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STRAIGHT FORWARD
June 10, 2019  | By David Bianculli

Acorn TV, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

SERIES PREMIERE: This new crime series is a co-production between Scandinavia and New Zealand, which makes for an unusual viewing experience: most of the drama is in English, but the rest is in Danish, with subtitles. It begins in Copenhagen, and shifts to Queenstown, and the story itself is similarly bifurcated. A Danish con woman, played by Cecilie Stenspil, targets a crime kingpin (Mark Mitchinson) for killing her father. What begins as a tale of revenge, though, shifts as her plan goes south, and she goes halfway around the world to hide. But there’s a rogue cop on her trail – and the bad guys are on her trail, too, and targeting her mother and daughter back home. The villains are kind of over the top, but the settings and cultures are significantly different from the TV norm – and leading lady Stenspil is quite formidable in the central role. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.

 
 
 
 
 
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