A thriller series in 6 parts, called the Canadian answer to Scandinavian noir series like The Killing and The Bridge. It was well-received by critics and also received no less than six Canadian screen awards.
Billy Campbell (who starred in the English language adaptation of the Danish series The Killing) and Karine Vanasse play an unlikely couple of detectives trying to solve a case involving a series of brutal abductions and killings. They both have troubles at home and don’t really trust each other, and have all the good reasons for it: while investigating the murder case, Vanasse is also hired (by her former superior from another department) to investigate Campbell, who might be a dirty cop.
Cardinal (by the way: that’s the name of Campbell’s character) was shot in winter, in Ontario, and the cinematography of the snow-covered desolate landscape is breathtaking. It’s also the series’ major asset. Not that it’s bad, far from, it’s a well-plotted crime drama that will most certainly keep you hooked, but it can hardly be called exceptional. The script offers more twists and turns than you can ask for, but at the same time there are no real surprises, you’ve seen it all before. Campbell is not a bad actor, but for some reason he speaks most of his lines in a loud whisper, an affectation that soon becomes irritating