In the Dark series review recap: A case on your doorstep!

So did you see In the Dark? The new crime series on BBC 1 on Tuesday.  It started last week and is is set to continue.

What did you think?

I loved it! It was a nice introduction to the series and although it had little action, I am actually looking forward to how it will pan out.

The general plot

We were introduced to Helen (Anna Buring), a copper and her husband Paul (Ben Batt) who wanted to have a new start. Only it was not that simple. When a case emerged, it was clear that Helen had to choose between a new start and a case close to home.

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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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Until the next review…

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Series 4, Episode 3: Line of Duty evolved quickly and ended with an unexpected act of terror none of us could expect! (Spoliers Alert)

Series 4 continues and as expected, we were kept on our toes all the way through…

Basic Plot

There was secrecy between Huntley and Fleming. AC-12 investigated Tim’s murder and want access to all the evidence on Trapdoor and Tim Ifield. They looked into evidence and found that there was a 90% chance that Balaclava man could be Tim…

Thandi Newton (as DCI Huntley) was being hunted down by AC-12 and she did not like it at all. At some point, she must have thought about what she would do if she was caught.  She also seemed very dismissive of her husband and she clearly had other things to think about.

Her whereabouts… secrets…. evidence altering! All of it was very secretive and she was not making it any better for herself. She was just digging herself deeper and deeper. Her horrible way of framing Hana for Tim’s murder was definitely too far. Such a cruel trick to cover her back!

Micheal Gardner had new evidence against him from a witness who said he grabbed her and invited her to his house. He was identified by the victim, and later admitted the offence. He was being charged on top of his kidnapping and murder offences. I still don’t think that he was the murderer or kidnapper… he still did not fit. I felt sorry for him.

Thoughts:

A lot unravelled in this episode and new leads bought AC-12 into moral danger. I felt sorry for Micheal and the poor woman Huntley framed. It was heartless and I still do not approve of her character. I found Huntley was very over persuasive in this episode which may eventually get her caught.

It was extremely gripping and I was surprised by the ending, which was a shock to all of us. Yes we were told that Nick was dangerous but this was new. For the first time, we are presented with the idea that there are more than one involved in the balaclava case.

The director, John Strickland definitely did a great job in this episode and left us gasping at the end!

Questions

  1. Who was the balaclava man who attacked Abbott?
  2. Are there more of them than we think?
  3. Is abbott dead?

So many unanswered questions to ponder over until next week.

If you have any comments, I would love to hear from you.

Bye guys 🙂

Blacking out, secrets and hidden motives: What else was not being said? Continue to find out in Broadchurch! (Spoiler Alert)

The case was widening, rather than narrowing. It was worrying. The more they looked into it, the more suspects there seemed to be.

The plot

Trish reported the message that she got from “unknown” and she had no idea who it was from. It could have been the killer or the man she slept with the morning of the attack.

Hardy and Miller swore to find the man who did this to Trish, but said to do it, they needed her cooperation, but even so, she did not say his name.  They thought that she knew the attacker – and he may have attacked out of jealousy or hate. Their trust in her was wavering.

The detectives focused on finding out who the “unknown” caller was ….

Of course, the town were trying to figure out who it was and stories were going around, despite the sensitivity of the case. People were talking, trying to find out more. Trish’s husband found out last that it was his wife that had been raped and was unsure of what to make of it. When Ian was interviewed with the police, he lied as he blacked out.

All Ian remembered was having an argument with Trish, drinking tequila and waking up on the grass by the lake! But he does not remember why he was there… Maybe he raped Trish??

Hardy had a daughter named Daisy, who seemed popular with a group of boys at school. He was protective of her and that was good. Daisy got into trouble at home so Hardy moved so that she could have a better life. Outside their work, they had to balance family life and do what was best for their children.

A boy named Tom was looking in his house for something, only to find a phone hidden. Was that the phone used to spread porn?

Ed, the shop owner fort with Jim Atwood over shifts. After four punches, he left to go home. He was convinced that she did nothing to provoke it. But did he really go home??

One of the investigators got CCTV footage from the camera showing the outside of the house, hoping that it will show them something. She also investigated the condom found at the scene and searched the brand in all the local stores. Did Mark Latimer not have condoms in their car in the first episode??

She also produced a list of every man that was at the party.  A long table covering two writeboards! It was like they were looking for a needle in a haystack…

Hardy and Miller went to see the food caterers who catered for that night. They cooked the food and left. During their shift, they had a 10 minute break in which they walked down the lake and back. That was at 11.30… hmmm.. but they did not see anything.

A member of the band from the party that night saw Ed (farm shop owner) head into the woods at 11.30 ish. He looked like he wanted to kill someone…. he was in a right old mood.

