TRAPPED (2015 – )

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Creator: Baltasar Kormákur

Cast: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson

Trapped has found audiences across the world, its storytelling is so gripping that each and every episode leaves you waiting for more answers. It’s a crime mystery with tough characters, tense sequences and a stunning look.

It is an Icelandic  series and yes you will  follow Andri Olafsson (Olafur Darri Olafsson), a chief of police who is now working in Seyoisfjorour as a ferry from Denmark comes in and a body surfaces in the harbour. People from the town and off the boat are under scrutiny as Andri and his two officers try to identify the murderer, but a storm’s arrival leaves them all trapped.

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It first start in an abandoned building where two young people where in when suddenly the building catch fire and one them gets out alive. The next scene is in the present and when Andri tells the passages of the ferry that he has to stay in port until they interrogated everyone on board it does not seat well with the captain. And so is the tension rises also they have to try to solve this before the  snow storm comes in. As they try to investigate they find themselves in danger. It is 10 episodes with some breath-taking scenery of this cold arctic land. Television is changing it looks like there are more quality series that is being created and the writing is outstanding. Finally we are going somewhere. The atmosphere in this story is chilling and cold. I so love the fact that they shot this one in the winter when it was snowing it gives it authenticity. Trapped gets you in and never let go.

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THE LAVA FIELD (2014 – )

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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.

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