It’s 1983 now, and Detective Inspector Maurice Jobson (Morrisey) is haunted by guilt over his reluctant participation in the police’s corrupt activities over the years. After a young girl disappears, Jobson is then forced to revisit old cases, while solicitor John Piggot (Addy) stumbles upon the department’s corruption after being hired to mount an appeal for the retarded man (Mays) accused of the serial killings…
While not as strong as the previous two instalments, director Anand Tucker ensures that Red Riding: In the Year Of Our Lord 1983 offers a fitting end to the impressive TV movie trilogy. Despite boasting the same bleak atmosphere – again typified by those disquieting power plant towers – ’83 features one key difference: here there’s two protagonists. While this means we arguably don’t connect with either in the same way that we did with Andrew Garfield or Paddy Considine previously, both Mark Addy and David Morrisey are equally as compelling and deserving of praise. In truth, it’s not always clear that what we’re watching is a flashback (much of this part flashes back to previous events), yet it’s nice to have answers to lingering questions, and the likes of Sean Bean, Warren Clarke, and Peter Mullan are given more to do.
While not as strong as the previous two instalments, Red Riding: In the Year Of Our Lord 1983 offers a fitting end to the impressive TV movie trilogy.