Sleepyhead ; Scaredycat

DVD - 2013
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Detective Inspector Tom Thorne is a brilliant but haunted investigator for whom nothing is ever by the book. In ''Sleepyhead'', Thorne's only key to catching a serial killer is a survivor unable to move or communicate. In ''Scaredy Cat'', Thorne hunts a psychopath who may have formed a depraved partnership. Through it all, he will clash with colleagues, take shocking risks, and battle the personal demons that could destroy his world forever.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, c2013
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (4 hrs., 34 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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May 21, 2015

Well done but there is too much emphasis is on gore and brutality for my liking. It's a great psychological suspense thriller but lacking in nuance and character development found in other British mysteries such as Sherlock, Inspector Lewis, Ripper Street, Zed or Vera.

harrybrowne Dec 06, 2014

Surprisingly good but quite gruesome. Cleverly written although direction too contrived, gimmicky and graphic. Do we really need to see people peeing and vomiting? The music is ridiculous. David Morrissey as Thorne is excellent as are some other actors. These are good stories that are presented poorly. Worth seeing but with caveats.

Sep 10, 2013

Forgettable performance by the main characters of a London crime unit in the investigation of two serial killer cases (hats off to the writer Mark Billingham); the plots were complex and wonderful but often mangled in a choppy pace with one too many tired social drama or work place politics. Thorne came across as an insensitive self-centered bully in the first case and a sophomoric know-it-all copper in the second. Aidan Gillen was wasted as a minor CSI character. Sandra Oh was the only one given a decent script as a play/work hard cop. No wonder it got only 1.5% viewer share per Wikipedia:

"Running on a Sunday evening in the prime 2100 slot on satellite against strong terrestrial competition from the popular Julian Fellowes' period drama series Downton Abbey, the first episode of four-part drama Single Father starring David Tennant, and a reshowing of the Dan Brown thriller The Da Vinci Code, the show drew 402,000 viewers and 1.5% audience share, according to preliminary BARB figures."


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