The Reckoning (2011)

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When Sally Wilson, is called to the office of a city lawyer it's revealed she's been bequeathed £5 million but in order to qualify for the transfer of funds, Sally must first "kill a man who deserves to die."

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 Sally Wilson (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Mark Dobson (2 episodes, 2011)
Sophie Stuckey ...
 Amanda Wilson (2 episodes, 2011)
Jams Thomas ...
 Scott Bradley (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Richard Bury (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Debra Cale / ... (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Simon Harris (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Frederick Taylor / ... (2 episodes, 2011)
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When Sally Wilson, is called to the office of a city lawyer it's revealed she's been bequeathed £5 million but in order to qualify for the transfer of funds, Sally must first "kill a man who deserves to die."

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A badly written and derivative mess
3 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

From the moment the CD recording of a SAW-style voice is heard on screen, solemnly informing the confused listener that she has a task ahead of her you know this is going to be a familiar type of thriller. And, indeed, everything that follows is entirely predictable and poorly written, with big chunks of exposition regularly dropped into the storyline.

Take, for instance, Beesley's line "I've only known you a year". There's no discernible reason somebody in real life would tell their wife/girlfriend this to their face, as it's unsaid knowledge. But THE RECKONING is full of such heavy-handed explanatory lines.

It's a two-part drama commissioned by ITV and one of their lesser efforts. Ashley Jensen, hot from her success in America, is cast in the lead role but struggles with the emoting required. She's full of strangulated noises and expressions of mock horror straight out of acting school. Beesley is better, but appears to be sleepwalking through a character whose motivations never ring true.

The plotting is the worst aspect, and although the pacing picks up in the second half the logic and editing fall apart. And I can't help finding it slightly distasteful that they fall back on the old cliché of a kid with a brain tumour to garner audience sympathy. One to miss.


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