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8/10
A proper brick in the wall of distinguishable Scandinavian crime series
BeneCumb12 May 2014
/refers to all 12 episodes/ Although I consider myself a fan of Scandinavian crime series, I have to admit that Varg Veum was my first familiarisation with a Norwegian one, I found the character by accident while just being curious whether Norway had something in line with Danish and Swedish creations. The beginning was a bit tardy and the episodes seemed a bit long (almost 1,5 hours instead of usual 45-60 minutes), but realistic incidents, natural development of characters, good acting and picturesque landscape facilitated an intensive watch of all the episodes in sequence. True, not all of them are of equal power and supporting cast is at times stronger than the star Trond Espen Seim (e.g. Bjørn Floberg and Nikolaj Lie Kaas), but the stories are versatile and "the good guys" have several setbacks as well, sometimes even fatal.

PS I you like Varg Veum series, you would like Vares series (Finland) as well - and vice versa. Many similarities regarding characters and approached topics, although the Finnish series includes more odd Nordic humour.
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6/10
Thank God it's over
magda_butra18 January 2018
Warning: Spoilers
A prostitute disappears and her sister comes to Varg asking for help. He finds out that the sisters have also a brother and they allare famous siblings. Siv (Ingrid Olava), Maggie (Gitte Vitt) and Karl Gunnar (Brage Kjepso) were raised by four guardians. So what, seven characters in one sentence? And this is just the beginning! We also have a new villain, Malthus (Kim Sørensen), his bodyguard and his victim, Karl Gunnar's pal. So it wasn't enough that they have similar names, they also look the same. And Hamre is investigating a case of the murder of Bergen's cats. And Karin is pregnant and expects a baby, so of course she should leave town for couple of days. And Varg has short, but cringy enough scenes when he talks to the belly. And often cries/joys that he is going to be a father. And everybody wears bad clothes. Weird fighting scenes, blood and sex. JustKarin looks good, because her only job in those movies is to look sexy.

And I thought it cannot be worse. The plot is disgustingly predictable and Trond failed as a director. From all bad scenes my favourite is the one when Varg is looking at pictures for a minute with a dramatic music in the background. Only Hamre is charming.
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