‘Warrior’ (‘Kriger’) | Netflix Series Review Going under

3.5

Summary

Netflix has picked up a solid Danish crime drama in Warrior, which combines Sons of Anarchy with Copenhagen’s brutal underworld.

Debuting on Netflix today, Christoffer Boe’s Danish-language six-part miniseries Warrior (otherwise known as Kriger) manages to be greater than the sum of its parts. Packed with clichés and typical genre elements, it’s nonetheless a well-constructed delve into Copenhagen’s criminal underworld, with a strong central performance from an excellent Danica Curcic holding things together.

You know the story. Danish-Iraqi actor Dar Salim plays CC, a guilt-ridden war veteran whose bestie, Peter, died under his command. Back home in Copenhagen, Peter’s widow, Louise (Curcic), manipulates CC into dangerously infiltrating a biker gang known as the Wolves, led by the elusive Tom (Lars Ranthe).

If you’re imagining scenes in which the undercover hero is forced to prove his loyalty, you’re on the right track. There’s a lot of that stuff, as CC shoves his head further and further into the lion’s mouth, and the lion, predictably, decides it likes the taste.

Dar Salim is mostly required by Warrior to be tough and stoic, which he’s good at, though a greater emotional range might have been appreciated here and there. But really it’s Curcic who provides the show’s emotional core, and she does a fine job in that regard, leaving the macho posturing to Salim and Lars Ranthe’s rather cartoonish villain.

Also unsurprising is the underlying air of sexual chemistry between the leads, and the various sociological microcosms of the military, the police force, the criminal underworld and civilian life, which gives Warrior some necessary texture. The vaguely hypnotic cinematography captures Copenhagen from odd angles and in unusual colours, keeping the relatively rote material feeling sharp and distinct.

Netflix is no stranger to overseas crime dramas: Sacred Games, Money Heist, Deadwind, Ultraviolet. Warrior will fit right in with the crowd, but it also does just enough to ensure that it stands out from the pack.

Jonathon Wilson

Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.

2 thoughts on “‘Warrior’ (‘Kriger’) | Netflix Series Review

  • November 19, 2018 at 7:39 am
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    SPOILER ALERT

    I didn’t get the ending. The bad guy is dead and one of his bullets is in our hero, CC, which I would think would at least help to clear his name with the greater police force, especially with the help of Louise. Instead of trying to do that, they leave the crime scene and presumably make their escape from the encroaching police, making them both fugitives. It makes no sense, to me, especially given the presence of Louise’ son, Max. What are they going to do, leave Denmark and hide out in Sweden? I don’t get it.

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  • March 17, 2019 at 9:24 am
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    The drama was good but the detail of how a back patch 1% bike club/gang operates and recruits was wildly off the production team obviously just guessed that bit – a good watch for the great unwashed but give it a miss if you are a biker !

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