I’m a big fan of foreign language movies and most recently I’ve also become a fan of foreign language TV shows as well, the most recent being the Nordic Noir series Trapped.
Trapped has been show on UK TV via BBC Four on a Saturday nights and has followed on from the previous Nordic Noir hit drama The Bridge, which was gripping show to watch.
The series centres around a remote Icelandic town as a mutilated and dismembered body washes on the shore, an unidentifiable man murdered only hours ago. The local police chief, Andri (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson), whose personal life is in shatters, realises a killer has descended into his town. As word spreads, order disintegrates into chaos as the town’s residents realise they are all possible suspects.
Many people may have been put off by the “Trapped” being shown in subtitles, but this really shouldn’t deter from the series. For me personally I would rather have a series or movie in subtitles than badly dubbed, it all adds to the atmosphere of the show and “Trapped” is now exception.
Right from episode one I found myself gripped to what was happening as the torso is found and everyone on a ferry that has pulled in to port and the town’s folk are under suspicion of committing such a heinous murder, the show is like a good book that you just can’t put down, in this case you just can’t stop watching it.
There is more to the series than just the murder, there is so much more happening in the town, the townsfolk have their own demons to confront as well, families are broken, old abuse cases re-opened, human trafficking. What a place to live.
The Blu-ray is crystal clear and even in scenes at night that are outside in all the snow you can still pick up the details in the landscapes, the sound has a DD5.1 mix and this is made very good use during scenes with the wind blowing as the rear speakers give the feeling of being slap bang in the middle of a snow storm.
Trapped has reportedly received the highest budget invested into an Icelandic series and premiered to 1.2 million viewers on BBC Four. The series was under the direction of cinematic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur who helmed last year’s true-story epic Everest.
Trapped is a superb drama and one which really wouldn’t be out-of-place in a collection of DVD/Blu-rays, it’s gripping, fascinating and intriguing, it also keeps you guessing while you are watching the 10 episodes, you become a detective and start picking out the clues yourself as to who is the murderer.
TRAPPED is released on DVD & Blu-Ray Monday 11th April through Arrow Films and Nordic Noir & Beyond, the box set is rated 15 and includes all 10 episodes and a “Making of Trapped” special feature.