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Line of Duty S4, E8: AC-12 finally unmasks the truth about Operation Trapdoor and balaclava man, along with a few surprises on the way! (spoiler alert)

Th is is a review of Series 4, episode 8 of Line of Duty, which is finally coming to a close!

We were all left wondering whether Roz would get away with framing her husband and if Micheal would be innocently convicted. We found out….

 So this was the finale?

The finale was unexpected and extremely gripping. We knew in our minds that balaclava man could have been more than one person, but hoped that it wasn’t.

What I thought of the plot and outcome?

The plot was twisted (as we would have expected) and we only really found out the extent of the culprits by the end. The plot was intense and we were put through a series of emotions, such as impatience (when Roz would not admit her doings on Tim), sadness (when we thought Micheal would go to jail as innocent), relieved (when Roz admitted her offence) and surprised (by the involvement of Jamie in the plot).

There was some suspicion around Hilton and the viewers in this case would have be right. Hilton sent and recommended Jamie to work at AC-12 to presumably watch the case and the person connecting them together was Lakewell. He was not balaclava man, but he did frame Micheal Farmer. It was all a group effort and AC-12 could not have pinned it on to Lakewell, without Roz becoming detective. In some way I like her more than I did before this episode as she looked into every detail, in turn convicting him of perverting the cause of justice.

I still don’t understand though… Roz admitted to murdering Tim accidentally, yet she covered her tracks, adding on more suspicion? Why did she not just admit it instead of going to all the trouble of pinning it on her husband and tampering with the evidence? It seemed like she would have denied the murder (convicted manslaughter) if she had not been found out by AC-12 and the clothes and evidence she hid were not recovered?

I do think that this series was quite unrealistic and was lengthened to fit six episodes. In my opinion, it could have been shorter and less farfetched, whilst getting the same outcome and emotions from the viewers.

Am I excited for the next series?

Yes!  We could be faced with a new case in the next series or the return of Balaclava man, bearing in mind that there were many people involved in the operation who AC-12 were not informed of!

Star Rating

Overall I would give this episode:

5 star rating

What an episode to end the series! The five star rating is well deserved!

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Broadchurch S3 E6: Work-life balance is difficult for everyone, even Miller and Hardy!

In this review, I am discussing Broadchurch. In episode 6, we saw the case continue with suspects coming and going.

My Thoughts

This episode informed us of compelling evidence against Ed that was the most conclusive breakthrough yet. My initial impression of Ed at the start was that he was very understanding. Part of me is now worried that he can hide behind that persona and be totally different. I know that in these series, nothing is as it seems…

We saw the emotions run high between the residents, especially Ed and Jim. Ed liked Trish and seemed to lose control when he faced Jim, after he found out that they had slept together. He seemed very obsessed with her and had photos from 10 years ago… and he sent her the flowers, which was kind of creepy. He can also get violent, as we could see from Jim’s facial injuries.

We have seen Miller and Hardy work together for three series now and have developed a fact file of their personalities. Miller, being funny and sensitive and Hardy, in contrast, being direct and very focused.

But in this episode, we saw an angry side to Miller. Smashing laptops and phones after finding her sons porn, Miller seemed to have bottled a lot of anger and it was now all being released. It was kind of scary as I would not have imagined her as this controlling. Hardy on the other hand, was very sensitive and when his daughter Daisy wanted to move back in with his mum, he took a softer, motivational approach and begged for her to stay. It was moving and I felt my heart melt with his words.

It seemed that the case was becoming more than a job, and was developing into an obsession. With so much at stake, it was easy to neglect family and lose track of what was going on. I felt sorry for them as it can’t have been easy.

Hardy and Miller were also angry at Katie – Ed was her father! Katie was hesitant to tell them and refused to get involved in the interview with Ed and no wonder…  Miller worked so hard to get to where she was and Katie just swanned in after 6 months training and potentially compromised the case!

