Cardinal is a Canadian crime drama television series, currently in production for a scheduled debut on CTV in the 2016-17. An adaptation of Giles Blunt's award-winning mystery novel Forty Words for Sorrow, the series stars Billy Campbell as John Cardinal and Karine Vanasse as Lise Delorme, detectives investigating the murder of a young girl.
Cardinal is very much a by the numbers cut and paste crime drama from Canada.
Silence of the Lamb's and any number of decent Scandinavian crime drama's in a similar vein have spawned by the numbers, cut and paste, knocks off's. Mostly they are alright but given their lack of originality and imagination, they are nothing terribly special either.
In my opinion, Cardinal is yet another example, of the aforementioned. Its predictable fare that's competently presented but its cookie cutter story which we all know very, very well gets tedious fast. The gratuitous violence adds nothing to this show either. Indeed, I felt at times it deadened the whole series atmosphere down and left it feeling as bleak and empty, as the winter landscape in which its set.
The acting is competent, the leads know their job but its the tired predictability of this show that really lets it down to a modest degree. In short watchable but in no way a stand out series. Six out of ten.
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