|Pop Culture Gadabout|
Tuesday, October 31, 2006 |
( 10/31/2006 07:34:00 AM ) Bill S.
PISSED & OBNOXIOUS – Any opportunity to watch Robbie Coltrane as Fitz, the thoroughly reprobate forensic psychologist, is worth taking, so I was pleased to see a new Cracker telemovie airing on BBC America last night, the first in – gads, has it been that long? – ten years. (Our hero, it appears, has been living in Australia for the last seven years.) Coltrane's Eddie Fitzgerald remains his compulsively watchable train wreck of a self, though the script, which attempts to update the traumatized returning Vietnam vet story to modern times, could've been a trace more subtle. (Scriptwriter Jimmy McGovern, also responsible for the movie Priest, clearly has a flare for the provocative.) The basic idea behind "A New Terror" – that a veteran of the never-ending conflicts in Northern Ireland (Anthony Flanagan) would be driven to murder through a combination of his own traumatic memories and a resentment toward the round-the-clock shift in news focus to 9-11 and Iraq – is a strong one. But the movie gave us a few too many sequences of nattering newsreel footage blending into our killer's flashbacks. (Okay, we got the point!) Still, Coltrane's such a treat as the badgering, probing Fitz (a major influence on Kyra Sedgwick's Brenda Johnson) that I hope it doesn't take another decade before we see him in the role again . . .