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Rating - 7.5/10
Way More than an average Thriller, missed by decimals of being a great one. DEFINITE Watch for Thriller Lovers. Others - You won't be disappointed.
Story - Thorne is "the" Detective with "a" Past who while investigating a case of serial killing, struggles to keep from a case in his past . 3 girls have been found dead when the fourth victim Allison Willetts survives a stroke (artificially manipulated through pressure points on head and neck as in the dead victims) and is unlucky to be alive.She is completely paralyzed but can hear, feel and understand whatever goes around her. The police believes that the Killer has made his First mistake by leaving her alive. The Mystery unfolds with time of who this serial killer might be and what happened in Thorne's Past homicidal case.
I didn't really have a very positive feel when i decided to watch it(had not heard much about it) but it turned out to be one of the Good ones. I loved the Depiction of Allison Willetts, who has been paralyzed due to the attack. Thorne was a very convincing character and so were the others. All in all Great Acting with a Nice Cast.
Highly recommended if you are looking for a thriller !!! Just Watch IT.
"I have little doubt that author Billingham would be mortified at what
has been done to his brilliant book and beloved characters..."
Before you go all self important with the 'book was so much better' garbage, you may want to get your facts straight. Mark Billingham is listed as an executive producer, which, as I understand it, has an awful lot to do with how a film's made. No, I haven't seen the film, read the book, or even heard of any of it before looking at the review, but it just bugs the crap out of me when people think they own a movie just because they read the book. And to assume that the author might be disappointed without even looking into whether the author had a role in the movie adaptation? I'm pretty sure your review is useless.
Now and then during channel surfing late at night there appears
something new and unknown that results in making the viewer wish for
more. Such is the case for the series THORNE. It is a high tension
thriller of a series.
'Thorne' is DI Tom Thorne (David Morrissey) who in the Sleepyhead episode enters an investigation into a mysterious serial killer. His first three victims ended up dead. His fourth was not so fortunate. Alison Willetts (Sara Lloyd-Gregory ) is unlucky to be alive. She has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear and feel, she is aware of everything going on around her, but she is unable to move or communicate. In leaving Alison alive, the police believe the killer's made his first mistake. And it is this kind of complex story-weaving that makes this a very tense and enjoyable series. Written by Dudi Appleton and Jim Keeble and directed with panache by Benjamin Ross, the large cast includes some very fine actors - David Morrissey is at the top of the list - that includes Eddie Marsan, Sandra Oh, Lily Loveless, Neil Kelly among others. We can only hope that this 2010 series has more parts to it and that those episodes will reach our shores and TV screens. Definitely recommended for lovers of high mystery and thrillers. Grady Harp, June 21
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
These British shows all seem locked into the same way of presenting
their story lines: a good start, a nice development of characters, weak
dialogue, ending in ever expanding vast plot sink holes. This one does
a nice job of dangling a variety of "suspects" in front of you, but
unfortunately falls into the "don't ignore the first suspect" method.
It's always nice to see McElhone and Morrissey never bores, but in the
end the ludicrousness of the plot twists ever morphing does it in.
***********************SPOILER********************* Tell me how does a non medical individual gather half a million pounds worth of medical equipment, set it up securely in an abandoned slum, set up electricity that would cost a fortune and would alert the authorities, off of a janitor's salary??
The cops in this British drama don't act like professional policemen
but more like mentally deranged teenagers with anger management issues.
The main character, DI Thorne (David Morrissey), is not in control of
his emotions. His volatility and rage seem to infect the other members
of the cast so that in total what we have here is a virtual feeding
frenzy of scenery chewing. Cops yell at other cops and cops and medical
doctors yell at each other. In one scene one character becomes enraged
and punches another character repeatedly in the face for no reason that
was apparent to me. DI Thorne seems to believe that he can communicate
with a woman in a vegetative state by shouting at her. Other times he
seems depressed and on the verge of suicide. The plot is senseless and
contrived. Nobody appears to behave rationally. A woman doctor, when
she finds out that her daughter has been kidnapped, just freaks out and
starts screaming uncontrollably and Thorne freaks out too, running
around like a chicken with its head cut off. So who's minding the
I don't generally like procedurals that feature serial killers, and especially serial killers with weird and perverted MOs, and especially serial killers who have an obsession with the primary investigator, sending him taunting messages. These are tired, boring clichés. That's my prejudice. But I must admit that genre could be done well in the right hands. This one is just awful. Don't waste your time.