Conclusion

Overall I found the case focused more on the detectives and their families, which is nice as it suggested that their job is not the only thing they are dealing with. They are human too. The plot in this episode seemed very plausible too. I found the episode gripping, intense and personal. I also cried at the end (you will know why if you have seen the episode).

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Everyones favourite fairytale is brought back to life and it takes us into a new magical world! (Spoiler alert)

This film has been long awaited and has finally arrived at our screens! There is such a hype around the film and I hope it does not chip any of our expectations!

Beauty and the Beast has the same plot as the Disney film, which was first released in 1991. The director Bill Condon added in a few scenes that filled in some of the gaps, such as her mother’s death.

The plot

We were introduced to a young, beautiful girl in a small town, named Belle (Emma Watson). She lived with her wacky father who was a very good inventor. Belle did not feel that she belonged in the town and was seen as odd by her fellow villagers. She had a very kind and understanding nature and tended to see people beyond their outside appearance. She had also been bought up by her father Maurice to be fearless and to not be afraid.

Of course, what was so scary about a big spooky castle and a tall beast like figure? Whilst Maurice was spooked by the Beast after stealing a rose from his garden, Belle was very courageous and faced the Beast by saying “come into the light”. Belle was willing to stay there for life, so her father could be freed. She was fearless.

When you see the beast (Dan Stevens), you may think of it as an evil creature. The Beast, in reality was not a beast at all, but a selfish prince who took what he had for granted and rightly got punished. Over time, he got withdrawn and realised his mistakes, often resulting in anger. He often approached Belle in a loud and explosive manner that used to startle her yet over time she started to tame him. She taught him the importance of books and they shared humour. They ate together and he started to see her in a different way.

Belle got on with the Beast. They had common interests and she started to love him however she was in demand. A buff, over confident and good looking Gaston (Luke Evans), had his eyes on Belle. She was as good looking as he was, which meant that she would be his future wife. Gaston came across as very strong and only did things for his personal gain. He lied to the villagers to make Maurice look crazy and left his friend in need to kill the Beast! I mean who would believe that there was a beast in a dark castle in the middle of the forest…

The best scenes

There were many scenes that I found extremely humorous and most of them included Gastons friend, Lou Fu (Josh Grad) who added some sass and attitude to many “Gaston focused” scenes. He was extremely entertaining to watch, especially when he was dancing on the tables during the song “Gaston”. He always found a way to calm Gaston down and despite Gaston’s attitude, he stuck around, despite not really feeling appreciated.

We were also joined in many funny scenes with the one and only Lumiere (Ewan McGregor) and Cogsworth (Ian Mckellen). They were just like two best friends, always blaming each other for things and having a friendly rivalry. They both had different personalities, with Lumiere being louder and more stubborn to following rules, with Cogsworth alway wanting to stay in line. We were truely blessed to see Lumiere in his element during the song “Be Our Guest”, in which he displayed his entertaining and enthusiastic manner, along with his great singing voice.  It was accompanied by bright colours, fireworks and of course the grey stuff (try it, it’s delicious).

Of course, we can’t forget one of the most important scenes in the film – the dance in the grand ballroom. Belle was utterly gorgeous in her yellow dress (so fittingly representing innocence) and whilst she and the Beast were dancing, I felt that they had eventually found each other. The Beast was coarse and unrefined, but she saw past that all to see that he was dear and caring. The Beast loved Belle and he let her go free, as a sign of love. He wanted her to be happy but if she was not happy here, he was prepared to let her go.

With no hope of her return, the Beast was sad and withdrawn, much to the delight of Gaston, who could eventually slay it and for all. Gaston could not understand why Belle would fall for such a beast… he was one sided and just saw the outside, not that he as caring, gentle and a better man than he was. Gaston met his demise and fell from the collapsing bridge, not before he could wound the beast to the ground. Belle was heartbroken and when the last rose petal fell, she was left hunching over his still body, longing for him to come back.

