The Killing: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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AMC, having established itself a leader in smart and sophisticated counter-programming (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Rubicon), serves up another winner with "The Killing"--an adaptation of a successful Danish television series. I, personally, look at the show as the thematic cousin to "Twin Peaks" albeit with a completely different tone and vibe. Both shows center around the murder of a girl, both even feature the tagline "Who Killed.....(Rosie Larsen and Laura Palmer, respectively)," both chart three similar storylines, and both shows met with viewer hostility when the season didn't fully wrap up the murder mystery. In both, we see the investigation progress, we see the painful aftermath on the girl's family and friends, and we see how the murder may be tied to local politicians and bigwigs. That, of course, is where the similarities cease. "The Killing" is a deadly serious and contemplative drama set in Seattle--not at all encumbered with the quirky eccentricities that defined that other Washington State township. It is an intense and quiet show with a slow build--those eager for easy answers and constant action may need to look elsewhere. The pace of "The Killing" is more akin to the unraveling of a fine novel.
Through successive episodes, the path to identifying the murderer becomes increasingly muddy. Steely and determined Mireille Enos play the intrepid lead investigator haunted by past mistakes. She is unable to move on with her own life and, in fact, sacrifices potential happiness in her dogged pursuit of justice.Read more ›
The acting is flawless, the characters portrayed with depth and astounding vulnerability, and the scriptwriting is clean; not one extra word as "filler". Every moment is there precisely to move the story ahead with its deliberate, compelling pace. The pilot episode sets the tone for a series that tells the story of everyone involved without resorting to shock value or cheap thrills; it is a story of the human condition and it is told with great respect and compassion.
The direction and cinematography combine beautifully. It is clear from frame one that this collection of professionals work as though this project is a feature of high caliber and not just a typical television crime drama.
My congrats to those hardworking professionals, as I enjoy every episode. Thanks for your work. I only wish I could be there to help.
This is an American remake of a Danish tv series of the same name. I have seen the entire Danish tv series. This is a very faithful and well done recreation of the series yet changes it to English language and Seattle rather than Copenhagen. There are some fairly minor differences so far between the two scripts. For example, the lead detective, a woman, has a real battleaxe of a mother staying with her in the Danish version as she's getting ready for her second marriage in three weeks time. She has been eliminated in the American version but she is the only character to be eliminated. Since I found the mother very annoying, I don't see that as a flaw. Some other slight differences: her underling male detective in the American version is not hostile to her like he is in the Danish one. In fact, they seem to get along; the male politician in Copenhagen is a lot more complex character than he is in Seattle but that may be because Copenhagen politics are downright baffling.Read more ›
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One of the best series from the past 10 years!!! Any movie fan will want to add this series to their collection!!!!Published 5 days ago by lauren conte
It grows on one after a few episodes. The acting is on a high level.Published 8 days ago by Happy Reader
Do not watch this when you are down or depressed as you will be sobbing in minutes. Outstanding writing! Read morePublished 10 days ago by Sara Fryd
Just finished season one... what can I say production value, acting, script... I was so Invested I just could not and still can't digest this season. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Daniel
I love how they go into such detail about the daughter's murder and arrangements afterward. It's heart-wrenching! You feel like you're going thru it with them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JEANNETTA JOHNSON
Wow. This is a great series both from a writing and acting standpoint. It move pretty slowly plot wise since it takes two seasons to resolve the murder but it's worth it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CBack
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