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This new set of Spanish crime dramas is some of the best stuff to hit standard-def in a long while....
Acorn Media / 179 Minutes / 2012 / Unrated / Street Date: July 2, 2013
Our titular protagonist in Falcon is a crime solver with a bit of a drug problem, but the way he uses is mysterious and somehow alluring. Not that using is ever sexy or anything, but when Javier Falcon (Marton Csokas) buys junk in a dark alley somewhere, he doesn’t ingest the stuff with typical junkie style – the guy stirs his illegal powder into a sifter of water and sips it down. He’s still able to get on the case, of course, but these frequent highs he hits definitely influences his methodology.
But as strangely off-putting as this activity might sound, it lends Falcon an enigmatic quality that liberates its crime drama sensibilities from the normalcy that sometimes plagues mystery programming. Falcon here isn’t just another guy with a fumbling marriage and a powder problem who happens to trail down bad guys – the world he inhabits is riddled with shadows and dangers.
And this makes Falcon completely addictive as a TV-on-DVD set. These feature-length mysteries start meekly but take on a fervent, unpredictable style that is often erotic and even unpredictable (The Blind Man of Seville definitely doesn’t end the way you think it’s going to). With all the new crime drama releases currently on the market, Falcon is creepy, dangerously interesting programming – once you make it through its first ten minutes, you’ll be hooked.