She loved him and the enchantress who cast the curse on him all those years ago, finally agreed that he had earned his right to be human. No longer would he be a beast, but a kind and loved prince by all the village. He and Belle lived happily ever after and with Gaston gone, there was less ego in the air. His fellow staff had been returned to their original human selves and the castle was not longer feared, rather it was open to dances and celebrations.

Final Thoughts

I saw my favourite fairytale come back to life and it was magical. The scenes were beautiful with such incredible detail, from the dresses and outfits to the castle’s luxurious interior and beautiful grounds.

We were blessed with a film that could make any of our childhood dreams come true and it could not have happened without such an amazing cast. Emma Watson was flawless as Belle, Luke Evans was a dreamy and masculine Gaston and brilliant humour was provided by the incredible Ewan Mcgregor, Ian Mckellen and Josh Grad.

If you ever need a bit of magic in your life and a hint of sass, this is the film to watch.

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Line of Duty S4, E1 was definitely not as straight-forward as we thought! (spolier alert)

So we had similar faces, such as DS Steve Arnott (acted by Martin Compston), SI Ted Hastings (acted by Adrian Dunbar) and DC Kate Fleming (acted by Vicky McClure). They were returning characters.

New team member included DC Jamie Desford (acted by Royce Pierreson) and DCI Roz Huntley (acted by Thandie Newton).

So overall, new viewers of this series will not have to worry too much about what has happened previously. As it is a new case, the series will have new challenges and will be more thrilling than the previous three series.

The plot

The case followed an abduction of a young girl after two girls previously had been murdered. The Senior Investigator had gathered evidence and closed the case, yet FI Tim Ifield (played by Jason Watkins) had his doubts and got AC-12 involved.

The case was gripping and we saw horrible scenes of abduction, by a figure, whose face was hidden by a balaclava, and was wearing a black leather jacket. Micheal Palmer was arrested on the suspicion of attempted murder, and he claimed to be visiting his nan in the nursing home (7.30 – 8.30) then he ate some sandwiches on a wall. He did not remember where the wall was and said that he had nothing to do with the fire, the abduction or the jewellry evidence. He was not sure about any of it and he was very sketchy. He was later charged.

The victim could not prove that it was Micheal and the evidence did not really suggest it was him after it was examined by FI Tim Ifield and presented to DS Steve Arnott at AC-12. No carpet fibres were on the jewellry, so they may have been planted there. A boot print at the scene did not match any of the investigators and showed that may have been someone else in the house.

The senior officer DCI Roz Huntly, the SIO who closed the case previously, was very dismissive towards new evidence and always seemed to feel that she had grasped it all. In some way it is selfish. Micheal Palmer was convicted, which was quick, however this seemed too quick… The evidence could have been pointing towards him, but was it deceiving? DCI Roz Huntly also seemed very dominating and unrespectful. She was just doing her job, but was she really looking into the evidence. Was she bending the facts to close it under pressure?

Fleming and Arnott started to investigate Micheal Farmer for the murder of two girls and attempted murder of one, more recently. Micheal Farmer was accused of the rape of a young 15 year old girl, so was that really enough to charge him on? They wanted to dig deeper and Fleming was now part of  SIO Roz’s team temporarily, as a way to gather more evidence on Micheal Farmer. She was confident that their team was following procedures and felt that all her good work was being too critically analysed.

FI Tim Ifield was very into the evidence and throughout the episode, he reviewed evidence again and again which was slightly suspicious.  He said that no black fibres or balaclava fibres were found on the victim’s body, in Micheal’s car or his house. This evidence could be quite obvious – the balaclava man on the CCTV had size 10 feet, whilst Micheal was size 8. Was Micheal Farmer framed for the murders by a man who committed all three?

FI Tim Ifield went to visit the cafe where Hana, the 3rd victim worked and was visited by Roz who confronted him about looking at the evidence for Micheal Farmer. She questioned why they were looking over the evidence. She used her status and authority to convince him that she was right about the case. She lashed out at him and raised her voice.

