Pointless Nonsense

Posted in tv by Bill on January 19, 2012

The Shadow Line is a a BBC series about a murder that has both the police and criminals trying to figure out what happened. It has a downright glacial pace, with long periods of silence, extremely minimalist music. It’s also a rather complex plot with a few different groups of people trying to figure out what’s going on, and unfortunately, my constant inability to remember characters’ names makes things a bit confusing. But it’s also a dark, violent crime thriller, and I do tend to enjoy the hell out of these things.

It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Christopher Eccleston, which was my main reason for watching it. I’ve barely seen Christopher Eccleston in anything, and one of them (GI Joe) was quite crappy, but he struck me as an excellent actor (especially in his brief stint on Heroes). As it turns out, neither Ejiofor or Eccleston have particularly interesting characters, but Stephen Rea totally steals every scene he’s in as a ruthless and cold villain.


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