The Killing

Series 2 - 4. The Killing II

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

So you thought the opening episodes of the new series were a bit draggy and talky? I know you did and you were right. But after those two hours of sometimes painfully obscure exposition and establishment, The Killing suddenly lifts off to become a ricocheting, buzzing thriller.

The plot at last starts to pulse with energy as Sarah Lund and her hunky new sidekick Strange (nice sexual tension, by the way) start to fathom why lawyer Anne Dragsholm and an ex-soldier were both tortured and executed.

As they — and we — feel our way through the murk, everything becomes drenched in urgent, claustrophobic menace; the killer is ruthless and on a mission. He/she will not stop. Admittedly, there’s still a bit too much bickering between politicos in nondescript government back rooms. But even here the outline of a potentially explosive conspiracy is beginning to take shape.

Still, it’s the action that grabs, as Lund and Strange are caught in the wilderness. And they are not alone.

About this programme

4/10. Lund and Strange think the killer they are investigating has claimed a third victim when another body is found - but Special Branch believes the detectives are targeting the wrong suspect. Meanwhile, an under-pressure Buch discovers some surprising secrets about his predecessor. Danish crime thriller, starring Sofie Grabol.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sarah Lund
Sofie Grabol
Thomas Buch
Nicolas Bro
Karina Munk Jorgensen
Charlotte Guldberg
Carsten Plough
Preben Kristensen
Jens Peter Raben
Ken Vedsegaard
Louise Raben
Stine Praetorius
Torsten Jarnvig
Flemming Enevold
Lennart Brix
Morten Suurballe
Ulrik Strange
Mikael Birkkjaer
Erik Konig
Soren Pilmark
Ruth Hedeby
Lotte Andersen
Gert Grue Eriksen
Kurt Ravn
Gunnar Torpe
Lars Sidenius
Christian Sogaard
Carsten Bjornlund
Said Bilal
Igor Radosavljevic
Birgitte Agger
Benedikte Hansen
Erling Krabbe
Jens Jacob Tychsen
Flemming Rossing
Ole Lemmeke
Abdel Hussein Kodmani
Ramadan Huseini
Vibeke Lund
Anne Marie Helger
Bjorn
Asger Reher
Lisbeth Thomsen
Lotte Munk

Crew

Director
Hans Fabian Wullenweber
Writer
Soren Sveistrup
Writer
Michael W Horsten
Categories
Drama