To our shock, we saw FI Ifield push Roz in defence and she fell onto his floor, blood lying in a puddle under her head. He went to his backpack and and got out a balaclava and black jacket. Was he the murderer? He was in the investigating team; he had AC-12 around his little finger and had their trust. Was poor Roz in trouble now?

 

My liking towards him grew lesser and lesser whilst I started to feel sorry for Roz more. Her character is domineering and authoritative but in this position, she is vulnerable. I just hope that she survives.

Final Thoughts

There are many little nooks in this case and some quite similar to the previous series.

We have an insider who could have been the murderer. He has their trust and no bad police record, but worst of all, he is an FI! He knows how to hide and present evidence to frame others. He is a skilled nightmare, but did he do it?

I was not a fan of CIO Roz at the start of the episode and she did not seem liked by others, except her assistant. She came across as quite rash and was quick to frame Micheal for the murders. However she was very wrong, and to find out face to face, in such a vulnerable position, I just hope that the AC-12 team are given a little clue, otherwise the case will not be solved.

Gripping beyond a doubt and it kept me on my toes right to the end…. the AC-12 team must be prepared to fight hard for this case!

Really worth a watch…

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Baby Driver was definetly in the fast lane! 

I had the chance to see Baby Driver and this is what I thought!

My Thoughts

The Plot

The plot followed Baby, a funny and young man who was caught in a cycle of crime. He was his bosses best driver and had little choice in driving criminals to and from robberies. He was desperate to get out and have a normal life.

The Characters

Baby (Ansel Elgort) was the main character in the film and it centred around his childhood, his new fresh relationship with Debbie (Lily James) and his trapped career under his dominating boss, Doc (acted by Kevin Spacey).

Kevin Spacey was fantastic and I was expecting him to talk straight to the camera, like he does in House of Cards. He had the same level of authority and uncertainty in the film, which is what he does best.

This was an action movie, however we got little breaks from this through the love story between Baby and Debbie. It was nice to see that another door had opened for him and that he had an opportunity to get away from his crime lifestyle.

The Music and Stunts

The film was full of music, all varying genres, echoing the intensity and mood of Baby at that time. In all the car chases (there were a lot), we were engaged by fast and head bobbing beats. When he was with Debbie, he was different and the atmosphere was more relaxed with songs like “Easy” by Lionel Richie.

The last 10 minutes was all chases, music and severe braking! I felt my ears get sore as I made the most of any quiet scenes. Bright lights and massive car frenzies! It was like F1 on our motorways combined with guns. I can only imagine the time it took to get those stunts right, especially Baby who was able to jump from ledges, avoid bullets and drive insanely fast without hitting road obstacles.

The ending

The ending was happy yet unexpected. Whilst he got what he wanted, he did it the hard way and maybe that was good. He did his time so he could then enjoy the rest of his life and not look back.

Final Note

A fantastic movie and never a dull moment. A fast paced plot that combined action and love. A best of both.

My ears did hurt by the end (due to the loud bullets and music) however it was worth it!

Star Rating

I would give this film 4 stars. Would highly recommend this film to anyone who likes action and/or romance.

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Those Time Travel Paradoxes (Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban) 

I watched the Prisoner of Azkaban and I got into thought about the whole time travel thing. I found that there were a few flaws in the plot and I wanted to read up on it. This article explained it perfectly and it seems pretty clear now. If you had or have the same interest, than this article really explains it.

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Broken S1 E5: When two residents struggle to see eye to eye, who’s side do you take? (Spoiler alert)

This is a review of the penultimate episode of Broken (BBC 1 at 9pm on Tuesdays).

My Thoughts

Father Micheal’s role requires him to always be impartial so in this episode, when he was faced with two arguing residents, all he could do was reason with them. The content of the argument tested his true belief in the lord and his likes towards sexuality. It was in this episode that we found out Father Micheal’s short uncertainty which went and goes against everything he is preaching.

