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Deep Water

Score: 87%
Rating: TV-14
Publisher: Acorn Media
Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/2
Running Time: 221 Mins.
Genre: Crime/Drama/Mini-series
Audio: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA
Subtitles: English SDH


  • About Bondi
  • About Shawn Seet
  • About Nick
  • About Tori
  • Photo Gallery

Based on actual events, Deep Water is an unsettling drama about the brutal murder of a young homosexual man and the tenacious cop who is determined to find his killer, and in doing so, uncovers a long-buried string of previous unsolved similar murders.

Homicide Detective Tori Lustigman (Yael Stone, Orange is the New Black) has returned with her teen-aged son to the Bondi Beach area of Sydney where she grew up, following her recent divorce. She is partnered up with grizzled veteran Nick Manning (Noah Taylor, Game of Thrones, Predestination, Powers, And Then There Were None) and the pair are immediately thrust into the fire when a handsome young man is found brutally murdered in his bed. As they begin to follow the leads that arise, the pair discover that the man was secretly a homosexual and his killer may have targeted him by using a gay hook-up app. As Tori and Nick pursue clues, more bodies begin to pile up and it appears they are dealing with a serial killer bent on murdering gays in the community. This, however, seems to be a dirty secret that lies in Bondi Beach's history and as Tori begins to delve deeper, she discovers that there was a string of murders in the 80's in the same area that were chalked up to suicides due to their nature, but could really have been the work of the same person or group. Tori will also have to come to terms with the fact that a member of her own family who died during that time could have also been a victim and her father, Don (Geoff Morrell, The Code), does not want to face the truth of his son's lifestyle.

Along the way, Tori's dear family friend, surfer/photographer Oscar Taylor (Jeremy Lindsay Taylor) will attempt to help Tori navigate the gay scene of Bondi Beach in the 80's and that of today, but in doing so, he could find himself in the cross-hairs of the killer as well.

When a beloved Bondi sports icon becomes involved in the case, causing Tori and Nick's boss, Chief Inspector Peel (William McInnes), to want this case buttoned up as soon as possible, the duo really feel the heat, but realize the tragedy is that these cases were sadly glazed over for years, simply because of the victims' sexual preference, and they are out to change that.

The storyline and acting in Deep Water are great, but I think what blew me away were the visuals, with the crystal clear aqua water as the camera panned over the beaches and the stark beauty of the rocky cliffs overlooking these beaches. Bondi Beach is a beautiful place and watching this Blu-ray on a 4K TV was simply breathtaking. If you are going to watch Deep Water, shell out the extra few bucks and go Blu-ray, without a doubt. It's simply spectacular and will make you want to go there for a visit, despite beaches with names like Shark Point (yikes!).

Aside from the glorious visuals, there are also a nice handful of short special features included, such as a Photo Gallery and featurettes of the characters of Nick and Tori, Bondi Beach and a bit of its history, and the director Shawn Seet (The Code). It's not must-see stuff, but it's worth a watch.

Overall, if you are a fan of Yael Stone on Orange is the New Black, you'll want to see her in the role of cop instead of prisoner, and speaking in her native Aussie accent. She's a joy to watch, but so is Noah Taylor, who is such a nuanced actor and really plays the character of Nick in an interesting way. He has so many layers that, as soon as you have him nailed down, he reveals another side. Also, if you have seen The Code, about half of the cast will look familiar, which is a good thing, since that's another great Aussie show that happens to be helmed by director Shawn Seet. I also enjoyed seeing Danielle Cormack of Wentworth on the other side of the bars as a coroner/crime fighter. If you are looking for a gritty crime drama with lush visuals, check out Deep Water.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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