A demented serial killer twists Dante's poetry into pure evil in this blockbuster Italian crime drama from the writer of the seminal Mafia series The Octopus (La Piovra). Chief Inspector ...
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A demented serial killer twists Dante's poetry into pure evil in this blockbuster Italian crime drama from the writer of the seminal Mafia series The Octopus (La Piovra). Chief Inspector Antonio Lazzaro returns from fighting the drug cartels of Latin America to take charge of the homicide squad. Complicating matters is a romantic relationship that's not quite over between him and fellow inspector Simona Colli. While keeping their relationship professional the couple, along with their crack investigative team, solve a series of murders that seem unrelated - until a pattern emerges. The murderer leaves cryptic clues from Dante's Divine Comedy at each crime scene. Veiled language from the medieval classic points to the next victim or the next crime location, luring the investigators ever deeper into a mystery, a trap and the mind of a killer. Lazzaro is soon racing against time to catch the maniacal killer whose ultimate target is Lazzaro himself. The ancient meets the modern as the ...
Competent actors hampered by paint-by-numbers script/story
This is a long miniseries (6 episodes of 90 min. each) for so little content.
In its general structure, a new case gets investigated and solved in each episode, while the same Dantesque super serial killer keeps getting closer and closer to our hero.
The actors are all right and, in particular, the women are gorgeous. But the script is so boring and uninspiring that no amount of acting talent can really save it. Pseudoerudite references to Dante's Divina Commedia litter the landscape, in a failed attempt to get close to successful works such as "The rule of four", "The Da Vinci code" and "The Dante club". Watching the characters' interactions in excruciating detail is like watching paint dry -- e.g., when an inspector asks a subordinate to perform some background task as part of an investigation, we see *every* unimportant word that passes between them, with no irrelevant details spared as the script struggles to fill the long available time.
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