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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

Bad Liuetennants

Author: paul2001sw-1 ( from Saffron Walden, UK
15 October 2006

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'Low Winter Sun' is an atmospheric, complex and exceptionally nasty crime thriller set in Edinburgh, with a story centred on no less than three rampaging policemen. Agenw is perhaps a sanest, a man chasing his disappeared girlfriend and furious with Geddes, who has tricked him into murdering McGann. McGann, coke-fuelled and corrupt, is the out-of-control vacuum at the heart of the tale, dead when the story begins; while Geddes, his former partner, slowly self-destructs under the pressure of the vice in which he has become trapped. Lacking the stagy melodrama of most similar material, this is above average fare: even so, one can't help but feel that a story that features three (possibly four) murders and a suicide, as well as numerous lesser crimes, is just a little bit over the top. One to watch shivering on a cold winter's night.

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Dark Scottish Twist

Author: druoleary from United States
12 February 2009

This is a brilliant film noir and Edinburgh, possibly the most haunted and haunting city in Europe, is the perfect backdrop for this gripping drama of deception, corruption, love and moral conflict. Though the film is downright grisly at times, it is completely in line with Scotland's brutal history and Auld Reekie's Burke and Hare past. In fact, the town and its history are one of the main characters. Low Winter Sun is a murder/missing person mystery that is a classic tale of human evil that also addresses today's urban problems, such as, illegal immigration and the weakening of religious faith. It is superbly acted with outstanding performances by Mark Strong and Brain McCardie. The cinematography is disturbingly beautiful and the editing is seamless. My only complaint about this film is that it is not available on DVD!

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Dark, very dark

Author: glassandbrass from Brighton, United Kingdom
21 September 2006

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Up there with Prime Suspect (another Mark Strong arena). A wonderful piece of Brit suspense/thriller writing and acting. Highly recommended viewing. Although it was a good 2.5 hours long it never lost its pace or dark feel. Great title too - a real piece of TV noir

Nice to see John Session acting again, haven't seen him in anything for a while. His scenes will put you off your dinner though...

I did find some of the story a little convoluted and found the pass the parcel with 'the bag' a little hard to believe, but these are small criticisms; it is great edge-of- the-seat drama.

Nice one Channel 4 - more please.

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Too grim, too dialectal, too much bad language

Author: pawebster from England
10 October 2007

I tried to like this, but in the end I had to give up. It was all too dour and it was too gruelling to try to make out what everyone was saying (strong Scottish accents). It was also too wearing hearing all the endless swearing. (Often these were the clearest words spoken.) This language may be realistic, but this is entertainment, not a documentary. The story, after all, is not very believable.

I saw this on BBC Prime, the endless-repeats-from-a-bin-of-old-tapes channel the BBC half-heartedly throws together for people outside the UK. This was one of the few programmes not from the BBC's own dusty archives. It's a pity it was not better, since the channel is very short of material.

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