When a dismembered and mutilated body of a beautiful young woman is found, the copycat murderer contacts a journalist to point out similarities to the infamous Black Dahlia murder in Los Angeles in ...
DC Anna Travis joins a team on the hunt for a particularly gruesome serial killer. When the latest victim is found and doesn't fit the usual profile of the killer's victims, Travis sets out to prove herself.
A series of brutal sex murders disturbingly similar to the pattern of Superintendent Jane Tennison's first major case leads to the awful suggestion that she may have caught the wrong man the first time.
As a prison riot erupts into violence, Red comes face to face with the ring leader: the man who once held him hostage and nearly drove him mad. But what they don't know is a killer's amongst them, preying on their weaknesses.
Detective Anna Travis is working on a murder case that has created a media frenzy. The victim, Louise Pennel, a 24-year-old girl, was last seen in a London night club. Her body later dumped, horrifically mutilated and drained of blood. Her death is an ominous mirror image of an unsolved 1940s case in Los Angeles known as "The Black Dahlia". Detective Sergeant Anna Travis must race against time to catch this copycat killer. Written by
'Above Suspicion' has some good elements, but also a number of weak ones. It's not bad, but it's not completely gripping either. The first series is slightly better, due to Jason Durr and an interrogation scene that's the best of the entire series, but 'The Red Dahlia' doesn't improve on the first series' flaws and makes more on the way.
Kelly Reilly, despite being a beautiful woman (though maybe unrealistically so, and she's too young), continues to not do much for me, with flat line delivery, limited range and pallid presence. The relationship between her and Langton is still contrived, and again Langton is too much of a sleaze.
The characters are still cliché-ridden and are not particularly interesting, sound is sloppy and out of sync, and the shock value rather gratuitous. Also it is really hard to believe that nobody has knowledge of the Blue Dahlia, one of the most famous unsolved there is.
However, it is a good-looking series and never is over-drab or choppily edited. The story, despite the over-familiarity, didn't have me doing something else or looking at my watch, and there is some atmosphere. Interrogations are interesting and there are fewer clumsy scenes.
Acting is quite decent, Ciaran Hinds is commanding and doesn't phone in, and while no Jason Durr Simon Williams is suitably menacing.
Overall, 'The Red Dahlia' evoked mixed feelings. 5/10 Bethany Cox
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