We know that Father Micheal is not pure and has made mistakes – including his past. He has had a sad childhood, that has driven him to help and advise others in need, as a position in the church. His friendly nature certainly comes through as a character and despite his challenges, such as his mothers illness, he always has time for others.

It was nice to see in this penultimate episode that Father Micheal suffered less flashbacks and seemed to be coping better. I hope he continues to improve as he has been very unfortunate with his treatment and deserves peace too.

Poor Helen was trying to grieve for her son. When she finally got to see him for the first time since his death, she was happy and able to bring him home where he belonged. Now peaceful, Vernon was now in the care of the lord and this comforted Helen, despite a part of her heart being vacant. Father Micheal was very supportive, and despite his guilt over Vernon’s death, the most important thing was putting this family back together.

So now that this series is nearly over, what can we expect from the finale?

We saw Micheal with his sick mother, and we unfortunately have to consider the worse case scenario and what pain it would cause him with her passing.

Helen is also still grieving from the loss of her son Vernon, so will we see Helen finally except his death and move on? It would be lovely if she could and we expect Father Micheal to play a part in this, as either an advisor or a close friend.

Final Note

As always, I enjoyed the episode and look forward to seeing how or if these “broken” individuals find peace by the end of the series.

Star Rating

I would give this episode 4 stars as always! No disappointing episode to date!

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A love story as exciting and slow as a lazy river: Hampstead film review!

This is a review of Hampstead, a romance which is now available to watch in cinemas.

My Thoughts

I found this film too slow and sedentary. The uneventful plot of a middle class woman, Emily (Diane Keaton) helping, befriending and falling in love with a tramp, Donald (Brendan Gleeson) was not my kettle of fish. After having the pleasure of seeing it twice, I am in no rush to see it again.

I found their love story nice but rather creepy. Who could ever say that their relationship started with a pair of binoculars and a spying? The fact that she regularly spied on him from her attic was off putting, even if it did end up bringing them together and happily finding where they belonged.

I just felt that the time spent watching Hampstead (twice) was a waste of time and could have been used for better things. I didn’t find the film captivating either – everything was too “old” for me.

What I do applaud about this film is how they perceived the relationship between Emily and Donald. Two unliklies (according to society) find a way to make it work.

 Last Note

I was very disappointed by this film and I would not see it again.

Star Rating

I would give Hampstead 2 stars overall.

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Not a good film in my opinion and lucky to get two!

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Broken S1 E2: When life gets too much, we find solace in others, but is it enough? (Spoiler alert)

This episode was especially moving. This review of the episode talks about sensitive issues such as Suicide.

My Thoughts

The episode followed Roz Demichelin who had been considering suicide since she was found out for stealing money (232,000) from her employer to fund her gambling addiction. Father Micheal was aware of this and had the decision of intervening or letting her go through with it.

I felt bad that she could be driven to those that and I just wanted to shout “please don’t do it”. She had a family, love, children and it was heartbreaking. Yes her family life was stressful and her children had little knowledge of how to cook, clean, wash clothes, just like most children.

We also saw Father Micheal battle with his thoughts and guilts. He tried so hard to help others and convince residents to reconsider, that he was unable to help himself. Memories of his childhood reappearing while in prayer. The residents can go to him for support, but who can he go to?  Even when his mother was ill, he had little solace in others.

Final Note

I found this episode emotional and I really sympathised with the characters. Their lives were so different in many ways however they still struggled. I just wished that things could have ended differently for them.

Star Rating

I would give this episode 4 stars! As always, I was engaged and interested until the credits.

 

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The supposedly spooky film My Cousin Rachel is not as dark as it lived up to be! (Spoiler alert)

So I am reviewing the film, My Cousin Rachel, staring Rachel Weisz as Rachel Ashley, Sam Claflin as Philip Ashley and Holliday Granger as Louise Kendall.

