DVD Review: The Killing III
Sofie Gråbøl returns as Detective Inspector Sarah Lund, along with her ugly sweater, in this final series of the Danish crime trilogy, The Killing III (Forbrydelsen III). Once again we’re a week out from the election, a body has been found in a scrap yard and Detective Lund has been tasked with walking a rookie cop through the crime scene. Lund however has her mind on a promotion to more of a desk job after 25 years on the front-lines of the worst crime Denmark has to offer. Her mind is elsewhere and the last thing Lund wants is to be babysitting, especially what on the surface looks like a vagrant who picked the wrong place to sleep.
To make matters worse, rookie cop doesn’t think that this is as routine as it looks and pretty soon head strong Lund isn’t thinking about her 25 year anniversary or getting promoted, like an asperger dog with a bone, Lund has a puzzle that demands to be solved, and solve it she will.
As we start to uncover some nefarious activity, additional plot lines start to crop up with the kidnapping of a rich industrialist’s daughter, and the political connections and back room maneuvering that accompanies big business and politics.
Plot line diverge and intervene as things look to be connected somehow and the pace quickly picks up into what will become a race against time.
As she faces new challenges at home and work, Lund stays true to herself, being that quiet enigma we’ve all come to love (and at times hate, be frustrated with, audibly shout at).
It’s Lund’s character, along with the strong direction of the shows producer Piv Bernth that has made The Killing such a must watch TV series, even though the middle season (as is often the case with trilogies) seemed a little less than stunning. It’s like Bernth was holding something back to make Season III an absolute stunner, which she did. Creating the best in the series and making us hope that Bernth has been working on another TV drama.
Essentially, The Killing III is the best written, best acted, best every damn thing, that you will see on TV (well, it’s on DVD, but you know what I mean) this year. Period.
Rating: R16 Violence, sexual themes and content that may disturb.