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10.15.08

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Phaedra

Mobile

Two discs; Acorn Media; $39.99

Reviewed by Michael S. Gant


Now here's a great idea: Fed up with cell phones, somebody is blowing up the cell towers of England. Of course, the perp's motives run deeper than just annoyance at loud talkers, but still, it's an intriguing jumping-off point for this superior British thriller, produced by ITV1 and first aired in three parts in 2007. Now packaged in four segments of 50 minutes each, the miniseries proceeds as an overlapping backward revelation. Each episode introduces new characters and doubles-back on what's gone before to reveal crucial plot points from a new perspective—not unlike Vantage Point. The main protagonists are a police officer (Jamie Draven) grieving over the hit-and-run death of his wife; and two rival telecommunications executives (Keith Allen and Michael Kitchen, the latter famous as the Foyle in Foyle's War)—but everyone has a grudge to avenge or a stake to defend. The cliff-hanger structure makes this worth watching all at once. Unlike a lot of American thrillers, Mobile doesn't tip its hand until the very end.


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