The Tunnel (2013–2018)
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The original wasn't about the murderer as much as it was about the tenuous (professional) relationship between the two detectives.
That characterization translates well. The story may be the same, though the settings may be different. The actors in this version add a different edge to it, and do it well.
It neither exceeds nor disappoints...
Both series do an excellent job of making the viewer feel as if present and a part of the investigative process.
A crime drama set around the discovery of a body in the Eurotunnel at the border of England, and France a detective from either country come together to form a task force to investigate this international murder. While being taunted by a mysterious caller who has some connection to a drug addicted alcoholic News journalist. Waiting in the wings is the strange activity of a rich couple who have each there own demons.
If you loved The Bridge, then you should check out The Tunnel! Well you should. These two shows are so spot on the same, but the ways that they are different make them interesting.
One show could easily be held up as a perfect fun house mirror image of the other, and the values that one holds, and strives for are present in both. I would have rated this a 9 but the side character of the man who helps people get across the border and find safety just doesn't feel creepy enough, and was too fully explained in the first episode for filler.
Enjoy. I 'm not sure yet if I can watch a whole 10 or 11 of these but you just might.
The Tunnel - Sabotage, the second series, strikes a far more confident stride and would have got a 10 out of 10 from me if it was stand alone. It certainly can easily be watched as that, stand alone, and this is what I recommend. You don't need to watch the first series for Sabotage. It has a thoroughly interesting, plausible yet riveting plot, is full of perfect performances from perfectly cast characters.
Funnily enough I also recommend The Bridge (The American version) series one, but less so series two, the first getting my 10.
Reviewers should see the positive side of exploring a similar theme by several companies. If we were talking about series about zombies no-one would raise an eyebrow.
If you like British or European crime then The Tunnel - Sabotage is your perfect viewing.
There is plenty going on in this series and the tension/atmosphere is terrific. Each episode left me wanting more and overall I was satisfied with the outcome. I found the show to be well written and the pacing just right to draw me in to this world.
There were some gruesome scenes to add that bit of realism needed. I liked the characters from both sides of The Tunnel, the two lead characters had a great on screen chemistry. Elise Wassermann was my favourite character, I loved her charm and dry sense of humour.
Overall a great TV series that I hope gets another season or two. I will most likely check out Bron/Broen at some point soon as well.
The two main actors are great and they feed of each other with their own set of problems. The story is slow and deliberate and the characters/actors enhance the feeling of the series and you really feel for them.
The story in itself is well written and told but the real attraction are the main characters, in a way they are the story. I really like the slow pace and deliberate suggestive story telling. The casting couldn't ask for anything more.
S03 of "The Tunnel" breaks that mold. It really is the best of all three seasons. Her and him are their usual perfectly cast selves. The plot and the script are gripping. Small touches, like the French detective swearing in front of a British detective and saying "Pardon my French!" There are current political comments scattered through the episode, but nothing offensive, everyone is entitled to their opinion! (new concept)
A small carafe of Red and some snacks and watch all six episodes, I did! It is real page turning that, one cannot put down. Try it..you will not be disappointed.
If "The Tunnel" and "Babylon Berlin" are not nominated for awards it will be definite proof that the Awards are rigged, to the highest bidder.
Well done to all involved in this series, thank you.
The show started great with the truths and the police trying to catch the TT. Once it hit episode 8 or 9 the show became awful. So much plot induced stupidity it was comical. No point what so ever watching the last episode because it's obvious how it all turns out. The kid "Adam" just running out while he knows a killer is after his family makes no sense. I get he thinks it's his old girlfriend but nobody is that stupid to do that, then of course he leaves his computer open for them all to see. We all knew they would drag out the last episode with so much talking you could literally fast forward 95% of the episode and miss nothing.
Show was very promising but became just like any other run of the mill garbage detective shows when it became about Karl and his past.
so when i came across the tunnel i thought let s give it a try... and im glad i did... it is obviously a similar story,, but i was hooked and enjoyed all aspects of the tunnel.. its superior in every way... the female lead is intriguing , not annoying, the story is better everything is better.. highly recommended. even if you endured the bridge
now ill have to check out this BRON..cheers
I dipped my toe into the original Danish version but found the cultural references too obscure & the whole feel of the show too unfamiliar/foreign to really relate. Plus it's always difficult with subtitled shows, you really have to grab my attention for me to stay & it just didn't. I quit after a few eps. The US one I barely lasted 2 episodes, just didn't like the way they interpreted the dynamic between the two leads & the cultural tension aspect. I started watching the Tunnel without realising it was also based on the Danish original and it grabbed me from the start. I liked the characters better, there was a lighter feeling to it than the US one so it gave relief from some of the grimmer aspects of the show & generally felt it was more accessible to an English speaking viewer with some knowledge of British & French cultures.
Whether or not you've seen The Bridge (Danish or American) this is worth viewing. I am well into the first season and loving it so far. So happy to have found a version of the story that I can watch & sink my teeth into.
First, the characters have over-the-top accents which make them hard to understand. I guess this is supposed to make it more "international".
Second, the background noise is always brought up to a high level during key moments of dialog. Couldn't hear what they said over that passing train? Too bad, it's "atmospheric".
Third, the "Truth Terrorist" speaks over the phone with an electronically scrambled voice, presumably to hide his or her identity. Everything he says is critical to the plot; too bad we can't understand a word of it.
We watch lots of British TV but this is the first where this problem has really impaired our enjoyment.
It was gripping, intense and kept me wanting more and more. However, after watching the last episode, I was deeply disappointed. It ended to quickly and the manner in which the Truth Terrorist was caught was ridiculously short winded. I expected some twist to that of The Bridge, but this was not to be.
All in all a great re-make of The Bridge, but I must reiterate the ending was bitterly disappointing.
to come up with ideas, Both the Bridge and WAllander Swedish style were superior. The UK Wallander was so slow paced ....and drawn out. Branaghs mugging needed faster music or caffeine to speed up the story. You could build a bridge during the plot points. In summary the Tunnel is OK. Its a copy and the original is better.