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This was hands down the worst television show I've ever sat through. It's incredibly slow and drawn out. The sequence of events make absolutely no sense and the writing is all over the place. New characters suddenly appear without any explanation of who they are or how they relate to the situation. It felt like it took a lifetime to finally uncover the plot and it was such a lackluster conclusion that you're left with so much regret for having wasted your time for no pay off. I'm so shocked that this was produced by BBC as they are often masterminds of the murder mystery - this one most certainly fell short. So badly that I was compelled to write this review to save anyone from wasting their time with this nonsense.
Also - it was quite annoying that the title of the show is "Five Days" but it's never explained why. The plot takes place over some 79 days according to the episode titles??? Bad writing and show design all around.
A woman driving with her two kids stops by the road side to buy some flowers and is never seen again. Her two children are left with the car to fend for themselves, but they soon disappear too. A 5 part British miniseries that follows the police investigation as well as the effect on the family. A good police procedural that incorporates family drama into the mix. Good performances all around, especially from David Oyelowo and Penelope Wilton. It aired on HBO in North America.
Four days too long. A very slow moving story with uninteresting characters and boring dialogue. This might have been worth watching if it were cut to one or two hours. I couldn't get through it without employing the FF button quite a bit.
This 5 part mini series took place over 5 days in a kidnapping case that spanned a few months. The main difference with this story was that it did not focus much on the investigation but instead went in depth into the people and their reaction and feelings about the situation. It got very emotional at times and it is crazy yet realistic to see how something like a kidnapping can affect so many people and relationships. If you are wanting something like a CSI or Law and Order this is not for you, it is all about the process the people involved go through and nothing to do with the actual case itself. I enjoyed the change in pace and the focus being on something different but at times it did get a little dull but for a short mini series it was not bad.
Half police thriller half character study, this was a well written, well acted British miniseries with many twists and turns, focusing on the disappearance of a woman and how this situation affects and changes the lives of many people. 5 one hour episodes. Very entertaining.
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.
if you can hack the british accents, and the laid-back pace you will most likely enjoy this police procedural crime drama. lots of time devoted to character development. i must say i enjoyed it.
I truly enjoyed this miniseries. The two things that struck me the most? The plot revolves around a Black man who has an inter-racial family, however, the issue of race is handled very well. It didn't overwhelm the movie or the characters. Second, it was a hoot to see Edward Woodward, the actor who starred in television series, 'The Equalizer', back in the late 1980s.
"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.