Acceptable Risk from Acorn TV is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. It is a show based in Ireland about a man who holds many secrets. Once he dies his wife starts to unravel the past and needs to find out how deep the conspiracy goes. Should you take a chance on Acceptable Risk for your own personal collection? Read on to find out!
Acorn TV is pretty well regarded at my house because they are constantly putting out quality programming. You have probably seen their work before as they have released Murdoch Mysteries, Harry, The Brokenwood Mysteries and many others recently. Acceptable Risk is another show with the same high quality and entertainment value. It’s more of a mini-series than a season of an ongoing show as there is one central mystery across six episodes and the story is concluded at the end.
Acceptable Risk does not strictly follow a single detective in it’s story, rather it encompasses the intersecting plots of multiple characters. The drama extends across political interests, big business, police and the private lives of those concerned with an outstanding cast of actors and actresses.
Irish actress Elaine Cassidy plays Sarah Manning, a woman who one day finds out that her husband is not coming home from a business trip because he has been found murdered. What she thought she knew about him is turned upside down and now she starts to question her relationship with him and others around them. The police want to get to the bottom of the crime as the murder seems to intertwine multiple countries and businesses the deeper they go. Angeline Ball plays the strong willed Detective Sergeant Emer Byrne.
One of the strong points of the show are the two females leads. They are very purposeful characters that do not shy away from wanting to find the truth about what is going on. It’s refreshing to see them handled with such care by the writers. They are human and complex and as a viewer, you want to see them succeed. The cast is rounded out with Morten Suurballe, Lisa Hogg, and Geordie Johnson.
I don’t recollect the show to have any graphic violence or language so it is something that would be acceptable for most ages (considering that the show is still about murder). The six episodes seamlessly go into the next so that it feels more like an almost 6 hour movie with every episode being written and directed by the same people. There are a lot of nice little details visually presented in the story and I found the overall structure to be well done.
The characters were played subtly and more realistic, with there not being any scenery chewing villains or completely over the top presentations. With shows like this, depending on how much you know about police procedures or psychology will elevate or lower your ability of figuring out the plot before the show lets you in on it. But for the most part I found the situations and concepts to be plausible and therefore enjoyable to watch. I wanted to see where the characters would go and how much they would find out. The mystery element itself is pretty straightforward but I cared enough about the characters to see how they would react to the revelations.
Acorn proves once again that it understands the importance of physical media and collectors by releasing the show on 2 BD-50 Blu-ray discs. The picture and sound quality is exceptional as you would expect from a moderately budgeted modern show to be. The release comes with a slip cover in a sturdy, non-eco case. There are also two well put together special features included.
Behind the scenes featurette – A well put together extra with 62 minutes of an exclusive behind the scenes look at the creation and filming of the six part series. A must watch for fans of the show.
Cast Interviews – Another quality supplement, we get 19 minutes to get closer to the actors and actresses that made the show possible.
Acceptable Risk Final Thoughts:
Acceptable Risk is a solid, well made dramatic thriller. Fans of police procedurals will find quite a bit to enjoy in the smartly written story. The acting is very well done from all the major cast and I quite enjoyed watching the series. The entirety of the story line is wrapped up within the six episodes so it’s not a huge investment of time unlike a lot of American shows. If this is a genre you are interested in, I recommend a purchase.
Acceptable Risk on Blu-ray (or DVD if you prefer) is available now at Amazon and other fine retailers.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.