Murder Prevention, Five

by | Oct 30, 2004 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it.

It’s a bit like Spooks and The Shield

What to say if you disliked it.

It’s a bit like Spooks and The Shield but nowhere near as good

What was good about it?

• The premise – “this is the future of policing. Predict the crime before it happens” – is quite exciting

• It’s all very slick with hand-hand cameras, filmic techniques, lots of pace and a sinister air

• Mark Rosen, the callow youth who is the unit’s new profiler played by Tom Brooke, is the only really interesting character

• The boss DCI Patrick Taylor speaks in handbookese – with a huge sense of irony – and he’s a bit tough but he’s no match for Spooks’ Harry or The Shield’s Vic

• Tilly Vosburgh (we love) was excellent as the downtrodden mum

• The terrifying, unflinching strangulation scene had real impact without being too gratuitous

• The childkiller (or self-styled “creator of angels”) was complex enough to be the best villain of the show, beating the cocky jogger who’s a suspected rapist

What was bad about it?

• The producers seem to be hoping for a US sale (eg there’s a reference to Internal Affairs)

• Sexy young actors Sean Gallagher and Sarah Smart have been cast as rather lightweight, incidental characters

• Some of the script is a bit clanky (“I wouldn’t have called you if it wasn’t for the Home Office directive”)

• The tough-as-old-boots DS Ray Lloyd is a bit of a cliché

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