December 2, 2019  (Web Review)

Straight Forward

RLJ, 2 discs, 367 min., in English & Danish w/English subtitles, not rated, DVD: $49.99, Blu-ray: $62.99

Reviewer rating: 3.0/4

Danish con artist Sylvia (Cecilie Stenspil) crosses ruthless crime boss Ravn (Mark Mitchinson) and is forced to go on the run in this mix of family drama and crime thriller. Sylvia flees to a small town in New Zealand, where she works as a bartender in a tavern and begins dating handsome manager Adam (Matthew Walker), who knows nothing of her real identity or past. Meanwhile, Sylvia also stays in touch with her gang back in Denmark, who are trying to get Sylvia’s mother and daughter out of the country under false identities, while both Ravn’s crew and an obsessive maverick cop hunts for them. Straight Forward is a crime drama in which the con artists are the heroes (they only target criminals and the corrupt), the gangsters are brutal killers, and the police are represented by an unreliable detective who goes rogue. Sylvia’s primary concern is to protect her family from Ravn but she also uses her experience to protect Adam and her father from thieves and con artists. The story jumps back and forth between New Zealand and Denmark, providing a contrast between the dark urban European crime world and the sunny rural Kiwi countryside. Compiling all eight episodes from 2019, this is recommended. (S. Axmaker)