WALLANDER DVD Review

Wallander DVD

I mentioned the release of WALLANDER on DVD last week, and recommended you take a look at it. At the time I hadn’t yet seen it, but now that I have, I can confirm that you should definitely give Wallander a chance and check it out.

Wallander stars Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallander, a Swedish detective and disillusioned man, who struggles to find meaning in what he is doing, after seeing gruesome crimes and murders that seem incomprehensible. Along the way he will uncover even worse crimes that he didn’t expect to find.

The show is based on the best-selling books by Henning Mankell, but only three stories have been put onto film so far. They are Sidetracked, Firewall, and One Step Behind.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect with the show, especially since we have seen cop stories over and over again. But Wallander is not like every cop story that you have seen. It’s twisted and dark, and has a special something that keeps you coming back for more.

The very first scene from the first episode, “Sidetracked” sets the tone for the show. The powerful scene features a fifteen year-old girl lighting herself on fire in front of Wallander. This leads to his investigating of what drove her to suicide. He eventually uncovers the shocking truth and this episode will leave you on the edge of you seat. Nothing is ever what it seems.

The second episode, “Firewall” also starts out with quite a powerful scene. We cut back and worth between two young girls walking away and the body of a man in a taxi. Once again this crime sends Wallander on a hunt to find out the reasons behind this murder. And once again, he will find that things are not just black or white, and that there is a lot of evil in the world.

The third episode, “One Step Behind” was probably my least favorite of the three, but it still kept the same feel and story development that we have come to expect after the first two episodes. This time the crime touches Wallander and his team closer to home. It is quite the conclusion to the series.

I think what makes Wallander different from other shows that I have seen is that the stories are really compelling and keep you guessing. It’s not the typical cop show. There are so many twist and turns, so many cover-ups that each episode will keep you guessing until the end. In addition, you get a really brilliant cast that bring these characters alive and make you care about them. Kenneth Branagh really becomes that character of Wallander and makes you see the world through his eyes. It’s quite brilliant.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the three episodes. The stories are really well structured and the filmmakers also gave the episodes a really interesting look. There are talks of making more episodes and I really hope that happens, because I would definitely enjoy seeing Wallander solving more crimes.

So if you’re looking for a great cop mystery/drama, I would suggest you take a look at Wallander. I think you will be surprised by how good it is.

The DVD also contains some extra features that include a few featurettes and interviews about Wallander, that you might be interested in if you enjoyed the show.

You can buy Wallander on DVD on Amazon.

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Wallander Synopsis: Kenneth Branagh plays Swedish detective Kurt Wallander in three new crime dramas based on the best-selling books by Henning Mankell, an international publishing phenomenon with over 25 million copies sold worldwide. Sidetracked, Firewall, and One Step Behind follow Inspector Kurt Wallander – a disillusioned everyman – as he struggles against a rising tide of violence in the seemingly sleepy backwaters in and around Ystad in beautiful southern Sweden. Baffling crimes and apparently motiveless murders lead to surprising and shocking discoveries in these Swedish noir thrillers.

Extra Features:

– Who is Kurt Wallander?
– Branagh’s Wallander
– The Wallander Look
– Branagh and Mankell Interview