The Bridge

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, FX Surely the Amer­i­can ver­sion of this mes­meris­ing po­lice drama couldn’t be as good as the orig­i­nal Dan­ish-Swedish ver­sion? Well, de­spite my snotty mis­giv­ings, I have to ad­mit the Amer­i­cans have done a sen­sa­tional job. The story, with its con­tem­po­rary theme, is worth watch­ing again. It’s suf­fi­ciently dif­fer­ent that you stay en­gaged and the re­ally big plus is you don’t have to stay glued to the screen to fol­low the sub­ti­tles. As in the Scan­di­na­vian se­ries, a body is found strad­dling the cen­tre of a bridge — in this case the Bridge of the Amer­i­cas, which serves as a bor­der cross­ing be­tween Texas and Mex­ico. Cor­rup­tion, ap­a­thy and pow­er­ful drug car­tels dog the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by two mis­matched de­tec­tives — Sonya (Diane Kruger) from the El Paso side and Marco (Demian Bichir) from Juarez — as they pur­sue the killer. The se­ries ar­rives here only two hours af­ter it airs in the US. Tonight the team tracks down a prime sus­pect.

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