the story is predictable. a serial killer is copycatting the ripper. solve the original(which folk have been trying for years) and you solve the copycat murders. what prevents this flick from falling into the mundane ripperologist theory is the relationships between the cops.
a fast-tracked DI chandler heads the ripper taskforce. his first sargeant, miles, thinks he's a wet behind the ears kid and outwardly disrespects him. the team follows the DS. in an attempt to gain respect DI Chandler insists his men shower, clean up the squad room and wear a tie. DS miles goes balistic and the clash is in the open.
lack of support from higher ups and his squad drives chandler to seek a ripperologist to try and make sense of the copycat by analysing the ripper murders in the 19th century. needless to say he gets no support for this move, either. this case is a lose-lose politically so he decides to solve the muders because it is his job. the opposng DS miles softens a little, but the DSI cuts him loose.
chandler solves the murders, but the papers crucify him and he is demoted to DI in the final scene. This leaves the series open to continue solving crimes in whitechaple. i liked the characters and the changes in dynamics as the show progessed. this flick is predictable, but it introduced an interesting team of cops. i thinlk i'll try season two and see what happens.
Special fearures: the making of .... featurette. 1 disc in plastic case. region 1 ncts. colour. dolby stereo sound. english subtitles.