Department Q trilogy

Department Q trilogy

DVD - 2016 | Danish
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The riveting Department Q series introduces maverick detective Carl Mørck who, after majorly botching an assignment, is relegated to reviewing cold cases. With his new partner Assad and secretary Rose the moody Mørck digs into shocking unsolved mysteries including the kidnapping of a high-ranking government official, a brutal prep school murder and a bloody message from two children presumed dead.
Publisher: Orland Park, IL :, MPI Home Video,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (328 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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ilovewhippets
Jun 13, 2019

Of the two detectives, only Assad is warm, interesting and likeable! Assad played his part well and did win an Award!
The other one, Carl, is dark and seriously depressed; although, somehow, he summons enough energy to care about the victims!

Overall, I found some scenes in each film too violent and too creepy, which was a real turn off for me!

The outdoor cinematography of the rural Denmark in the last movie, A Conspiracy of Faith, was spectacular! Yet, the last fighting scene was very unbelievable in terms of the story! Did the other police and the helicopter pursuing the suspect just suddenly vanish??

I am, generally, fond of the Nordic movies and actors! Just not this one! The graphic violence was just too much!

The stories and the actions of the two detectives, the police force, did not always make sense! I suppose this trilogy series is more about the suspenseful thrill, the gratuitous violence and an art of making a film! The stories would have been fine and much better without the violence, especially since these stories are unusual and intriguing enough!

I don't understand why this series had won various Awards in its home country, Denmark! I definitely would Not have gone to the theatre to see these movies!

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Lebowski007
Apr 07, 2019

Really good.

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dsw3914
Dec 09, 2018

I really liked this one although as someone stated below, it is dark and depressing to say the least. It's Danish noir maybe or I guess would actually fall under the bigger umbrella of Scandinavian noir. And that takes into account that the cold cases get solved! Each episode got a bit better and I look forward to more series in the future. The lead is flawed for sure for some reason. For the most part, he is not liked by his co-workers and has no social skills whatsoever. I guess Assad, his unwanted partner, tolerates him and knows he is good at his job despite his flaws. Think a male version of "Elise Wasserman(?)" in The Tunnel or the Diane Kruger role (Sonya?) in The Bridge. The episodes are not numbered so be sure you check the box for the titles and the order. While the stories are not connected, new characters show up and if you have not watched in order, you might wonder where that person came from. If I had to find a complaint, it often strayed into almost just another action movie rather than the thinking/intellectual series that many of The Scandinavian series are. All in all, definitely worth the time to watch.

I am adding this in August of 2020 after I watched these for a second time. The difference is that I have now read 6 of the Dept. Q books and wanted to see how things match up to the books. All in all they followed the books really well. I think the biggest difference is that I had pictured Assad as being short and stocky but the movie had him as taller and sort of slim. I still think he is one of my favorite characters ever in these sorts of series. I stand by my rating and comments from back a couple of years ago.

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theat
Oct 14, 2018

Really dark series. Typical of some of the Scandanavian writers (e.g. The Bridge). The plotting and progression of each mystery is really well done (these are all cold cases). My one major complaint would be that with the main character, the detective Carl Morck, the series never gets to the root of his pathology so he seems like a flawed character operating in a kind of vacumn. With a series like The Bridge, we know right away that the detective has Alspergers Syndrome so her actions seem perfectly logical and her flaws actually enable her to function in a dysfunctional environment. Saw on the internet that one of the major studios in Denmark has picked up this series and will continue it. Olsen plans 10 Dept Q novels. Good news if you like the books and the series.

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hammer59
Sep 30, 2018

Cliche and not intriguing.

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scribby
Jul 27, 2018

Dark, suspenseful crime drama, with interesting character development as the series progresses.

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misatim
Jun 17, 2018

very well done and acted. Excellent!

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htliang
May 20, 2018

This suspenseful trilogy is based on the bestselling crime-thriller novels by Danish novelist Jussi Adler-Olsen. We are introduced to troubled detective, Carl Mørck, who is transferred to the police department's basement to review cold cases after a terrible incident that caused a co-worker's death and his best friend's paralysis. He is given a new partner, Assad, and together they find answers to seemingly unsolvable crimes or disappearances.
Gritty, fast-paced, and suspenseful! Highly recommended.

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tomani66
Jan 28, 2018

Highly recommend this series to those who like mystery, drama and suspense. The acting is first class. We weren't sure what to expect when we started watching The Keeper of Lost Causes which provided the background for assigning detective Carl Morck to Department Q (cold cases) but we were hooked. Carl Morck who is a bitter, moody, driven, and obstinate man, is well-played by Nikolaj Kaas. His partner Assad who is played by Fares Fares is a perfect antithesis for Carl. The Absent One and A Conspiracy of Faith (Danish title looks to be Message in a Bottle) are gripping stories. Carl isn't 100% likeable like Wallander or Saga (Bron, The Bridge) but you can't help hoping that he'll solve the mysteries and catch the killers. Be sure to put down your drink or your plate /bowl of munchies while you watch these !

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calvoer
Jan 14, 2018

Very high level of directing and photography. Trouble is, I had to get up, leave, and wash dishes and do other stuff during the fairly extended horrible parts so I only had the stomach to watch part of it. But that part was good.

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ilovewhippets
Jun 13, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Graphic violence and torture, killing

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ilovewhippets
Jun 13, 2019

Violence: Torture, murder, etc Graphic violence!

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Jun 13, 2019

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