Parents' Guide to

Line of Duty

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Action-packed but far-fetched cop thriller; violence galore.

Movie R 2019 98 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

This show is great! it has a high kill count, but is sutiable for kids 13 and above

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Full of action but far too unbelievable to be taken seriously, this fast-paced thriller barely stops for breath. Explosions, epic gun battles, and car chases are all present, with Eckhart's damaged Frank Penny in nearly every scene. He proves a likable lead, showing a vulnerability alongside his heroic persona. But, just like the action, the dialogue is far from subtle. Penny and Brooks' unlikely pairing has the odd comedic moment, but largely their relationship is less believable than the action happening around them. Not to mention the fact that Penny allows Brooks to tag along in the first place.

The social media aspect adds a novel dimension -- Brooks livestreams the action to a growing number of followers, and the movie is intercut with her own footage -- but it stops shy of exploring the idea in any great detail, instead using it as a plot device for the movie's sillier moments, most notably the finale. The villain, Dean Keller (Gotham's Ben McKenzie), is cartoonish, and Breaking Bad's Esposito feels wasted as the sidelined Chief Volk. Line of Duty may be big on action, but it's lacking anything more.

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