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Below the Surface 

Gidseltagningen (original title)
Copenhagen, 2017. 15 innocent people are held hostage underground in a subway train.
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2019   2017  
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Johannes Lassen ...  Philip Nørgaard 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Alexandre Willaume ...  S.P. 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Peder Thomas Pedersen ...  Simon Clausen 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Flemming Enevold Flemming Enevold ...  Hans Hejndorf 13 episodes, 2017-2019
Esben Dalgaard Andersen ...  Esben Garnov 13 episodes, 2017-2019
Kenneth M. Christensen ...  Daniel Cramer 13 episodes, 2017-2019
Yasmin Mahmoud Yasmin Mahmoud ...  June al-Baqee 8 episodes, 2019
Ola Rapace ...  Yusuf 8 episodes, 2019
Jakob Oftebro ...  Alpha 8 episodes, 2017
Søren Pilmark ...  Lars F. Bülow 8 episodes, 2019
Ali Sivandi ...  Rami 8 episodes, 2019
Kasper Leisner Kasper Leisner ...  Ebbe Møller 8 episodes, 2017-2019
Jonny Zangenberg Jonny Zangenberg ...  Skibsmatros 8 episodes, 2019
Sara Hjort Ditlevsen ...  Louise Falck 8 episodes, 2017
Paprika Steen ...  Naja Toft 8 episodes, 2017
Sus Wilkins Sus Wilkins ...  Denise 8 episodes, 2017
Tommy Kenter Tommy Kenter ...  Leon 8 episodes, 2017
Alba August ...  Marie 8 episodes, 2017
Anders Nyborg Anders Nyborg ...  Ricco 8 episodes, 2017
Michael Asmussen ...  Joachim / ... 8 episodes, 2017
Michael Frandsen Michael Frandsen ...  PET agent 8 episodes, 2017
Adnan Haskovic ...  Bravo 7 episodes, 2017
Søren Malling ...  Hvalsø 7 episodes, 2019
Muhamed Hadzovic Muhamed Hadzovic ...  Charlie 7 episodes, 2017
Anis Alobaidi Anis Alobaidi ...  Mahdi 7 episodes, 2019
Helle Fagralid ...  Beate Seitsø 7 episodes, 2019
Elsebeth Steentoft Elsebeth Steentoft ...  Herdis Krabbe 7 episodes, 2019
Laura Christensen ...  Siri 7 episodes, 2019
Anna Maria Granlund ...  Selma 7 episodes, 2019
Søren Lenander Søren Lenander ...  Niels 7 episodes, 2019
Jacob Randrup ...  Rasmus 7 episodes, 2019
Amelia Hoy ...  Lise 7 episodes, 2019
Henning Jensen ...  Henning Nørgaard 7 episodes, 2017-2019
Nomi Lotuz Nomi Lotuz ...  Færgegidsel 7 episodes, 2019
Michael Stenkvist Michael Stenkvist ...  Færgegidsel 7 episodes, 2019
Jeppe Kimose Jeppe Kimose ...  Færgegidsel 7 episodes, 2019
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On a rainy October morning, fifteen Danes have their lives turned upside down when the metro train they are traveling on is hijacked by unknown perpetrators, who will threaten to kill each of them, one by one, if their demands aren't met. This is the beginning of a historic hostage situation that, over the course of one single week, changes Denmark forever. The official Denmark finds itself caught in a whirlwind. The politicians argue whether or not to negotiate with terrorists. In the press, there are discussions on where the line is drawn in portraying the captives and seeking out their families. Ordinary Danes are thinking that it could just as well have been them. Among the hostages, the thoughts vary between rebellion, negotiation and apathy, but one thought is shared by all: "Am I going to die now?"

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On 2 April 2017, the series premiered in Denmark on Kanal 5, and was released on DVD in Germany on 19 October 2017. See more »

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Curious arrangment of prejudices and standardised action cliché.
10 July 2019 | by writenamehereSee all my reviews

Compared to the first season, this is superior. The last series took a long time to get started, maybe three quarters of the episode run. This one gets straight into it.

As an action tv show, it's just above average. The acting is good, the characters realistic enough. If there's a down side to the action it's only that we've seen all the main plotlines before, thanks to Arnie, Sylvester, Keanu, and The Rock. The only story points that make it worth watching are the occasional psychological details. Otherwise it's shooting, explosions, heroes and villains, as per usual.

However, it is also a curious arrangement of prejudices, and they are front and centre, whole scenes devoted to them, the message repeated purposely. These particular Danish action heroes don't like women, not unless they stay at home with the kids and wait for their action men to return triumphant. Mental health issues also a no no. Muslims or anyone foreign are suspect, but they're not as bad as women as long as they're tough guys, and they aren't as bad as those psychopathic Russians who can't be trusted, period. All the unemployed are stupid and useless except as a source of free labour. Doesn't matter if you were previously a hero, now that you aren't in the cops you're a "hopeless case", and you better not speak out about injustice because then people will attack your PTSD and you'll embarrass yourself and the rest us.

These ideas aren't surprising, and lord knows I don't watch to watch the other extreme. It was just plain old fashioned, unnecessary to the action or the story, and in the first instance it occurs, really offensive. But if you like listening to Danish, then why not.

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2 April 2017 (Denmark) See more »

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