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"Trapped" on Amazon Prime

Fans of the "Nordic Noir" genre will enjoy this new Icelandic series "Trapped"

https://www.amazon.com/Episode-1/dp/...ywords=trapped

Top quality all around, and a terrific whodunit.
Also available on region locked DVD and BD.

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Trapped on Amazon Prime Streaming

While looking for something interesting to watch yesterday, I came across Trapped on Amazon Prime. It is an Icelandic series, featuring a bunch of actors I didn't recognize. No matter, I was hooked from the get go and watched all 10 episodes before I went to bed last night. Before you read further, be warned that the show's primary language is Icelandic so if listening to a foreign language while reading English subtitles is not your thing, feel free to move on.

The show is the finest example of Nordic noir I have seen since the original Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The story is as chilly as the locale but it's compelling nonetheless. The protagonist, Andri Ólafsson, played by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, is the chief of a three person small town police department. He is a huge burly guy, about 6'5" by 300 pounds, who looks like a fugitive from the NFL. He is a sensitive guy, though and has an interesting but sad backstory.

The story opens with the torso of an unidentified man being found just as a big storm is set to cutoff the town. It turns out there are two criminal threads at play and the show finally unravels them. Anyway, I loved every minute of it. 10 Stars out of 10. Will be interested to learn what any of you who decided to take it on thought.

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I got the region B BD set and am happy to report its a nice step up in AQ and PQ. Also has a 25 min "Making of" feature.

Its amazing that most of this was filmed in the snow and cold, I don't know how they keep all that gear from freezing up.

One reviewer called this: "Agatha Christie on ice".
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I got the region B BD set and am happy to report its a nice step up in AQ and PQ. Also has a 25 min "Making of" feature.

Its amazing that most of this was filmed in the snow and cold, I don't know how they keep all that gear from freezing up.

One reviewer called this: "Agatha Christie on ice".
As noted in my previous post, I loved Trapped. The unraveling of its convoluted threads was well done and made for a very satisfactory ending, I thought.

Do the BDs have lossless audio? If so, I assume it's 5.1 and I might be tempted to buy the disks. The video streamed from Amazon, though, was beautiful, very very close to BD quality. Some of the cinematography was startlingly beautiful.

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I love a good mystery...murder mysteries in particular in the vein of 10 Little Indians or Murder on the Orient Express...I think I'll check out Trapped...so everything is wrapped up by Episode 10 and there isn't any 'to be continued' next season type of cliffhanger crap?
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Reminds me of Fortitude, which I liked.

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Do the BDs have lossless audio? If so, I assume it's 5.1 and I might be tempted to buy the disks. The video streamed from Amazon, though, was beautiful, very very close to BD quality. Some of the cinematography was startlingly beautiful.
DTS-MA 5.1 and quite good.

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Reminds me of Fortitude, which I liked.
Same country, a MUCH better series than Fortitude. Season 1 is completely self contained but they are hoping to make more. It was a 6 month shoot and very expensive, which shows.
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DTS-MA 5.1 and quite good.

Same country, [Trapped is] a MUCH better series than Fortitude. Season 1 is completely self contained but they are hoping to make more. It was a 6 month shoot and very expensive, which shows.
Yeah, Baltasar Kormákur (Everest) created Trapped and directed its first and last episodes. I can't decide how much of my fondness for Trapped is owed to how well done it was and how much to my fondness for the genre but for whatever reason, I really enjoyed it.

I may give Fortitude a shot. Any show with Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing) has to have something going for it.

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Same country, a MUCH better series than Fortitude. Season 1 is completely self contained but they are hoping to make more. It was a 6 month shoot and very expensive, which shows.
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Yeah, Baltasar Kormákur (Everest) created Trapped and directed its first and last episodes. I can't decide how much of my fondness for Trapped is owed to how well done it was and how much to my fondness for the genre but for whatever reason, I really enjoyed it.

I may give Fortitude a shot. Any show with Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing) has to have something going for it.
'Trapped" was shown on BBC Four a while back. It was a great watch. Enjoyed it so much I bought, and rewatched it on, the Blu-rays.

However an interesting aspect of 'Trapped' (as with the excellent 'Deutschland '83') is that the series was largely written in English by a Brit (Deutschland 83 by an American) and then translated to Icelandic (or German). https://thekillingtimestv.wordpress....adley-trapped/

I didn't 'get' Fortitude at all - something about it just didn't work for me.
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I haven't started watching this yet but I recognize the main actor, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, from his small role on season 2 of 'The Missing' (another absolutely fantastic series)...he had a great screen presence and I'm glad to see him get bigger roles...
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'Trapped" was shown on BBC Four a while back. It was a great watch. Enjoyed it so much I bought, and rewatched it on, the Blu-rays.

