Five Days (2007)
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OK, with a good cast, but it sure took a long time to tell a story that could've been told in a feature-length film.
"Five Days" revolves around a singular event, that of the disappearance of Leanne Wellings(Christine Tremarco) at a highway service road when she is in the process of buying flowers for her grandfather(Edward Woodward). Was she murdered, abducted or did she simply run off? Not even her two youngest children could see what had happened and they too disappear, trying to find their way home. Tanya(Lucinda Dryzek), a 13-year old daughter from a previous marriage, lied to get out of going and instead went shopping. In this family, there are four generations of disfunction which Matt(David Oyelowo), ex-army and now a personal trainer, has married into which intersects with the disfunctional family of the police, who while not incompetent, only manage leads through the luckiest of breaks. Speaking of lucky, Josh(Al Weaver), a cub reporter, is in the right place and time to get a scoop while Sarah(Sarah Smart) happens upon an important discovery. Both of their lives are changed forever. DSI Iain Barclay(Hugh Bonneville) is under intense pressure to solve the case, probably because of what has been termed Missing White Woman Syndrome and race is one of the central themes here. Matt happens to be black and the younger police officers are from a variety of backgrounds including Simone(Nikki Amuka-Bird), a young policewoman assigned to the case. "Five Days" is a miniseries that tells a complex story from a variety of viewpoints, not only including the police and the family, but like I said above, the press.(Surprisingly, there is little heard from the legal profession.) It is not so much interested in the policework but the psychological ramifications of the disappearances. The first scenes are meant to convey a sense of the calm before the storm but instead they feel a bit overwhelming in introducing so many characters, so quickly. After the opening days of the investigation, the series skips ahead in time. With such a fresh approach, it is a shame that the mystery is wrapped up so perfunctorily. It would have been better if the ending had been left open which would have made the drama that much more compelling and haunting like "Homicide: Life on the Streets" back in the day.
Film is one of my passions. Because of that, the inevitable snobbery comes into play. Now I watch every Brit program that I can find. Their stories appear simple at the outset, then intrigue, complications, and whip-smart dialogue take over. This series nails it. I watched the whole thing in one sitting. It is that good.
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