Cast: Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Heida Reed, Sólveig Arnarsdóttir
Bjorn, one of the bankers who ruined many investors and led the country to bankruptcy in 2008, was found dead in his villa. It looks like a suicide and was quickly dismissed by Helgi Runarsson, investigator sent Reykjavik, and Greta, the local young policewoman who assists. Soon after, a girl and her father disappeared. Are the two related cases?
The lava filed murder follows the genre codes Nordic Black. Like its Scandinavian colleagues, Helgi Runarsson is haunted by the ghosts of his past, the death of an eight year old son and the trauma suffered in the home in which he was placed in his childhood. The characters encountered in the course of the investigation – a pedophile, drug traffickers, corrupt financiers, a worrying motorcycle gang … – help to maintain the creepy and desperate atmosphere. The raw at it purest form landscapes, and the sinister lava field that gave the title to the series. Here is a well structured script who stats slow than accelerate towards the end with a climatic ending.