AMC`s New Series ‘The Killing’ – A Fresh Approach To A Whodunit!

April 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Movies/TV, Top Story

Yesterday a friend of mine on Facebook recommended a new series on AMC, The Killing, that was premiering Sunday night. I went ahead and recorded it and am reviewing the taping this morning. The pilot is two hours long, but the remainder of the first season will consist of 13 episodes, each of which will chronicle one day of investigation into the murder of a teenager Rosie Larsen. I just watched the ending (of the pilot), where detective Stephen Holder discovers the cage, “where the real Halloween party goes down.”

Well, the first part was really good! Reviews are sterling as well. Mireille Enos is fantastic as Sarah Linden, the lead detective. The executive producer Veena Sud describes the series as “slow-burn storytelling in a sense that every moment that we don`t have to prettify or gloss over or make something necessarily easy to digest, that we`re able to go to all sorts of places that are honest, and dark, and beautiful and tragic, in a way that is how a story should be told.” (The Killing Brings Murder to AMC by Eric Goldman)

The pilot was directed by Patty Jenkins, which immediately caught my eye, since Patty had directed Monster, the grueling story of our first female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos. The music was quite nice also, but I haven`t found out who did it yet. I like the approach, where we get to witness the investigation in nearly real time. It`s a who done it, and I`m already suspicious of Seattle mayor candidate, Darren Richmond. Since this is so obvious, he must not be the right one. The mood of the series reminds me of Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood.