The second series of The Tunnel, the British/French re-make of the Swedish crime drama The Bridge comes to DVD from RLJ Entertainment, and although the second series moves further away from the The Bridge, developing its own original storyline, it is still a very tense and terrifyingly gripping watch and is in some ways, better than the first.
The Tunnel: Sabotage centres around a couple who are abducted in the Channel Tunnel, which subsequently leads to an aeroplane crashing into the English Channel, sparking another French/English police investigation. But as DI Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wasserman (Clemence Possey) delve deeper into the case with their respective teams, they come across many twist and turns on the way.
This is without a doubt one of those shows that is just put together so incredibly well, it is near enough faultless. From the writing, to the acting, to the action sequences, it completely draws you in week after week with each episode as more secrets and twists start to seep out and the action heats up. As well as it being incredibly gripping, it is also funny, with the use of light-hearted dialogue, it gives you some breathing time to recover from the tense action that unfolds throughout the series.
The overall structure of the storyline throughout the series is very strong, the plot twists they introduce are very interesting and are extremely cleverly interwoven. In addition to this, the balance between a strong subject matter and high-octane action scenes are spot on, getting your brain ticking whilst keeping you on the edge of your seat. It is not too over-bearing or over-complicated, it is just the mix you need to make a TV series like this work.
Overall, The Tunnel: Sabotage is an utterly brilliant TV series and one that you can certainly binge-watch. It absorbs all of your attention through its thought provoking storyline and extremely gripping action scenes, all whilst focusing on extremely poignant subjects such as terrorism, which does make for a frightening watch at times. Stephen Dillane and Elise Wasserman also do another great job as detective duo Karl and Elise, evoking a number of emotions that really resonates with you as you watch the pair investigate the case. Just the utter genius of the storyline is enough to keep you watching, an absolutely brilliant piece of TV.
Dir: Hettie McDonald, Phillip Martin, Domink Moll, Thomas Vincent.
Scr: Emma Frost, George Kay, Olivier Kohn, Chris Laing, Yann Le Nivert, Ben Richards
Cast: Stephen Dillane, Clemence Poesy, Emilia Fox, William Ash, Clarke Peters, Peter Schneider
Prd: Ruth Kenley-Letts
Country: French, English
Runtime: 45 minutes
The Tunnel Sabotage is out on DVD on 6th June from RLJ Entertainment.