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An investigative journalist is found beaten to death in his home, where the fingerprints of a notorious criminal debt collector are also found. The murdered journalist has been threatened by right wing extremists, but it is the victim's work with a book about "society's dark side" that captures the Beck group's interest. When the case takes an unexpected and terrible turn, there is suddenly much more at stake than finding the journalist's killer. Martin Beck and his colleagues have never had to protect the balance of their professional and private lives with the same tenacity as they do now. Written by Filmfenix.se

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The Episode where Gunvald Bows Out
13 September 2016 | by (London) – See all my reviews

To fans of the series, "Gunvald" will be forever identified with the episode in which Beck's popular sidekick (Mikael Persbrandt) bows out.

In fact, he doesn't have much to do, other than investigate a case alone, walk slowly around an apartment and receive fatal wounds to the brain as a result. For the remainder of his on screen time we see him lying in a hospital bed wired up to a series of tubes until his brain finally gives out.

We might be sad for his passing, but director Mårten Klingberg has offered plenty of convincing material in an unusually downbeat episode. The central villain a gangster promising to go straight (Peter Franzén) is a thoroughly unattractive character who would even put his own son's safety at risk in search of profit. His enemies are equally likely to kill or maim, even if they know that Beck's police officers are after them.

Much of the action takes place in ill-lit sheds, or small, poky rooms, where the characters' faces are seldom shown in full profile. Their language is often coarse - much more so than in previous episodes - drawing our attention to the basic desperation of their plight. In this kind of amoral environment, deaths such as Gunvald's are accepted as a way of life; his colleagues can be briefly sorry, but they still have to continue the job of bringing people to justice as best they can.

This series has still plenty of dramatic life left in it, as it continues to examine the plight of basically good law enforcement officers placed in extreme situations.


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