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Line of Duty - Series 1

Lennie James , Martin Compston    Unrated   DVD
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BONUS Interviews with the writer, directors, and cast members (57 min.)

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Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates (Lennie James, The Walking Dead) is an exemplary cop. He�s got the best crime figures on the force and a loyal team working under him. But the head of the police anticorruption unit, Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Ashes to Ashes), has his doubts about Gates. Is he really that good? And more importantly, is he really that clean? Hastings decides to find out and calls on a new arrival to his department, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston, Monarch of the Glen), to help him do it. As the net tightens around Gates, reputations are on the line�and lives are at risk. Critically acclaimed for its taut plotting and remarkable performances, this high-stakes thriller also stars Vicky McClure (Broadchurch), Gina McKee (The Forsyte Saga), Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead), Craig Parkinson (Misfits), and Neil Morrissey (Waterloo Road). BONUS Interviews with the writer, directors, and cast members (57 min.)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad Nov. 10 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Acting is very good in this dvd a little different but I think I am going to enjoy it more when I watch the next episode.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Taut And Twisty British Crime Drama: Five Parts With More Suspense And Surprises Than Most Longer Season Shows Aug. 23 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Every once in a while, you discover a series that really surprises you. For me, the five part British police drama "Line of Duty" was one of those experiences. Having seen so many films and TV shows based on a similar premise (cops coloring outside of the lines and those that would pursue them), I didn't have particularly high expectations that this could provide much new to the topic. I just hoped it would be slick and entertaining. From the get-go, though, this high octane procedural came out of the gate swinging and its intensity never relented. Providing as many, if not more, plot twists and big confrontations than a regular season on traditional network TV, these five parts took me on a complete and satisfying journey. Sure, some of the plot points stretched credibility at times. The lead investigators on both sides are each allowed to behave incredibly unprofessionally without repercussions and the criminal plot threads get particularly convoluted. But I didn't care due to sheer entertainment value. In some ways, my brain is telling me that I should value this experience at 4 stars due to these slight reservations. But I'm rounding my 4 1/2 star rating up instead for the simple reason that "Line of Duty" so supremely exceeded my expectations.

At the beginning of "Line of Duty," we meet Martin Compston as DS Steve Arnott. Working with a counter-terrorism unit, a mission goes horribly awry and he is left to twist in the wind when he won't back an untruthful cover story. This principled, though incredibly unpopular, stand leads to an appointment in the British equivalent of Internal Affairs. His attention is focused on the city's most decorated officer, DCI Tony Gates (played with great swagger by Lennie James). James' successful stats are especially high and he works a team with seeming autonomy. The other lead is the ambitious DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) who appears to have an agenda of her own. A series of brutal murders rock the drug world and a random hit and run with a car reported stolen figure prominently in early episodes. Although married, James is involved in an affair with a wealthy entrepreneur (the reliable Gina McKee). On closer inspection, she might be involved in some unpleasant dealings of her own. I won't reveal any major plot points. Suffice it to say, all of the disparate plot threads intertwine with efficiency and James is in the middle of it all. As James and Compston square off repeatedly, maybe the bigger crimes will devour them both.

"Line of Duty" is gritty, fast paced, and holds plenty of surprises. Each episode ends with a pretty significant cliffhanger and the finale wraps things up with precision. There is quite a bit of violence in "Line of Duty" and much of it caught me unaware. In dramas of this kind, I always feel that I know exactly where the story is headed. Here, I felt slightly more uncertain. Compston, with his puppy dog looks and big eyebrows, has a quiet intensity that works. As he is pushed to extremes, it could sometimes become a little too one note. McClure navigates a difficult role (note: I didn't say much about her, that's for you to find out) effectively and believably. And the supporting cast is nicely drawn and memorable. From the street toughs to the front line officers, the smaller roles had surprising depth and dimension which helped distinguish this piece immensely. And then there is James. A great character actor who has been in almost everything (currently a lead on AMC's new Low Winter Sun), James is absolutely magnetic. A real antihero whom you don't know whether you should root for or despise, he will definitely keep you guessing. "Line of Duty" may not necessarily be the best show I've seen this year, but it is easily one of the most entertaining. KGHarris, 8/13.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch UK police thriller Dec 22 2013
By P. Mann - Published on Amazon.com
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The first season of "Line of Duty" is a five-part series that includes police corruption, terrorism, drug dealing, torture, and more. The series begins with a botched anti-terrorism raid during which an innocent man is killed. When the order comes down for the officers to lie about what happened, one young officer, DS Arnott refuses to do so. For his stand, he is put on what in the states is Internal Affairs and is on the case of a recent officer of the year, who has covered up an apparent hit-and-run accident by his lover.

