Returning from a Swiss business trip, laser firm executive Mark Bretherick finds his wife Geraldine and their kid daughter in the bathtub, bled to death, possibly suicide but there's note ... See full summary »
Returning from a Swiss business trip, laser firm executive Mark Bretherick finds his wife Geraldine and their kid daughter in the bathtub, bled to death, possibly suicide but there's note not known motive. Country county police chief Proust gives the lead in this case to recent London transferee, detective sergeant Charlie Zailer. Lacking confidence, she haughtily ignores good advice from competent DC Simon Waterhouse, imagining a boys-conspiracy. Mark gets a strange visit from a woman who had an affair with a man using his name, who now uses a friend's herself. More crime follows. Written by
I do love a good drama/murder mystery/thriller, and Case Sensitive was exactly that. The whole drama is stylishly filmed, with the photography excellent and the location shooting beguiling. The story is very gripping and interesting, while the writing is wry, intelligent and sometimes tense too and the direction is solid. The acting is as good as can be, Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd are both outstanding and their subdued chemistry shines through loud and clear. And when it comes to the support acting, Rupert Graves in very strung-up mode especially stands out, and the lady who plays Sally is very believable. The drama goes along at a good pace with each explanation unfolding nicely, but here come my only complaints of Case Sensitive. Pacing wise, the first half is better and more compelling than the second, whereas the first half goes quite quickly during the last thirty or so minutes the drama slows down and I will admit my interest wavered slightly. My other complaint is the ending, I understood most of the explanations leading up to that point and the revelation of the culprit was well done and clever, but it did feel slightly rushed through and some of it did come across as far-fetched making me reach towards the rewind button. Overall though, Case Sensitive was excellent. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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