsessed personality types. Interestingly enough, it is Dornan who appears to have the more balanced and fulfilling life with an important job as a grief counselor, a supportive wife, and two loving kids. Anderson, meanwhile, seems to make no long-lasting connections.Read more ›
British television has seen a surge of popularity in recent years with hits like Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, and Sherlock crossing the Atlantic to find popularity here in the States. Personally, I've now seen three British crime shows (Sherlock, Luther, and The Fall), and all three are quite good in their own way. Starring Gillian Anderson (Agent Scully of The X-Files fame), The Fall revolves around a serial killer terrorizing Belfast by murdering young professional women in their homes. Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Anderson) is brought in to investigate the murders.
The plot of The Fall is incredibly straightforward; the police are out to catch a serial killer. On its own, that doesn't sound very interesting. What makes The Fall interesting is the time it takes allowing the audience to get to know the serial killer. We know that Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) is the killer; there's no mystery for us. But the series spend an equal amount of time going back and forth between Gibson's hunt to catch the killer and Paul's everyday life as a husband, father, and grief counselor.Read more ›
Simultaneously, we meet the villain, who lives a double life and seems an unlikely candidate to perpetrate these murders. So, it's a bit cat and mouse as Stella begins to identify just what kind of individual is doing these crimes and why, drawing nearer to the killer.
The acting is subdued and deep. There's a menacing atmosphere pervading. For my own taste, I prefer less violent and graphic crimes. However, the series was so well-done and the acting riveting by Gillian Anderson as Stella that I couldn't not watch. The plot and denouement is original and I will sample the next installment in the series. 5 stars if you are okay with the violence and some nudity. I like cerebral mysteries with less violence, but with the same quality of acting and originality of plot. Enjoyed the Belfast backdrop.
Then, I got to the climax of Series One. Five hours in and things are starting to pick up. The slow-burn directing style is starting to pay off in grinding suspense. And at the end -- SPOILER -- nothing happens. No conflict in any of the plots or subplots are resolved, not one. It's not just that the bad guy gets away; at least that would be an ending.Read more ›
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What's the old cliché about serial killers? "He was quiet and he kept to himself"? Well, not so in the BBC's five-part series, The Fall. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good series. Very intense. Love Jamie Dornan. Enjoyed him in this. He's the reason I bought the series.Published 5 days ago by Margaret Fuggetta
Everyone should watch this show. Nothing else on TV matches this.Published 9 days ago by Debra K. Anthony
Nice to see Gillian. Slightly dark for my taste, but acting is superb along with production --and did I say -- nice to see Gillian?Published 14 days ago by listen440hz