Residents of London are filled with fear when a serial rapist begins to stalk and brutalize local women. Investigator Jay Pearson balances her attempts to solve the crime with the fact that her pushy boss is harassing her by making odd comments, offering her rides after work, and repeatedly asking her out. His behavior becomes increasingly hostile as Jay rebuffs his advances. As if Jay didn't have enough to worry about, it is clear that the problems between her and her sister, Ali, run deep; Ali has a great deal of resentment toward Jay over their mother's death, and although the two sisters try their hardest to maintain a sense of closeness, they are constantly wary of one another. To add further drama to an already volatile situation, Jay begins to fancy Ali's boyfriend, Oliver, a kind, great-looking psychiatrist who just might be a suspect in the rapes.
This two-part series from England runs 2 ½ hours on one disc. The acting is excellent as is the storyline, which is absorbing and provocative from the beginning. The tremendous diversity of the storylines makes for a terrific experience. Watching Jay's compassion for the victims, offset by her firm refusals of her boss and sparring with her sister, there is no time to become bored or allow one's mind to wander. Another interesting aspect to this story is that it is not told completely from Jay's perspective; there are separate scenes between supporting characters that keep the story going. The serial rapist storyline is a true whodunit, complete with fascinating detective work and forensic analysis. Then there is the question of how Jay will resolve the problems in her personal life as well as make a success of her work situation.
Some viewers may be reluctant to view a film filled with British accents lest they miss some of the dialogue, but Sirens does a terrific job of keeping slang terms to a minimum; it is quite easy to follow. This is in contrast to About a Boy, a fantastic film from a few years ago that featured Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, and Rachel Weisz, but was so full of British-only terms that the producers of the DVD conveniently included a "British-to-English" slang interpretation guide that was most helpful. Sirens is so straightforward that there is no need to do this.
Overall, this production is well worth your time, especially if you are a fan of Law & Order, Without a Trace, or Cold Case. It is also one of those rare flicks that can be enjoyed equally by both men and women. Due to the mature subject matter and often graphic depiction of rape and its aftermath, however, keep the kiddies away.
The picture, presented in 16x9 widescreen, is very good. The expressions on people's faces, the colors during outdoor scenes, and the sometimes gloomy indoor scenes, are all sharp and clear.
Presented in Dolby Digital 2.0, the sound quality is excellent. From the dialogue to the suspenseful soundtrack, the sound truly adds to the viewing experience.
There are no extras to speak of on this disc.
This top-notch production is well worth your time. The next time you're looking for an absorbing, suspenseful drama, check it out.