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If Bloodlands initially strikes you as being a tad ponderous and formulaic, do stick around. The action starts to clip along, with nifty cinematography and deft use of the locations around the lovely Strangford Lough.
This slow-burning but not overlong mystery contains no wild, subversive stylistic flourishes; it's just a chilly, thoughtful, well-written and superbly acted story that connects specific, personal grief with the larger understanding...
There are fine scenes of high tension and then convoluted twists that are more incongruous than hair-raising. Throughout, mind you, there's the compelling, whispering intimation, an apprehension that the evil of the past isn't dead and buried.
Bloodlands is ultimately a serviceable crime drama with an interesting and complicated story to tell, but unfortunately it's too focused on plotting to make us care deeply about the characters involved.
Mr. Brandon's storyline is that rare thing, an absolute shocker, with a plausible sense of Belfast and its current political atmosphere.
A conventional police procedural, with conventional script mannerisms and one of those conventional, troubled heroes... Yet. There were some excellent secondary characters, particularly Lorcan Cranitch as Brannick's boss.
Nesbitt is so impressive, in fact, it's a shame that most of the supporting cast of Bloodlands are drawn paper-thin.
A solid drama that moves through its story efficiently without a lot of fuss.
The unrelenting grey, grimness of Bloodlands might be just what you're in the market for at the moment, a welcome distraction from the world outside your front door. But it also might bring you crashing back down to earth.
Bloodlands is a detective drama with ever-changing pace, excellent performances from its stellar cast, scenic Belfast backdrops and a multi-layered plot that'll leave you counting down the days until the next episode airs.
Audience Reviews for Bloodlands: Series 1
Apr 10, 2021I didn't expect the plot twist. Good acting, but very dark.
Apr 09, 2021Wasted our time. Every hour-long episode seemed much longer but we persevered through to the wholly unsatisfying conclusion. Don't people use cellphones to warn others (and protect themselves) before "going down dark scary roads." I guess not in the world of Bloodlands. The only thing larger than the many bullet holes are the holes within the plot. Don't think we'll be on the Season Two ride.
Apr 09, 2021Complicated but well presented "who done it". Makes you want to stay up late to find out what comes out in the next episode. Keep track of the characters and evidence or you will find yourself rewatching to be sure you "understand". What you saw. Good challenging thriller without all the blood and gore so prevalent in most other crime shows.
Mar 20, 2021Enjoyed this series, starts a bit slowly but quickly speeds up and becomes interesting.
Mar 15, 2021To start with I thought it was very good, a bit confusing at times, but very good all the same. The ending of the final episode, however, was very disappointing. I'm not going to give the final plot away, but it was so full of holes that it ruined the whole story. There is going to be a second series, but I doubt very much that I will watch it, hence my low score.
Mar 14, 2021Have any of these MSM luvvies ever been to the province ? Much as I love my beloved Belfast ( and it is shown in all its splendour ) , this is nothing more than a grandiose soap opera. Seriously idiotic scriptwriting and direction ; Lorchan reprising his character from "Fitch", " are we talking in vowels now " ? Wee IRA wifey walks into local PSNI HQ, accompanied by seriously unconvincing hoods, unchallenged, to spout off at the DCI for 30 seconds and leaves ? Totally unrealistic drama, Nesbitt hams it up for the ages. It's embarrassing in the extreme, it won't be nailing any awards. The attempts at "accent", by several of the cast is cringeworthy. In the final episode, Nesbitt ( being rumbled ) asks the station telephone operator " who was the last number to call this line ? " Seriously ? That can't be done via a telephone exchange ?
Mar 01, 2021Drawn in halfway through episode 1, I re-watched from the beginning and set the reminder for episode 2. Gripping. Detailed. Expect twists turns and expect the unexpected.... And it is only episode 2! Reminder set for episode 3! Enjoy!