There are several different plots running through these five episodes. There's the investigation into the corrupt officer. There's an ongoing series of drug deals. There's a young boy who seems to be a neighborhood thug and is not at all intimidated by police. There's the issue of the inefficacy of policing in a poor neighborhood. By the end, almost all of these strings have been woven together into a very satisfactory story. (I recently saw "The Fall," another import from across the pond and was less than pleased that the season ended in the middle of the story. No such problems here.)

Though this is a television series, it does have its share of swearing (for those who wish to avoid such language) and somewhat graphic scenes of violence. Extras in the DVD set include interviews with writers, directors, and actors.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNSETTLING CRIME SUSPENSE with gritty dark cops Sept. 27 2013
By Harold Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't stop watching, but must admit; I turned by head from several nasty scenes. The action is gritty, and writing layered and well done, and the actors believable. That's why it was a BBC hit with a dark side to final justice.

The story plays out more like a 5 hour suspense feature rather than an episodal series. Well developed plot, sub-plots, and characters that remain edge-of-the-seat scary for hours. It's hard to tread water in quicksand when it's sucking the life out of you. It's not the typical bad cop-good cop drama.
Fingers bolt-cuttered, neck slashing, drugs, language and other bad boy stuff makes this intense crime suspense and not for the kiddies.

Martin Compston (Monarch of the Glen) leads as DS Arnott, new AC-12 (anti-corruption unit) after a bungled raid. His boss is Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) and Arnott gets lost of double agent style help for his first case, DCI Gates (Lennie James) from DC Fleming (Vicky McClure). Gina McKee plays a business woman, crook, & mistress well enough for an award. The list is endless as 23 characters appear frequently. You meet them all personally. Some could give you nightmares.

1 Arnott in disgrace is transferred to AC-12 and given a "very special" case. DCI Gates wins the medal as hero, is exemplarly, an ace in arrests but is it all true? His private life makes him suspect, including his on-the-side lover, Jackie (Gina McKee-Forsyte Saga).

2 Gates prizes his job & kids. Will he lose both? Jackie's cop connection is discovered and a link to crime deepens arriving with deadly potential.

3 After regaining consciousness Gates mishandles evidence. His "old flame" as he claims, disappears. Arnott's queries are "over the line". Gates puts on investigative pressure only to have it backfire on himself.

4 Money laundering case goes to Fraud Squad. Arnett pulled off; Fleming pursues; Gates is hounded from duel fronts. Plenty of cops now getting blamed for something.

5 the case continues but with alarming tension. Violent action & resultant reactions. A final episode that keep viewers compelled to the very end.

A second bloody intense series is commissioned for production.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Great Cop Show that Gets Caught in its Own Devices March 3 2014
By Movie Mania - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Line of Duty is a five part mini-series about a cop who is reassigned after he refused to tow the line on an accidental shooting.

Martin Compson plays Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott. DS Arnott is reassinged from the antiterrorist unit after he refuses to lie about what happened with a botched raid in which an innocent man is killed. He is sent to the anitcoruption unit where he is to investigate the cop of the year, DCI Tony Gates played by Lennie James. Gates squad has the best clearance stats of any group. But they get that by cherry picking high profile cases and cases that appear to be easily solved. Additionally, they charge the criminals with as many crimes as possible to make it look like more crimes were solved (known as Laddering). But this is really just the side story.

The meat of this mini-series is how a basically decent cop and family man gets caught up in a money launderng scam with the town's drug kingpin. While Gates is just an unknowing pawn in the scheme, it is interesting how quickly he slides into the muck to protect himself and his family.

If the show was just about this, it would be a fantastic show but it gets caught up in the precinct politics and often goes off on tangents that never mount up to much.

Overall, it is a good watch but not in the league of Prime Suspect.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful British Cop Thriller! Feb. 19 2014
By Seanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
The first season of Line of Duty a British Cops Drama/Thriller is produced by Acorn Media (who produced some other great shows such as Doc Martin, Upstairs Downstairs & Prime Suspect)

I would compare it to a less hardcore version of The Wire. Where Northern Ireland Criminals/Mafia meets English Police force and they clash in a very dramatic dance for power and manipulation. There is the classic good cops bad cops, questions of loyalty and of course the cop overcoming a traumatic event. However in the Line of Duty series these scenarios are very well written with plenty of plot twists and excitement which will keep you entertained and not thinking "oh wait I've seen this before".

I am a big fan of British drama's and this one certainly did not disappoint if I had to say one negative thing about this series it would be a common error found in many crime shows these days and that in a couple of episodes the solution to a problem comes way too quickly and too easily without any real investigation. Other than that 10 out of 10 sit down with your friends and enjoy a real crime drama!
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