This period drama followed Philip who met his cousin Rachel and fell for her, only to find out that she was darker than she seemed. Under that beautiful complexion was a women with a strong desire for power and greed.

My Thoughts

The film was not what I expected. I was expecting something more haunting, and fast paced – some kind of horror film where she jumps out and I was disappointed. Instead I got a love story that was rather less exciting than I imagined.

How did I feel while watching it?

I felt like the plot was developing very slowly and I lacked engagement, up to the last 30 minutes where everything got a little confusing. What was the point of her demise at the end and why was he still thinking about her after what she had done to him If I was him I would have rinsed him off my hands, yet he was still remembering her when he has gotten a fresh start.

However, despite this, I did find that Rachel Weisz really adapted well to the role and her emotion/lack of emotion in her character was astounding.

Final Note

I found the film, My Cousin Rachel a little disappointing and I thought that it would be a lot more jumpy. Still a good film, despite the different outcome.

Star Rating

I would give this film 3 stars as I didn’t really connect with it at the start.

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The Mummy had me wrapped in its grasp from the off set! (Spoiler alert)

So I went to see the newly released “The Mummy” film and I found it action packed. The film kept me on tenterhooks, as tense music was present all the way through.

My Thoughts

Tom Cruise, who played Nick Morton, an artifact stealer man who stumbled upon a tomb, containing a dark force that was hidden in the hope that it would never be discovered.  He was joined by a young archaeologist Jenny Halsey (played by Annabelle Wallis) who was eager to discover more. As the discovery emerged, it became clear that there was something more to it, including the cover up of history during in 1127bc. Nick and Jenny both got on very well and they were a great team and worked well together, despite her hidden agenda.

Our evil counterpart, Princess Ahmanet had a very dominating and scary look to her. She was a perfect villain who made the film exciting, as she was always lurking around in corners, jumping out or appearing at any opportunity. She definitely kept me on my toes and I kept jumping in shock, even when I expected it.

The graphics in the movie were very much CGI, however they did look genuine, especially the Egyptian burial sites and prison that held Princess Ahmanet. A scene that was less convincing was the moment where the plane crashed. Nick and Jenny were rolling around in the plane and attempting to hold on to anything they could. It was like they were falling forever and by the time it had crashed, it had felt like hours.

The ending was odd and not what I expected for a Tom Cruise film. He was a hero who took the evil to save Jenny and innocent lives, rather than killing the evil itself. I found this admirable, but very contrasting to his fighting spirit in the film.

Last Note

The Mummy was exciting, tense and worth the watch! The CGI made the film even more exciting too because it made you feel like you were there..

Star Rating

I would give the film 4 stars as it was so well made and exciting from the off set.

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S1, E3: Conspiracies emerged and truths backfired in the series, Broken! (spoiler alert)

I am reviewing S1 E3 of the BBC series Broken. This episode was especially tense and we got an insight into Father Micheal’s flashbacks.

My Thoughts

He had a troubled education – he was mallestered by his english teacher, Father Matthews. He has had trouble in his past taking advantage of girls and it makes me wonder if it was because of his teacher?

It seemed like those who ran the church and took of advantage failed Micheal, yet he still went to God as a priest. He had to face Father Matthew’s sooner or later and when he did, Father Matthew’s was very dismissive of the claims and stated “you enjoyed it”. I felt very sorry for Father Micheal as he didn’t get the apology that he deserved.

Father Micheal was also fighting with his guilt over Vernon’s message. It was like a song in his head that he could not get out – one with a memorable addictive tune like crazy frog.

We also were introduced to a police man who was at the scene when Vernon was shot. He was advised to tell the truth by father Micheal. However the female coworker Dawn, who sprayed on a young boy and lead to his death threatened the police officer to lie. His story did not match up with the other officers and he was angry that she got away with killing a young boy.

