Wallander

DVD - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Wallander
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Three new crime dramas based on the best selling books by Henning Mankell - Sidetracked, Firewall, and One Step Behind follow Inspector Kurt Wallander, a disillusioned everyman, as he struggles against a rising tide of violence in southern Sweden.

Publisher: [United States] : British Broadcasting Corporation : BBC Video : 2 Entertain, [2009]
Edition: Widescreen presentation
ISBN: 1419883356
9781419883354
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama WALLANDER
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (270 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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Yes indeed, Kenneth Branagh makes a great Wallander! Three new crime dramas based on the best selling books by Henning Mankell - Sidetracked, Firewall, and One Step Behind follow Inspector Kurt Wallander, a disillusioned everyman, as he struggles against a rising tide of violence in southern Swed... Read More »


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Jan 20, 2015

Tom H - also on Netflix

Oct 20, 2014
  • talktimereader rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

When viewing other comments on this series, I wonder if we all saw the same thing?

I found this series very unbelievable. Poorly written and unexpectedly poor acting from Kenneth Branagh.

With so many outstanding British detective series, I would recommend you look elsewhere for entertainment.

Oct 09, 2014
  • harrybrowne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As brilliant and outstanding as Season One. From the acting (especially the superb Kenneth Branagh), to the directing, the music (haunting and eerie), the scenery (mostly bleak and dreary), the dialogue and character development. And seems Hitchcockian in concept (a good thing, btw).

Not pretty to watch though; can be gruesome and despairing. Odd bit about the flies too, same as in Season One.

Deserves all the awards it has gotten.

Jul 16, 2014
  • naturalist rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

With good reason, he is Sir Kenneth Branagh.

Jul 08, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Amen to HarryBrowne comments. I want to add that i went into this with a bit of trepidation. I didn't have much hope for it and wasn't looking for anything so incredibly involved and wonderfully written. The scenery is amazing, but that is only a bonus to the juicy story lines

Jun 30, 2014
  • harrybrowne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Outstanding BBC series based on the Swedish detective. Kenneth Branagh is superb as Wallander. World-weary, introspective and ever so human. Scenery is gorgeous, score is haunting and appropriate to the subject matter. Not drenched in sex and violence, it is bleak, dark and gloomy nevertheless. which is fitting for these dramas.

Jun 18, 2014
  • stuvw27 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It's the tried and true BBC/Mystery formula (as popularized so many years ago by the "Morse" series) of the detective with personal problems as portrayed in a landscape with a fine sense of place. Unfortunately, this template has been used so much it has become contemptuously familiar. This time around, everything is so hyped up as to be annoying. The title character spends an inordinate amount of time driving around (in a Volvo) pretty, rural ultra-Swedish locations (shot with the color saturation set on max and plenty of filters) accompanied by portentous, repetitive, overly dramatic music. Do not mistake tarted-up, attractive pictures with good cinematography. These scenes appear to have been added merely to prove the show was shot in Sweden and to fill out the hour and a half program length. By the third episode the plot seems to be more (by far) about the detective's personal problems with just enough whodunit added to keep the pot on simmer. The music track is also burdened with a title theme featuring a "sensitive singer-songwritery" voice crooning words that do not appear to have anything at all to do with the story (or even have any coherent meaning) in typical alt/pop fashion. Once in each episode there is a collegial meeting in which Our Hero bursts into angry shouting and storms out of the room only to be followed by his boss who tenderly suggests he go home and have a nice lay down. It can only be assumed that the demographic for this show was middle-aged, comfortably wealthy women who want to fantasize about Kenneth as the sensitive-type he-man. However, how can we take seriously a person who needs to have other people die horribly before he can make any self-realizations? Why would any police force allow a person such as this to be in charge of solving heinous crimes? In all fairness I should say that the acting is quite good, not only Mr. Branagh but also some nice supporting actors (a couple of whom had regular roles in the "Lovejoy" series a few years back). Having never been to Sweden I now know that Swedes appear to be obsessed with people in hoodies abusing senior citizens.

Jan 06, 2014
  • Newsgirl57 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wallander, a police detective, investigates and solves murder cases in Sweden while trying to sort out problems in his personal life. The murders are complicated. Enjoyed the backdrop of the Swedish countryside. Very much worth watching.

Sep 18, 2013
  • dam62 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Appropriate for viewers who have not been 'dumbed down' by American car chase programs/'shoot-em-ups' this series is a treasure.

Aug 26, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Three stories by Henning Markell were converted into full-length feature films for the television by BBC. I don't know how they compared to the Swedish versions but stand-alone they are pretty gripping and well-acted.

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