"Thorne: Sleepyhead" seems a lot better when you're actually watching
it than after you've had a little time to reflect on it.
It's still a decent British crime drama, but, a day later, it strikes me as really only deserving of a middling rating. I was especially disappointed by the ending, which was just a variation on an ending that has been done to death in fiction, even though it never actually seems to happen in real life.
Even with the holes in the plot, I was impressed by the unusual plot (at least up until the end), which, while certainly grim, connects with a solid emotional punch.
If you like British crime productions, this might be worth a shot, but, all things considered, it doesn't rank even close to the best of them.
DI Tom Thornes (David Morrissey) is haunted by an incident years ago.
He investigates victim Alison Willetts who has been left with locked-in
syndrome. She was attacked and injected in the back of the neck. She is
aware but unable to communicate or move. She is being treated by Dr.
Anne Coburn (Natascha McElhone). There has actually been three previous
victims. Kevin Tughan (Eddie Marsan) is Thornes' disbelieving boss and
pathologist Phil Hendricks (Aidan Gillen) is suspicious.
The locked-in syndrome is pretty interesting. I like Alison's interior dialog. It's more compelling than expected. David Morrissey is a great actor. The biggest problem for me is the convenient reveal and connection to Thornes' problem from years ago. It's all too connected and I don't like it. There is no real reason for the connection other than it serves the writing.
I read the book first, which if I hadn't wouldn't have made this too
bad of a movie...but since I had read it, the movie was an extreme
You expect some minor changes in the plot to fit movie time etc, but after the first 1/3 of the movie it wasn't anything like the book at all. It became a whole other story. After that point, neither the interactions between the characters or who the killer was were in the book at all, and key figures in the book, especially who the killer was and how some of the characters died were missing or totally changed...
Perhaps the book should be re-released to reflect the movie since the author approved the movie,as totally different to the book he wrote to begin with.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
There is a reason that Mark Billingham's original novel Sleepyhead was such a huge Bestseller when it came out. Watching the TV show version you would be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss was about. The novel was an ripping edge-of-the-seat page turner with twists and turns that would make your head spin. This is the most unfaithful adaptation imaginable, with terrible writing and clichéd characters and a completely re- written and boring plot. The book does make brief mention of one of DI Thorne's previous cases, a gay serial killer. The TV show decides to expand this mention while simultaneously reducing the story from the book to virtually nothing. The resulting story is a deeply confusing hotchpotch of incongruous ideas and fumbled attempts at carving a new direction. TV SHOW ENDING SPOILER: The killer from the book is completely different to the show with a genius MO missing from the show version. I have little doubt that author Billingham would be mortified at what has been done to his brilliant book and beloved characters.
Forgettable performance by the main characters of a London crime unit
in the investigation of two serial killer cases; plots, hats off to the
writer Mark Billingham, were complex and wonderful but often mangled in
a choppy pace with one too many tired social drama or work place
politics. Thorne came across as an insensitive self-centered bully in
the first case and a sophomoric know-it-all copper in the second. No
wonder it got only 1.5% viewer share per Wikipedia:
"Running on a Sunday evening in the prime 2100 slot on satellite against strong terrestrial competition from the popular Julian Fellowes' period drama series Downton Abbey, the first episode of four-part drama Single Father starring David Tennant, and a reshowing of the Dan Brown thriller The Da Vinci Code, the show drew 402,000 viewers and 1.5% audience share, according to preliminary BARB figures."
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