Crossfire, BBC One review - pacy and nail-biting, the holiday from hell

Then he flashed her flashbacks amid a bus full of excited tourists, who arrived at the hotel, unaware of their fate, of course. More reflection on life, choices, fate etc. You feel that writer Louise Dottie (apple tree yard) tries to avoid the traditional arc of disaster movie: that is, gathering a disparate group of people in an enclosed space out of nowhere, immersing the audience in their backstories, then about 45-60 minutes later you start killing them. in shoot You hear shots in the first five minutes (it does what the title says), then you advance by shifts and start from there.

It’s kind of a layering narrative: base of scenes of impending danger, then fill-in flashback, building up the characters’ backstories a bit; Then more imminent danger, with flashback, etc. There is only a small chance that we will get on with these characters well, although we know very little about them, even when the gunman starts targeting them. The script casts an easy scene with a know-it-all guy at the resort trying to guess the six friends’ occupations (although their names are crossed: We have to struggle, adding those step by step).

Leveraging a roster of cast, she creates: Hawes is Jo, an ex-cop turned security consultant for a department store, sadly married to social worker Jason (Lee Ingleby), her second husband, who is unfortunate part-time. They have a young daughter and a son, 10, who she initially thought was called Adam or Ben - although Ben turns out to be trusted actor Daniel Ryan, a nurse and husband of their friend Miriam (Josette Simon), GP; Ben calls himself “the second man in command”. The third couple are “Mr. and Mrs. Perfect”, Chenar and Abi (Vikash Bhai and Anika Rose); Chinar is the president of the limousine rental company. The group also includes Amara (Shalesha James Davies), an older mixed-race teen, who eventually realizes that she is Joe’s daughter from her first marriage.

On top of that, the main detail seems to be that Joe has come up with this holiday plan, which is envisioned at a drunken New Year’s Eve party, she and Jason are in pretty bad shape and Chinar is a good dad. The staff at their hotel speaks Spanish, and there are German guests who position it almost anywhere in the Mediterranean or the Canary Islands (where the series was actually filmed).

It’s a quick, nail-biting style shot in real style to maximize stress - vacation from hell. I admit I watched one episode with a growing sense of dread because all that talent was spent on such a grueling exercise, and I can’t stand the remaining two episodes. After the initial preparation, it is clear that there is nowhere to go for the plot other than the obvious: there will be more dead; The former conditional Joe will have to prove herself, not least to her husband, and vice versa; The reason for the attack by the militants will be explained. A corpse floating in a pond managed to make a voiceover in it Sunset StreetOf course, there is no guarantee that Joe survived all the shootings.

If you enjoy watching this kind of torture, it’s a four-star rating of this kind. But for me, please, no more scenes of panicked people, including children, trying to survive (and sometimes failing) in the name of amusing drama. Accounts of actual terrorist attacks on tourists — in Mumbai, Sharm el-Sheikh, Bali, Tunis, Paris, Nice, Norway — make for chilling reading without a visual equalizer that drives the horror home. Do we have to?

Crossfire, BBC1; All episodes are on iPlayer