After the big names, and all the interest in foreign language cop series, especially Nordic Noir, this comes along with very little fanfare.
Series like The Killing and Spiral and The Bridge all had a heavy political presence, which is fine and dandy. Unless you want something that kicks like a mule, but minus the cheese factor. So The (original) Sweeney, The Professionals, with no tongue in cheek. Then amp it up one hundred fold, strip out any waffle or side stories, and lingering arty camera shots, and you start to get to Braquo.
A series of french special branch types, all with issues - raging drug habits, cheap shags, gambling problems, who hover several miles outside of legal.
Really really stylish, the whole team look shattered most of the time, women are skinny and all look alike- in need of a kip and a good meal. And the blokes seem to live on whisky, fags and the occasional toe to toe tear up. 10% Spiral, 90% all their own, I loved this, and it is rare that something stands out above the rest. You reach a real high (or low) point and just as the punchline or money shot is delivered............ the episode ends and you wind up jumping straight to the next one, it's a liberty at times to see credits between them.
Fast paced, character driven, Backstreet France filmed in washed out colour, with a great cast of characters, this feels more like film quality, and paced like Point Blank and Tell No One or the Russian Pusher trilogy.
ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT, YOU WON'T WANT TO TURN IT OFF. Very gritty very cool and very different to just about anything else.