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Thorne [Import]

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Crime thrillers following DI Tom Thorne, based on the novels by Mark Billingham. Sleepyhead: follows DI Tom Thornes investigation into a mysterious serial killer. His first three victims ended up dead. His fourth was not so fortunate. Alison Willetts is unlucky to be alive. She has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear and feel, she is aware of everything going on around her, but she is unable to move or communicate. In leaving Alison alive, the police believe the killer's made his first mistake. Scaredy Cat: is a second DI Tom Thorne thriller, where killing becomes a team sport. The film depicts a vicious, calculated murder. The killer selected his victim at Euston station, followed her home, and strangled her to death in front of her child. At the same time, in the same way, a second body is discovered at the back of Kings Cross. Thorne discovers that this is not a single serial killer he's up against, but two of them.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Really March 26 2014
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Not fond of the screenplay, content, direction, etc. and I felt that the writer wouldn't be too pleased with what had been done to his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars different Dec 8 2013
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Took me awhile to get into this dvd but throughly enjoyed it. I passed in on to friends and they felt the same. Good acting and good story. Hope he does more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Serial Murderers Everywhere! Great Performances Highlight These Adaptations Of A Popular Crime Series Jan. 3 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
British crime novelist Mark Billingham has created a wildly popular series (nine books so far, I believe) featuring the complicated Detective Inspector Tom Thorne. I guess it seemed inevitable, therefore, that someone would attempt to adapt them for the screen. These television interpretations of his first two novels "Sleepyhead" and "Scaredy Cat" are certainly well constructed and well acted, but they lack a bit of the surprise factor for those that follow this type of entertainment. Oh, blessed serial murderers! Where would popular entertainment be without them? Thankfully there aren't as many in real life as those that populate the pages of detective fiction as well as police procedurals in film and TV. Imagine if there were, they would now outnumber ordinary citizens by a wide margin! I know, especially with "Sleepyhead," diehard fans of the books were upset with the liberties taken with the text. I'm always somewhat pragmatic about these things. I don't require an exact replication of a book on film, what a dull world this would be with zero artistic license.

Sleepyhead (3 1/2 stars): In this chapter, we meet the enigmatic Thorne (well played by David Morrissey). A seasoned professional that oftentimes steps outside of conventional procedure, he's operates as a relative loner in the department. Thorne is haunted by a past that includes a previous run-in with a serial murderer, and so his hunches keep him attuned to unorthodox cases. A mysterious body leads Thorne to conclude another multiple murderer might be loose. The case breaks when a young woman is discovered alive, but she is trapped in a mental prison and completely unable to communicate or move. Thorne, aided by his closest pal (a pathologist played by Aiden Gillen) start to believe there might be some relationship to the past. Can they unravel these connections? And what unspeakable conspiracy ties these two men together? The murder mystery seems to be centered around the hospital. But with only three possible suspects, it's not too hard to piece things together before the big reveal.

What distinguishes "Sleepyhead" (and Scaredycat as well) is a terrific performance by Morrissey. Even when the material feels somewhat familiar, Morrissey keeps you invested. His scenes with Gillen (in both shows) is an absolute highpoint in acting. Of course, the plot does require a fair amount of suspension of belief. It's all so intricately conceived and executed (I always enjoy when the murderer is a mad genius), but then turns into a bloody public massacre (with no witnesses?) when necessary. There is a requisite love interest in Natasha NcElhone, whose daughter just might get to close to the action. Too convenient by far, the piece is still grounded by Morrissey and an interesting film technique that weaves the past with the present.

ScaredyCat (4 stars): Truthfully, I had deduced what was happening in this chapter in about 20 minutes. But I also liked it better than "Sleepyhead." A pair of murderers (one reticent and one gung-ho) seem to be working in tandem. When a young boy is found to have witnessed the death of his mother, this makes it very personal for Thorne. Early on, we discover the identity of the mild-mannered accomplice, but finding his dangerous partner poses a huge problem. We see a bit more of the personal Thorne here (his mother has just died), and his squad has a new addition in Sandra Oh. Oh adds a nice element of unpredictability even as a dalliance with a fellow cop seems out of left field (he is seen as happily married in the first installment and nothing is developed). Again, though, Gillen's scenes with Morrissey are really well done. As I said, I'd solved the mystery with hours left to go, but I still thought this was a fun ride.

Both of these features should please followers of crime fiction. There is nothing revelatory here, but the performances make it well worth the investment. KGHarris, 6/12.
27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific British cop/mystery/thriller June 5 2013
By Bryan Lambert - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a big fan of British thrillers like George Gently,Wire in the Blood,Rebus, Luther,etal like I am, you will LOVE this Thorne Mystery series. I bought it sight unseen knowing how great the brits do cop procedural and thought it was awesome. Why? Because the characters are complex, the pace is 'slower' than American shows like CSI--but the finish is always richer in my view. Here, you get 2 installments of Detective Thorne solving serial killer murders. Each last about 90 minutes and the great thing about Acorn Media is they always provide closed caption which is very helpful with british accents. I will order the next installment of this show the minute it appears on Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Surprise!!! May 9 2013
By Pulpman - Published on Amazon.com
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Thorne was a nice surprise for me as I had never seen it or even had heard of it before. I picked it up based on other reviews and I am glad I did.
The stories are well told gripping dramas. The lead detective Thorne is a great character he has more flaws than most and is his own worst enemy.
I like the TV show so much that I am now ordering the books and hope they are as good if not better than the series..
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, GREAT July 20 2013
By Chicago Gal - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like good British mysteries here's one you shouldn't pass up. The 2 stories on this DVD are evocative and very well acted. Because of seeing these I have become a fan of David Morrissey (also get him in Finney) you too will become a fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intense Police Drama July 20 2013
By BiblioGal - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have a strong stomach and can handle foul language then this is the DVD for you. I was totally blown away by both of these stories. The acting was excellent as was the storyline. Mark Billingham is one of my favorite authors and David Morrissey is excellent in the leading role of Tom Thorne.
This probably deserved 5 stars but I only gave it 4 because of the foul language. Highly recommend this DVD if you love gripping detective drama.
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