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By Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Drugs and violence dominate Germany-set crime show

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Strong production values and unique German locations give this series a cinematic quality, but the experience's potential is marred by bad dubbing. Amazon is only airing a dubbed version of Beat, and unfortunately the voice acting is terrible: Dialogue is delivered flatly, with barely any recognizable emotion. It's an odd decision to present a show that uses such a specific culture as its background, and then strip it of its native language. While the plot, which could be summarized essentially as "club rat cop drama," would be preposterous in any language, the performances might ring truer and give the story more credence if we were allowed to hear the actors speaking their native German with the audience given English subtitles. As it is, what could have been an exciting, if slightly silly, thriller now consists of a well-shot but clunky-sounding oddity.

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