A dark realistic cop series from world-famous filmmaker and former police office Olivier Marchal. Braquo (slang for Heist) follows a squad of Paris cops who exist in the blurred boundaries at the very edge of the law, often using violence and intimidation to get the job done. The lives of these officers change radically when their squad leader, falsely accused of corruption, commits suicide. Determined to clear his name they start an investigation of their own, only to find that the police department itself stands in their way. Driven by adrenaline and a thirst for justice, they must turn their backs on the laws they're sworn to enforce if they are to uncover the truth. Facing constant danger from all sides - and with the two most likely outcomes being imprisonment or death - the stakes couldn't be higher, but that merely serves to crank up the tension in this acclaimed series.
Dark, gritty, realistic, violent, edge-of-the-seat tension. Superb stuff!
- Braquo: Series 1 review by RP
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After I had seen the excellent French cop thriller '36' I looked for others by director Olivier Marchal and discovered the TV series 'Braquo' (slang for heist, or armed robbery). It is superb - in fact it is the best police thriller series I have seen. I would previously have given this accolade to 'The Wire', but 'Braquo' beats it hands down.
If you want your cop thrillers to be dark, gritty, realistic, violent, edge-of-the-seat stuff then this is for you. Populated by seedy looking villains - not to mention the seedy looking cops whose only consistent uniform seems to be a well worn leather jacket - the story has several interwoven threads. As the cops fall ever deeper into a pit of violence and extra-legal activities they face the loss of their jobs, imprisonment or death. Tense stuff with excellent acting throughout, giving a sense of depth to the characters as you follow them at work, with their families, with their wives and partners.
The action is non-stop as the story builds to a complex climax, leaving (of course) a hook for a 2nd series.
I found it gripping and watched it straight through - 8 x 50 minute episodes. And I've now ordered the 2nd series - I expect it to be just as good.
If I have one criticism it's that the subtitles are in American rather than English, but I can live with that.