A very absorbing final episode of Wallander, the dark Swedish crime thriller brought to a UK tv audience by the BBC. This episode seemed almost more grim than the other two so far screened as it seemed to have the most murders.
The storyline was deeply complex and mostly a mystery, right up until the end. Dead teenagers, a homosexual police detective who also gets killed, more murders, vivid scenes of the Swedish outback, Wallander himself looking like a zombie from so little sleep and illness. Surreal country-scapes, the dead bodies of children looking like broken dolls and to top it off – a psychopathic transvestite.
No point in me dissecting the plot line in depth suffice to say it’s a real shame that only three of these were made. To me it has far more appeal than any of the other police dramas we have on TV. Masses of originality, luscious cinematography, excessively dark and twisted story lines (as I’ve said before, it’s like a TV version of the film Seven).
I have never been a huge Branagh fan but I thought he was excellent in this.
Let’s hope they make some more. I may even read the books now too.
Overview of Wallander on the BBC