The Bridge

The Bridge

The Complete First Season

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When a murder victim is discovered on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, detective Sonya Cross must work with her Mexican counterpart, Marco Ruiz, to catch a serial killer terrorizing both sides of the border. But their investigation will uncover shocking secrets and relentless danger that neither of them could possibly have imagined.
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD BRIDGE Season 1
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (590 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
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Language Note: In English with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned

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kpelish
Nov 20, 2019

The opening scene copies the much better "The Tunnel" series, where a French politician is found dead with the body also centered halfway between two countries, and attempts a similarly complicated plot. However, it's frequently gratuitously violent, with minorities and women constantly portrayed as victims, including lots of swearing and voyeuristic scenes: immigrants drinking poisoned water, young women targeted and kidnapped from Juarez factories, a violent rape, a nude crackhead, and the drawn-out death of an adolescent boy. Diane Kruger is the autistic US detective and Demián Bichir is the macho, adulterous Mexican
detective--there's not much chemistry between them. Will definitely pass on season two.

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misatim
Oct 15, 2018

Extremely Disappointing, bad acting, poor script, just not as good as the original Swedish and Danish series. Too bad as I was looking forward to an english version but this is not it. The lead actor just doesn't pull off the unique, special, she is way to average.

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reginator_22
Feb 11, 2018

Good show, might move a little slow for some people though.

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ScorchingSun
Jan 21, 2018

A very slow first few episodes. You may lose patience.
I persevered. This series gradually gripped me, tightly.
A strong, tense study of familial love and the anguish of loss. As well as the coin of life with trust and friendship on one side and greed and depravity on the other.
Oh, I might mention also some blood and spilled guts.

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JackamoJames
Aug 21, 2017

Unfortunately, having seen the original version, this one does not come close to it. I am sure that if you are not into foreign film then this might be okay. There is another one called Tunnel from UK/France that apparently is identical to the original but I think I will pass being that I thoroughly enjoyed the original.
For those who are viewing this one, you may want to try the Foreign original version just because the female lead is sooooo much quirkier and better.

What's remarkable about THE BRIDGE is that it manages to honor all the crusty old conventions of serial detective television drama, such as an evil mastermind who chooses to toy with his prey, at the same time it comes off as refreshingly novel. No small achievement. The performances are excellent -- Diane Kreuger, Ted Levine, Matthew Lillard -- though at times you can see Demian Bichir, who plays the Chihuahua State police detective, straining to come up with the requisite pathos. Mostly THE BRIDGE is a testament to crafty screenwriting. This is a constantly captivating whodunnit. You won't be disappointed.

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enness
Jun 15, 2016

The US detective played by Diane Kruger is "so painfully awkward" because she is high-functioning autistic. Actor Ted Levine's character is her mentor and helps her, especially to continue as a police detective.
This element may not defy belief in Scandinavia -- it's a different society.
It defies belief in the US. How could she have even been accepted at a police academy?
The original Swedish/Danish series, "Bron/Broen" has become a franchise. Besides this US/Mexico version, there's supposed to be a British/French version -- in the Channel Tunnel?
I don't recall that the first season of the Scandinavian version scattered around sub-plots for the next season. For that reason alone, the Scandinavian version was better.

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LaCatahoulaCur
May 16, 2016

Just finishing the last episode - what a fantastic series! I'm really disappointed to hear that there are only two seasons. The US detective is so painfully awkward that it's kind of amusing. I adore the Mexican detective's character. The border town setting, and the very real Juarez killings make for excellent, thrilling, scary and just plain rainy day entertainment. It is gory (I'm very much an anti-gore viewer - it's just gross), but in forensics it's easier to process. I love this series - can't wait to see the Euro version, too.

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RoyalJellyIII
Feb 01, 2016

The Swedish/ Danish original of this series was far superior to this rehash.

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Pegasos
Aug 13, 2015

Though realistically rough and violent with several graphic shots, it's one of its kind. It's neither better or worst than its Swedish version which I also enjoyed watching. It's simply the same scenario set in a totally two "different" place, mentality and evil style...

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kpelish
Nov 20, 2019

Sexual Content: Violent and/or coerced.

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kpelish
Nov 20, 2019

Violence: Lots of it, from brutal fist fights to throat-cutting.

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kpelish
Nov 20, 2019

Coarse Language: Bilingual.

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kpelish
Nov 20, 2019

Other: Misogyny; racism. Drug use, prostitution, and adultery are portrayed as normal.

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reginator_22
Feb 14, 2018

Sexual Content: Graphic sexual content.

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reginator_22
Feb 11, 2018

Lt. Wade: I'm sorry, am I interrupting your snack time?
Det. Cooper: [yogurt cup in one hand, spoon in the other] I'm just topping off my good bacteria, boss. You've got good and bad bacteria in your stomach and they're at war.
Lt. Wade: [takes yogurt and hurls it into wastebasket] Yeah? Well now they're in the trash.

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