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By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Ambitious but convoluted British crime drama is violent.

TV Netflix Drama 2018
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

A little violent. Some heavy subject matter.

A good show to watch with the older kids.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Though the four-part series kicks off with a murder, the killer is revealed before the first episode is through -- making this less a "whodunnit" than a "why'd they do it." Writer David Hare (The Hours) tries to maintain a suspenseful tone as the various threads unspool, but the dialogue is often clunky and full of awkward exposition, and the interconnected storylines come across as contrived instead of clever. A coincidence is one thing, but a plot wherein the MP's boozy ex-wife happens to order a pizza from the murder victim/refugee, whose death on her doorstep happens to be observed by a bystander, who happens to be in a relationship with yet another of the MP's exes ... who is a bisexual female vicar who happens to be counseling the woman who sent the murder victim out on the original pizza delivery? It's a stretch, to say the least. Collateral suffers from an overabundance of subplots that go nowhere, along with some gratuitous female nudity that feels wildly out of place in a show that simultaneously wants to convey messages about institutionalized sexism and hypocrisy. Mulligan, however, makes a great detective, bringing a wry confidence to a role that's refreshingly different from the characters we've seen her play before in period pieces like The Great Gatsby.

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