Wisting : an adaptation of Jorn Lier Horst's mega-hit.
Norway hit series on Pick-Box.
The collaboration between Viaplay, ARD, and TV3, on the adaptation of the hit thriller of the dominant Scandinavian fiction - thriller genre - produced an interesting series of ten episodes. The series is conceptually divided into two larger units. Each whole is half a season - five episodes. In the first part, the search for the serial killer is dominant. In the second part, Inspector William Wisting has a problem solving some old bills and rehabilitating himself in the public eye. It’s all connected, the same characters, and the tails drag on from the first to the last episode. So it's possible to watch the first part of the five-episodes season, but the second part of the season is more complex without the first part. The series is quite good, and I doubt there will be many who give up, and if they wish, let them first look at the first five episodes on the block.
The FBI sends two special agents to Larvik. Agent Maggie Griffin – starring Carrie-Anne Moss from The Matrix - and Jessica Jones, and her associate, Special Agent John Bantham – starring Richie Campbell. Their job is to help local Norwegian police catch an American serial killer who has long been hiding in Norway, and occasionally 'hunt' victims under the radar. The local police chief is an experienced William Wisting- starring Sven Nordin, who is an opponent of weapons, but little Larvik has not yet dealt with this kind of evil. To make things even more complicated, Wisting's daughter-Line made sure. As a young journalist, she investigates the death of a lonely old man, who is linked to the hunt for a serial killer...
"An American serial killer haunts Larvik,
a small Norwegian town!"
Half the success of this ten-part series is due to the incredible writer Jorn Lier Horst. Mega-selling Norwegian bestselling author was minimally involved in the production itself. However, in his own words, filming in Larvik (his birthplace) and the place where the action takes place means a lot to him. The series follows his two books: Caveman and The Hunting Dogs. Two linearly connected but also separate entities of the series associated with the same characters. Of course, headed by William Wisting, after whom the series was named.
The European series, as opposed to the American series, focuses on the story and characterization of the characters. Nor is this Norwegian production any less than usual and I would say a winning combination. The characters are multi-layered, there is not much chasing and shooting, but there is more than enough suspense. Casting is excellent, Carrie Anne Moss, who's the spice to series and emphasizes internationality and adds publicity, is out of the spotlight. Sven Nordin from Valykiren a Norwegian actor who's excellent in the role of Wisting, has a great help in the Norwegian casting, from Thea Green Lundberg - starring Line Wisting - to the very good Mads Ousdal - starring loyal Nils Hammer.
The scenery itself adds extra points to this solid series, the shoot was in original locations, mostly Larvik, and Oslo. When it comes to the big-budget, Wisting is the most expensive Norwegian series so far, and we get a pretty positive picture of this thriller. I believe will not disappoint anyone who chooses to watch it. The series is fully available on Pick-Box, so you don't have to wait for the next episode eagerly.
In addition to viewers in Croatia and Scandinavia, Germans, and the British can watch this series. BBC 4 bought the series for the British market. The distribution in Britain's responsibility of Banijay Rights, which also hopes to reach the US market. Given that the series has Carrie Anne Moss, the expectations are not unrealistic, at least as far as the US market is concerned. For us Europeans, it is enough to be the lure of the writer whose work the series was shot. Jorn Lier Horst is just a small piece of the whole range of Scandinavian writers who have dominated the thriller in Europe for a decade.
The series has 10 episodes of 45 minutes each. Ideal for fun in the evening. Whoever watches it won't regret it, but it's also not spectacular enough for some TOP lists at the end of the year. Simply enjoyable fun for fans of European-style thrillers.
NB: The Caveman is not what the name itself refers to. It is a police phrase that refers to a man who has taken over someone's else identity and thus hid himself and his actions from the eyes of the public and the police.