All of his family and friends were put against him – peer pressuring him to change his account of the death. He was understandably angry and infuriated that he, the truthful one, was shot down by those who lied. I just wished that he could help and be the officer to allow his mother to know the truth.

Last Note

It was tense, gripping and I had my heart in my chest and I just hoped that Dawn would admit really happened to Vernon. It was so sad to think that someone telling the truth was grated down to the point of lying.

We saw a vulnerable side to Father Micheal in this episode and relived his childhood memories of his unsavoury education. How is he support to help others when he is struggling himself?

Star Rating

Based on my review, I would give the episode 4 stars!

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I was left in knots by Berlin Syndrome! (Spoiler alert)

I looked at the plot before hand, but only briefly. I wanted to know what was going on but still be surprised and gripped to the screen. The film did not disappoint.

My Thoughts

The thriller had the two key ingredients – a psychotic killer and obsessive and an unwilling victim who was prepared to risk her life to escape. The way Clare stabbed him in the hand with a screwdriver was gutsy and how she cunningly beat him with his own weapon was sneaky.

At first looks you wouldn’t think that anything was wrong with Andi or odd but looks can be deceiving. Under that neat beard and nice eyes, there was a monster who would manipulate, abuse and lock woman away against their will. His creepy stare and photobooks of disturbing naked photos would be enough to damage someone for life. Especially if they are not you…

Of course this man had no intention if stopping after his previous victim Nathalie and moved on to Clare. A sweet young Australian tourist who just wanted to travel and develop memories.

The plot was definitely gripping and my eyes were locked on the awful situation in front of me. My criticism was that Clare got involved with Andi very quickly and didn’t really think “hmm I don’t know this guy and I am on my own so I should probably be careful”. I think the “stranger danger” advice that parents tell their children is relevant here. Furthermore the dangerous fling between Andi and Clare was a bit naive and rushed.

Final Note

What a film and my attention was glued to the screen right to the end! Apart from my little criticisms, it would be happy to see it again or recommend it to others!

Star Rating

Based on my review, I would give Berlin Syndrome 4 stars as it was gripping, captivating and nail bitingly tense!

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S1 E3: Dramatic concrete finale to the gripping series, Paula! (Spoiler alert)

What a build up to such an exciting episode! I have been critical of the previous two episodes, however this finale passed all my expectations.

My Thoughts

The episode was less farfetched than last week’s and answered all our questions.

James found out his fate in court and Paula and Mac were understandably struggling with everything that had seen and gone through. Mac was still recovering from his attack when he confronted James after he attacked Paula in the restaurant.

I have called Paula marmite before and I could not agree more in the finale. She has an odd way of solving her problems and it mostly includes getting other people involved and in the wrong. She also doesn’t help herself and tends to go back to old flames such as James.

We saw a different side to Paula and I actually felt sorry for James, especially after he revealed his sad childhood and the identity of that young girl he had been seeing. The young girl being his sister, I admit that I expected her to be one of his victims so I guess there are no skeletons in his closet.

So poor James was suffering with more frequent nightmares and his sister Mary was appearing. She looked very creepy with her pale skin and she didn’t speak at all – she just stared and I was waiting for her to jump out. Luckily she didn”t…

Paula became a different person in the finale and we found out how psychotic she really was. James came to visit her in her basement and a kiss became something more sinister. James woke up in a dark container, which was later buried under fresh concrete. This just reminded him of when he was locked in a cupboard with his sister. James had finally met his match and relied on Paula to live – “I keep you alive or you can die and it won’t matter”. I thought she had killed and buried him, but this is so much worse.  I found this very disturbing to watch, and just to make it even more creepy, we saw Mary one last time.

Final Note

So the series was short and sweet, but not low on drama, suspense and little girl sightings. The ending was very unpredictable and uncomfortable and Paula’s final act made us awe in shock. Very good series. Would recommend.

Star Rating

Overall I would give this episode and the overall series 4 stars!

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