Department Q trilogy

Department Q trilogy

DVD - 2016 | Danish
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Police inspector Carl Mørck and his assistant Assad investigate a cold case about a disappeared woman; when the murder of young twins implicates a group of students as the killers, Carl Mørck investigates; Department Q must catch a serial killer before time runs out.
Publisher: Orland Park, IL : MPI Home Video, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD DEPARTMENT
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (328 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Oct 14, 2018

Really dark series. Typical of some of the Scandanavian writers (e.g. The Bridge). The plotting and progression of each mystery is really well done (these are all cold cases). My one major complaint would be that with the main character, the detective Carl Morck, the series never gets to the root of his pathology so he seems like a flawed character operating in a kind of vacumn. With a series like The Bridge, we know right away that the detective has Alspergers Syndrome so her actions seem perfectly logical and her flaws actually enable her to function in a dysfunctional environment. Saw on the internet that one of the major studios in Denmark has picked up this series and will continue it. Olsen plans 10 Dept Q novels. Good news if you like the books and the series.

Sep 30, 2018

Cliche and not intriguing.

Jul 27, 2018

Dark, suspenseful crime drama, with interesting character development as the series progresses.

Jun 17, 2018

very well done and acted. Excellent!

May 20, 2018

This suspenseful trilogy is based on the bestselling crime-thriller novels by Danish novelist Jussi Adler-Olsen. We are introduced to troubled detective, Carl Mørck, who is transferred to the police department's basement to review cold cases after a terrible incident that caused a co-worker's death and his best friend's paralysis. He is given a new partner, Assad, and together they find answers to seemingly unsolvable crimes or disappearances.
Gritty, fast-paced, and suspenseful! Highly recommended.

Jan 28, 2018

Highly recommend this series to those who like mystery, drama and suspense. The acting is first class. We weren't sure what to expect when we started watching The Keeper of Lost Causes which provided the background for assigning detective Carl Morck to Department Q (cold cases) but we were hooked. Carl Morck who is a bitter, moody, driven, and obstinate man, is well-played by Nikolaj Kaas. His partner Assad who is played by Fares Fares is a perfect antithesis for Carl. The Absent One and A Conspiracy of Faith (Danish title looks to be Message in a Bottle) are gripping stories. Carl isn't 100% likeable like Wallander or Saga (Bron, The Bridge) but you can't help hoping that he'll solve the mysteries and catch the killers. Be sure to put down your drink or your plate /bowl of munchies while you watch these !

Jan 24, 2018

Great stories. Entertaining. Interesting character development...not warm and fuzzy, but interesting. The only downside is that subtitles go by pretty fast so if you're not a fast reader you might miss some of the dialogue.

Jan 14, 2018

Very high level of directing and photography. Trouble is, I had to get up, leave, and wash dishes and do other stuff during the fairly extended horrible parts so I only had the stomach to watch part of it. But that part was good.

Nov 30, 2017

Very, very dark Danish police/dectective series based on the books by Jussi Adler-Olsen. The DVD is a trilogy of 3 movies starting with the Keeper of Lost Causes which introduces the main character Carl Morck a police detective in the Homicide division who botches an investigation which seriously harms his partner. He is demoted to Department Q, housed in some dusty basement whose only task is to review cold cases (crimes never solved). He is given an assistant, a Danish cop of mid-Eastern background (Assad) – the police force now tag the duo as the Drunk and the Arab. Carl’s wife has left him, he has a step son who is occasionally around and his only hobby seems to be drinking. His primary course of action seems to be act now, think later - which usually doesn’t help his investigations. So, his personal life is a mess and his professional life seems borderline, but he has a perseverance for justice; getting it done and getting things right. I think the creepy element is the fact that the cases are very old, so some bad guy/gal think they are off the hook – they are free, their crime will never be solved, they got away with it, but some boozy detective is after them! I’ll have to read the books now. Looks like they are filming book 4 now. The books in order of sequence are: 1-A Keeper of Lost Causes, 2-The Absent One, 3-A Conspiracy of Faith, 4-The Purity of Vengeance (Journal 64), 5-The Marco Effect, 6-The Hanging Girl, 7-The scarred Woman. Definitely Nordic Noir!

Nov 20, 2017

If you like well-made Scandinavian noir with psycho serial killers, this Danish series is for you. Creepy, violent, and intense, it’s not for the squeamish. The bizarre nature of the killers and the morose, anti-social lead detective are reminiscent of Norwegian Jo Nesbo’s books and his loner Harry Hole. It was interesting to see some of the same Danish actors from Borgen in different roles especially Pilou Asbæk, who played a particularly monstrous character.

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