BBC’s Wallander Series 2 is perhaps even better than the first series. The mysteries are to some extent more interesting, and – perhaps most important – Kenneth Branagh seems to be more comfortable and confident playing the character of the introvert and clever Swedish detective Kurt Wallander. In my opinion he does an outstanding job in these three movies. Dave Shiflett of Bloomberg aptly described Kurt Wallander as “perhaps the most melancholy man on television” and Kenneth Branagh’s performance as “majestically morose”.
As most readers will know, the series is based on the crime fiction novels by Swedish writer Henning Mankell. Mankell is a writer who writes to tell a story, and often his stories are about social issues, such as racism and anti-immigration sentiments, trafficking in human organs, and domestic abuse. The BBC-version of this series follows Mankell’s novels quite closely.
Many of the side characters are excellently played as well: Fellow detectives Anne-Brit Hoglund (Sarah Smart), Magnus Martinsson (Tom Hiddleston), and pathologist Nyberg (Richard McCabe) are very well portrayed.
Faceless Killers, The Man Who Smiled, The Fifth Woman
Faceless Killers is about the killing of an elderly couple, murdered in their farmhouse. The woman, while dying, whispers something. Was it “foreigner”? Or something else? He isn’t sure. However, when this is leaked to the media, and they start working the “foreigner”-angle, the community starts to boil. Wallander needs to solve the case before it boils over.
In The Man Who Smiled Wallander is on leave and planning to resign following the events of the previous episode when he is asked to look into odd circumstances surrounding a recent death in an auto accident.
The Fifth Woman starts with the killing of an elderly birdwatcher and escalates into a series of torture-murders that have no obvious connection. Wallander and his colleagues are dealing with a serial killer who targets financially successful men with a history of bullying women. But who is the killer?
If you have been captivated by the first installment of the Wallander series, the second is a must for you. It is excellent – great crime fiction, beautiful scenery, wonderful acting and an interesting and intriguing hero! First rate entertainment!
Product Details (US version)
- Actors: Kenneth Branagh, David Warner, Sarah Smart, Karin Bertling, Jeany Spark
- Directors: Aisling Walsh, Andy Wilson, Hettie Macdonald, Niall MacCormick, Philip Martin
- Writers: Henning Mankell, Richard Cottan, Richard McBrien
- Format: Color, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Rated: NR (Not Rated)
- Studio: BBC Warner
- DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
- Run Time: 270 minutes