When a series of prostitutes are murdered across various Northern European cities with evidence linking them, a number of national police agencies are brought together through Interpol to investigate these homicides. Headed by Harald Bjørn from Copenhagen (played by Lars Mikkelsen) and joined by Jackie Müller (Jasmin Gerat) from Berlin and Alicia Verbeek (Veerle Baetens) from Brussels. They are all believable as their characters and they all have distinct personalities, backgrounds and side stories. Even Harald, who at times appears like a very efficient, focused police automaton, has some semblance of life!
With the added difficulty of having separate institutions, standards and processes, not to mention the distances involved in travelling, the cases are complicated to solve with multiple plot threads, suspects and witnesses all spread out across Europe. Throw in some false assumptions and twists it is hard at times to keep up with the convoluted plot. Eventually it settles down and gets into its stride quite well, keeping moving at a nice, brisk pace. But then, as we progress towards the finale, there are more turns and more characters brought into the light from the periphery. This leads to a slight sense of bewilderment and having to work quite hard to remember who these new characters are and why they were important, or not as the case may be.
There are some excellent moments sprinkled throughout, along with some real tension and emotion. The three main characters work well together and do make a good team, each with their strengths and weaknesses, alongside their support crew and you get a good sense about them all even if there are a lot of names to remember at times. There is a great amount of exploration to be done as we flick from city to city in pursuit of the culprit, allowing some exceptional scenery to be exposed and explored.
The Team is a nice expansion on the typical police procedural, with great scope and no small amount of depth. As long as you keep your wits about you whilst watching this you won’t be disappointed. I can see The Team getting another outing in the future.
DVD Box Set release of ‘The Team’ on Monday 17th March 2017