The Wire (2002 IMDb)

Categorization

Essentially a cop drama, but the genre is bent backwards. Not only the opposing criminal elements, but large sections of the surrounding society are given both narrative weight and a healthy analysis. A broad and brilliant sweep of post-9/11 urban US society.

Subject

Baltimore cops deal with a major drug- and murder-related investigation per season. The cases connect, to each other and the city.

Commentary

Shockingly realistic next to any British Morse or American CSI. Though it has the mainstream complaisance to follow intriguing characters, it also has the courage not to bring them together all the time. Some details are silly: much of the nudity is TV'd up, and neither Omar nor Brother Mouzone really make sense.

References here: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: A War in the Pocket (1989), Knights of the South Bronx (2005).

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