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Title: The Bridge – Bron / Broen
Cast: Sofia Helin, Kim Bodnia
10 x 60 Min./ Denmark, Sweden / Crime, Thrille
3.50 out of 5
Reviewed by: Sieto Kooijker

After the success of The Killing, Borgen, Wallander, but also the Millennium Trilogy film series , we must say the best crime series of the last few years are from Scandinavia. In 2011 there even was a remake of The Killing, which was broadcast in the US by AMC. Enough reason to discuss the tv-show The Bridge.

Around midnight, a malfunction is reported on Öresundsbrug the bridge that connects Denmark with Sweden. It soon becomes apparent that this malfunction is the beginning of a plan of a psychopath. This one has used this moment a plant a body on the bridge. It is right on the border between Sweden and Denmark. The Swedish and Danish police therefore are forced to cooperate with each other. Not only is language and legislation a barrier, but also the huge difference in characters. This is already evident from the first meeting between the Danish detective Martin Rohde a somewhat nonchalant and Saga Norén who seems to have a sort of developmental disorder almost autistic-like. This results in bizarre conversations between the two, but also provides some humor in the series. It soon becomes apparent that this is only the beginning of a series of crimes that the killer has planned. He wants his murders to draw attention to five important social problems.

The series are beautifully built into 10 episodes each of them are strong. We subtly follow different story lines in the series. It is not always clear which of these lines lead to something and what their importance are for the story. This however is also its strong side. The Killing set the bar very high for all crime series. The Bridge certainly seems to reach this level. The Bridge is a must for fans of the genre.

Rating 4.5 out of 5
Reviewed by: Sieto Kooijker
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