However an interesting aspect of 'Trapped' (as with the excellent 'Deutschland '83') is that the series was largely written in English by a Brit (Deutschland 83 by an American) and then translated to Icelandic (or German). https://thekillingtimestv.wordpress....adley-trapped/

I didn't 'get' Fortitude at all - something about it just didn't work for me.
You are the second poster to this thread to say he has bought the BDs. I may spring for them too. Amazon.uk has them. They are Region B encoded but I have an all regions chip in my Oppo 203 so that wouldn't be a problem.

I couldn't get into Fortitude either, despite its excellent cast. In stark contrast, Trapped sucked me in early and didn't let go until the series was over. Will be interesting to see if we get a second series.

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The Trapped BD is way cheaper on Amazon.uk. It costs only £13.99, which is $18.00 US plus shipping, which is never very much. The downside is that the Amazon.uk disks are Region B encoded so an all regions chip is required to play them. I have such a chip in my Oppo 203 so if I buy this set, I will definitely get it from Amazon.uk.
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The Trapped BD is way cheaper on Amazon.uk. It costs only £13.99, which is $18.00 US plus shipping, which is never very much. The downside is that the Amazon.uk disks are Region B encoded so an all regions chip is required to play them. I have such a chip in my Oppo 203 so if I buy this set, I will definitely get it from Amazon.uk.
Think Amazon UK warn that all UK Blu-ray releases are Region B - whether they are or not - so you may get a nice surprise (unless you know that this has been confirmed by a third party)
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Think Amazon UK warn that all UK Blu-ray releases are Region B - whether they are or not - so you may get a nice surprise (unless you know that this has been confirmed by a third party)
True. I have bought several titles from Amazon.uk that were region free, although the site had listed them as being Region B.
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Think Amazon UK warn that all UK Blu-ray releases are Region B - whether they are or not - so you may get a nice surprise (unless you know that this has been confirmed by a third party)
It doesn't matter where you buy these discs, they are R-B locked and 1080/25.
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It doesn't matter where you buy these discs, they are R-B locked and 1080/25.
And this is a third party confirming it. (I'd have expected 1080i25 aka 1080/50i - most European TV series releases are)
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The Trapped BD is way cheaper on Amazon.uk. It costs only £13.99, which is $18.00 US plus shipping, which is never very much. The downside is that the Amazon.uk disks are Region B encoded so an all regions chip is required to play them. I have such a chip in my Oppo 203 so if I buy this set, I will definitely get it from Amazon.uk.

the price difference alone makes the Amazon UK purchase much better...$43 for the Amazon US version seems a bit too much for 10 episodes when compared to other series like Game of Thrones (which also has 10 episode seasons) and is regularly on sale for ~$25
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I watched the first 2 episodes...I'm definitely hooked...while the characters and mystery are great, the atmosphere is the real star...I don't think I've ever seen a show set during a snowy blizzard...Iceland is a gorgeous backdrop for this...it looks gorgeous in 1080p on my new LG C7 OLED but I wish it was available in 4K w/HDR
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I watched the first 2 episodes...I'm definitely hooked...while the characters and mystery are great, the atmosphere is the real star...I don't think I've ever seen a show set during a snowy blizzard...Iceland is a gorgeous backdrop for this...it looks gorgeous in 1080p on my new LG C7 OLED but I wish it was available in 4K w/HDR
In the bonus feature on the BD they talk about the filming. 2/3 of it was actually filmed in the city, (Reykjavik), with the rest filmed in the little village. Some of the blizzard stuff was real - imaging filming that that crap. Some of the blizzard stuff they just had to turn on some fans to blow the existing snow around.
I'm thinking it was COLD work.
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In the bonus feature on the BD they talk about the filming. 2/3 of it was actually filmed in the city, (Reykjavik), with the rest filmed in the little village. Some of the blizzard stuff was real - imaging filming that that crap. Some of the blizzard stuff they just had to turn on some fans to blow the existing snow around.
I'm thinking it was COLD work.

all of it looks real which is very impressive...definitely doesn't look like fake snow or some studio backlot...can't wait to get back into it tonight!
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I watched the first 2 episodes...I'm definitely hooked...while the characters and mystery are great, the atmosphere is the real star...I don't think I've ever seen a show set during a snowy blizzard...
You haven't watched the two seasons of FORTITUDE yet? Cut very much from the same cloth. In fact, you'll spot a couple of familiar faces from TRAPPED in FORTITUDE.

