The story about the murder of an 11-year-old boy, Rhys Jones in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007 and his parents, Melanie's and Steve's ordeal, and how Rhys's murderer and associates were eventually brought to justice.
Brían F. O'Byrne,
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As she deals with an unexpected pregnancy, D.I. Helen Weeks must return to the hometown she loathes to help her childhood best friend, who finds herself at the centre of a media frenzy following the abduction of two teenage girls.
A four episode thriller of which the first three are worth watching.
The writers had a great idea and ruined it with a horribly rushed wrap- up that made no sense and was just preposterous.
The homicidal teen Sam played by Jack Rowan is a role that must be this young man's front door key to the big time. He's absolutely first-rate as the teen whose clever facade is gently chipped away at by unfolding events. He's devilishly convincing as the smiling, genial menace with murderous designs on his mind.
Incapable of empathy, he has learned to behave somewhat normally. But when things don't go his way, the chinks in his armor are exposed. And on top of that, he gives in to his homicidal urges rather too easily.
His mom works as a nurse in an old people's ward which gives him a steady supply of victims... but when he finds out that his dad's not really dead things start to spiral out of control.
There are some genuinely unnerving scenes as Sam becomes increasingly careless and the body count rises. The photography and music add to the drama in a good way...
Unfortunately, even the (potentially award winning?) performance from Rowan and the clever production values can't excuse the clunker of an ending... which I won't spoil for you as you might disagree with me and think it's great! In which case you'll be cursing me for having read this review before watching it for yourself. But in my opinion, the writers got bored and just added an episode of 'The Bill' to tie this one up!
A special mention to Daniel Mays who had to act the part of Bill, the most limp wristed crybaby in Britain. There's no way this sorry sack of femininity was ever a high-ranking police detective. It's difficult to figure out how this man-child even became a father!
'Born To Kill' could have been a spectacular and memorable series but the silly ending consigned it to the forgettable television dumpster of good tries. Bloody shame that. I actually feel a bit ripped off, having been drawn in so well by the first three episodes!
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