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Braquo Season 1
Reviewed by
Simon Black
on
Braquo Season 1 DVD Review Beyond Home Entertainment’s two disc set includes all 8 hour-long episodes from Season 1, and is a must see for fans of exciting, realistic and impeccably crafted drama. 
Rating:
4.25

Feature 9.0
Video 7.5
Audio 6.5
Special Features   0.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: BHE
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 416 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: MA15+

8.0

 
Braquo Season 1

The latest critically-acclaimed entrant into a genre that can seemingly do no wrong - think Headhunters, The Killing, Easy Money and Spiral - European crime drama Braquo is as lean, gritty and uncompromising as any of its thematic forbears.  And it likewise makes for riveting viewing. 

Comparisons with The Wire are unavoidable, and largely justified: like that series, Braquo (French for heist) is the brainchild of a former police officer turned screenwriter, and both offer unflinching depictions of the inner city and its seamier inhabitants.  In this case the creator is Olivier Marchal, whose previous directorial credits include the excellent Gerard Dépardieu vehicle 36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004) and the solid but oft-overlooked serial killer noir MR 73 (2008).  Drawing on both his law enforcement background and his previous cinematic experience, Marchal has created one of the most unforgettable police dramas of recent memory. 

Like many of its characters the series is violent, brutal, ugly and unstable.  Just when you think an equilibrium has been maintained, something happens to shock you out of your comfort zone - this is a show which features a bare minimum of down time.  It isn’t a relaxing view in the typical, but if you can immerse yourself in its grim milieu it is an eminently rewarding one.  The characters are fresh, well-drawn and uniformly realistic - drug dealers and other criminals are shown as rounded, human and conflicted, not as two dimensional narrative props, and police officers are frequently as disgusted by the crimes that confront them as the viewer is.  In the opening scene, for instance, a detective is so sickened by the details of his crime that he interrogates a rapist by jamming a biro into his eyeball, and it’s as worthy an introduction as could be envisaged for this unvarnished and frequently challenging series. 

Beyond Home Entertainment’s two disc set includes all 8 hour-long episodes from Season 1, and is a must see for fans of exciting, realistic and impeccably crafted drama. 

Bonus Features

Non, none.






 
 



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