by Del Harvey
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On October 11, 2011, Acorn Media releases “Without Motive” on DVD. There’s a serial killer on the loose, and it’s up to Detective Constable Jack Mowbray (Ross Kemp, EastEnders) and his team to stop the murders. This is an intense and dark miniseries which will leave you exhausted but wanting more when you’ve finished watching the 4-disc set.
Detective Constable Jack Mowbray has seen a lot of disturbing things on the job. But somehow the family man has never taken it home with him—until now. In this complete two-series set, the brutal murder of a young woman in Bristol sets off a chain of events that may change Mowbray forever and tear his family apart.
When the Bristol murder is linked to a series of recent killings, the investigating team grows to more than a dozen detectives and just as many petty jealousies and full-blown rivalries. Mowbray’s boss, DCS Henderson (Kenneth Cranham), keeps the pressure on as it becomes clear that the latest killing will not be the last. Mowbray and his colleagues race to find a predator who will strike again—without apparent motive. A ratings winner in the U.K., Series 1 follows the hunt for the serial killer, while Series 2 searches for a copycat criminal.
As Mowbray, Kemp gives an excellent portrayal of a man struggling to do his job while living up to a standard he feels is slowly slipping away. He focuses his entire being on the capture of this killer, to the detriment of his family, his personal life, and at points, even his work relationships. This series is, as the press release states, truly gripping and difficult to put aside even for a short time.
The cast is primarily supporting actors you’ve seen in other British television series and films, but they are all superb performers and there is not a sour note amongst them.
For more information on this exciting new-to-US release, visit the Acorn site here.
Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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