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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

TV Show Review: "The Shadow Line"

As good as the Brits are at giving us goofy comedies in their uniquely quirky style, they know how to bring us dark dramas as well ("Luther" is a good example of this). "The Shadow Line" is one such instance of this dark dramatic style & brings this dark intensity with no holds barred.

"The Shadow Line" is a mini-series (7 episodes) about drug trafficking & murder in London. The over-arching story is the investigation of the murder of a drug lord named Harvey Wratten. It is told from both sides of the "line", showing the perspective of the criminals and the police. And there is most definitely a fine line between both, with that line (not surprisingly) being crossed very often. Just when you think you know where this story is going, it drops a bomb on you. And just when you think you know the morality of all the players, that changes quickly as well.

There are many plot twists & turns and you have to pay close attention to everything that is going on. This show is not for the weak-minded or those with short attention spans. It is very dark, intense and some of the acts that get perpetrated are not typical for a TV show.

All of the actors perform excellently, with standout performances given by Chiwetel Ejiofor as main detective Jonah Gabriel, Christopher Eccleston as organized crime lieutenant Joseph Bede, Stephen Rea as the hitman Gatehouse and Rafe Spall as Jay Wratten, Harvey's psychotic nephew.

I really liked "The Shadow Line"...8.0/10 stars

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