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Detective Andreas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) seemingly perfect life is thrown into disarray when he is called out to a domestic dispute between a junkie couple to find their infant son, neglected and crying in a closet. With red tape stopping Andreas from intervening to protect the child and a personal loss effecting his judgement, the usually collected policeman finds himself powerless and shaken to the core. Slowly losing his grip on right and wrong he decides to take justice from outside the law and in to his own hands in an attempt to save the child from a life of destitution and an early grave.


The film comes with natural and realy world style and is is shot like generally speaking, like a slick TV drama. There's a distinct lean toward blue as everything seems to hold a blue tint on some level and actual blue coloured clothes or eyes are noticeably more striking than other elements. Generally everything looks good like a modern production should beyond some distinctly softer wide shots.

This is a modern, well shot, purposely gritty drama that while only in standard definition still manages to have a fairly strong image, despite the inherent softness. Colours are always warm and bright and broodier scenes are full of dark corners that add to the dark tone. Details and depth are good throughout and while the style of the film only ever reaches the solid standards of a decent TV show level of production, that still makes for some good looking moments.


Dialogue is clean and sharp and the score, while minimal manages to stir things up when at its most imposing or indeed tender. Baby cries seem like they're in the room, soft ambient weather adds a nice depth to the track and uses the rears from time to time. The whole thing keeps to a high end TV type audio experience as it trips between family softness and its harder cop based drama (not that it ever gets particularly hard like the cover art might imply)


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A Second Chance is sad and often disturbing but in very human way, as opposed to a scary way or purposely violent or shocking way. Fuelled by loss, the characters make some tough choices and this is played with expertly by director Susanne Bier.

The DVD looks good but is nothing special for the for the format, same goes for the audio track. With no extras this release isn't really sticking out from the crowd but those looking for a bleak, albeit well told bit of TV style drama staring a Game of Thrones favourite, shouldn't be disappointed.

A Second Chance
A Second Chance
A Second Chance
A Second Chance
A Second Chance
A Second Chance