My review of the seriously chilling Nordic Noir television series The Bridge appears below…
I advise any fan of dark detective stories to check it out!
Joining the hallowed ranks of Nordic crime thrillers and quality dramas Wallander, The Killing, and Borgen, comes The Bridge, the latest in a seemingly endless supply of intelligent adult television from Scandinavia.
Concentrating on the investigation of various grimly imaginative murders that begins with a body being discovered on the eponymous bridge that links the Swedish Malmö and the Danish capital Copenhagen, The Bridge is a gloriously dark slice of nourish detective work. As the initial body is found laying half on Swedish and half on Danish territory, the investigation is assigned as a joint operation.
This groups the brilliant and idiosyncratic (and possible Asperger’s Syndrome sufferer) Saga Noren (Sofia Helin) together with the more physical Dane Martin Rohde (The Killing’s Kim Bodnia) as they try to piece together the killer’s motivation and plot his next move.
The success of the series comes very much from this odd couple approach to the partnership. Both are extremely likeable in their own ways and both actors do a magnificent job in adapting to the intricacies and fine detail in the constantly shifting plot. Whereas Martin is a middle-aged family man all too susceptible to the joys and complexities of sensual pleasure, Saga lives much of her life in the cerebral world of thoughts and ideas.
With tight, fast paced direction, a sharp script and eccentric humour to brighten the worst of the horror, The Bridge is fully deserving of all the accolades that have been heaped upon it. Guaranteed to leave the viewer wanting more, there is a second series scheduled to appear in Autumn 2013 – this will no doubt seem like a long wait! Highly recommended; any fan of classy, gothic detective stories would do well to get on The Bridge.