Back to the past: As you may know from series 1 and 2, Hardy and Miller investigated the death of a young boy. Joe Miller their neighbour was charged. Ben came round from court (they knew him from the murder trial). There was little chance of a retrial, but what about a private prosecution?? Marks wife, Beth Latimer was not happy about it and just wanted closure for the death of her son – no more trials. They could do a complex civil case against him to put Joe to account for his murder. Beth said no, but her husband Mark wanted to find Joe. He wanted to make things right for his son. 

They interviewed “Clive” the taxi driver who previously said he was called Lucas – who they approached in the previous episode.

Clive lied about  who he drove the night of the party – so thoughts were raised of why he lied about his where abouts the night a women was raped?

Clive picked up a fair from the road (which was illegal) at about 9.30pm. He collected a 30 yr old man and he was sure that he could take the detectives to where he dropped him off. He was also asked who “Maria Brady” was and he pulled a face. She was a regular who complaint about him after he got the wrong idea. It was quite off putting for her.

Lucas was married and went for a date with Trish once.. but only once. They did not click apparently, but could he have been that mystery guy she had sex with the morning of the party?

Alan Topkins, a taxi driver, as a guest at the party said that Clive’s taxi was empty with lights out at Midnight… so where was he?

Clive  apparently got in sunday morning (according to his wife) after 1am and it was clear to her that he cheats. For the last 10 years, he had created again and again, yet she stayed with Clive as she made her vows.. So Clive could have done it?

Trish eventually confided in her friends and she wondered if it was someone she knew? That meant a FRIEND hurt her and it was a horrible thought?

We saw Joe again, the warehouse owner, discussing content on his laptop. He was told to delete it. It could have been porn or messages? Either way, they did not want it found by anyone else.

The killer was still out there as the episode ended with a set of flowers being placed on Trish’s doorstep with the message “thinking of you”. It must have been unnerving to find that she was still not safe.

Final Thoughts

Possible Suspects:

  • Clive had no alibi and was not a nice man either…
  • Ian, Trish’s husband blacked out…. and woke up by the lake!
  • Ed, the shop owner was seen going to the lake at 11.30 that night…

It is all getting more complex than the detectives had imagined and what they thought was a diminishing case, only got bigger. Poor Hardy and Miller were like ducks out of water as their list of suspects covered two large whiteboards and they were presented by more sketchy alibis…

I was on my toes throughout the episode and found myself suspecting more people, even close friends who she should have been able to trust.

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The murder of David Walker is skin deep: riddled with lies and fake alibies, will the detectives get any closer to finding the killer? (Spoiler Alert)

We were again intrigued by the latest episode of Unforgotten. When we thought that we have heard it all, we were then hit by another set of twists. Our grasp and understanding of the murder of David Walker was constantly changing.

The plot

With Colin Osborne, Marian and Mrs Sara Mahmoud all hiding something, when they were later revealed meeting up in a quiet part of the pub at the end of the previous episode, it was no surprise that all their alibies were being checked. Their darkest secrets and regrets were coming to light, because of the determined and detail seeking detectives.

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Is Colin in hot water after his involvement in the murder case is used as a bribe?

Colin Osborne was a well-respected barrister, but we soon found out that he was not as innocent, and maybe more guilty than his clients. His hidden and internally managed allegation of rape by a female colleague raised eyebrows on how genuine he really was. Colin was also in trouble with a man who wanted £25,000 in return for his quietness about Colin’s involvement in David’s murder case. It would affect his career massively. If it gets out and god forbid, his rape allegation is revealed, his career may be ruined?

This was in addition to the shock discovery that David Walker raped a 12 year old girl and accessed these girls through his volunteering with children’s charities and local hospitals. What a sick thought, but one thing that it does open up is the possibility that he was killed by victims that he wronged – as a way of revenge. The “gatherings” that he was invited to, which may have connected Colin, Marian and Sara Mahmoud involved giving children as young as 15 alcohol and drugs. David Walker was recognised by one of the victims who stated that “they did what he said” and let him do things to them.

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Sara Mahmoud teaching her class but will she be teaching for long?

Mrs Sara Mahmoud was not out the woods either and with the recent confession of her past history  of prostitution to her husband, it somehow got out. Her son overheard her husband in an argument and found out… well it did not stay secret for long. Once one friend was told (in secrecy), it was not long until it had spread in school and in the mosque. Mrs Mahmood’s husband and son were now being judged for Sara’s actions that she committed at 21, before she went into teaching. How could she face school again?

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Marian (left) had a rebellious past, but is it coming back to haunt her?

Marian also become more significant in the case, as evidence concluded that she lived with an IRA activist for a year, named Chenade Quinn. Chenade Quinn, newly released from jail, confirmed that Marian had asked her to kill David, as he was a supporter of Margaret Thatcher and the Torries at the time.

 Final Thoughts?

I must say, the quote “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is relevant here, as all their sinister and worrying pasts are definitely more shocking than I expected. The number of nooks and crannies in this case are only increasing, but with all these discoveries, the detectives must be closer to finding the killer or killers?

Let’s hope so….

Bye for now.