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looks like there will be a 2nd season of Trapped...in September 2016, RÚV announced that a second 10-episode season had been commissioned for release in late 2018, to feature the same lead characters facing "an even more complex and challenging murder case"

after finishing Trapped I might check out Fortitude even though it gets mixed reviews...Amazon Prime listed a bunch of 'recommendations' for me if I enjoyed Trapped...one of them is titled 'The Kettering Incident'...sounds like an interesting premise within a unique setting with a mix of sci-fi thrown in:

"Two girls disappear in identical circumstances in the wilds of Tasmania 15 years apart, and Doctor Anna Macy finds herself linked to both cases. To clear her name, Anna must delve into her troubled past and face some truths about herself and the otherworldly nature of this gothic land"
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looks like there will be a 2nd season of Trapped...in September 2016, RÚV announced that a second 10-episode season had been commissioned for release in late 2018, to feature the same lead characters facing "an even more complex and challenging murder case"

after finishing Trapped I might check out Fortitude even though it gets mixed reviews...Amazon Prime listed a bunch of 'recommendations' for me if I enjoyed Trapped...one of them is titled 'The Kettering Incident'...sounds like an interesting premise within a unique setting with a mix of sci-fi thrown in:

"Two girls disappear in identical circumstances in the wilds of Tasmania 15 years apart, and Doctor Anna Macy finds herself linked to both cases. To clear her name, Anna must delve into her troubled past and face some truths about herself and the otherworldly nature of this gothic land"
"The Kettering Incident" is very atmospheric and close to the X-Files/Twin Peaks on the weirdness scale. I really enjoyed it and I've read that there will be second series as well.
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finished watching all 10 episodes...5 stars...very entertaining and smart show with great characters...as far as the main murder mystery, by the end every loose end I could think of was tied up...everything made sense and the various mysteries were all resolved in hugely satisfying ways that made total sense...most importantly the showrunner played fair with the audience- clues are there from the very beginning to pick up on...references to objects and clues that initially seemed inconsequential in previous episodes (such as the toy fire engine) proved to be very important to the unravelling of the mystery...this is right up there with the very best mystery shows I've ever watched- The Missing Season 1 also was extremely clever and satisfying

if I had to pick some flaws it would be that names were hard to remember and pronounce and some of the relationships between the various characters was difficult to pick up on
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Also, the absence of a gun for the main character A new season is promised.
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Also, the absence of a gun for the main character A new season is promised.
Yep. Regular police in Iceland don't carry fire arms. There has been one fatal shooting by a police officer in Iceland since 1944.

(UK, Norway and New Zealand also have police forces that don't routinely carry firearms. Totally changes the dynamic of our police dramas in the UK. I still vividly remember the first time I saw an armed police officer in the UK as a teenager.)
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Exactly my thoughts. 4 (of 5) stars.
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Yep. Regular police in Iceland don't carry fire arms. There has been one fatal shooting by a police officer in Iceland since 1944 .

(UK, Norway and New Zealand also have police forces that don't routinely carry firearms. Totally changes the dynamic of our police dramas in the UK. I still vividly remember the first time I saw an armed police officer in the UK as a teenager.)
A big +1 from me! AFA my bolding, in MN(not exactly a hotbed of crime in the US) the last fatal shooting by a police officer was in the last month and just a few months before that for another murder!
It's so refreshing to watch British cop shows where not everyone has firearms and as noted, guns aren't a major star. In MN I've been used to police carrying sidearms for many years, lately even thats not enough and they are having to carry assault rifles to keep up with the thugs that also carry assault rifles!
In the 90s?? the liberal party(D) tried and did pass legislation to curb assault rifles that held more than so many rounds, since then basically all gun regulations have been eliminated. I believe the only thing thats illegal is automatic weapons, of course it's possible to fire off many rounds/second on most of the guns you can legally purchase and with clips that hold tens of rounds, we can kill lots of people in a short period of time
Proud to be an American.....
Canada is entirely different, probably more like G.B. When coming from the US the first question they ask is if you have any firearms, next is if you have any mace, which is also apparently illegal in Canada.
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