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– by David Kozlowski

Netflix’s newest original series, Collateral, looks like another run-of-the-mill, cops-and-killers murder mystery, but there’s a lot more to it. Set in Britain, this is a modern tale of racism and bigotry combined with politics and bureacracy. Well, that sounds topical, but it also sounds boring. It’s not.

Collateral is a story about extremism and its effects on society. The media, the church, the military, the police, and MI5 (UK’s domestic counter-intel and security agency) battle over who’s to blame and what to do about radical groups targeting Muslims, LGBTQ, and immigrants. The 4-episode mini-series questions the validity and efficacy of the UK’s institutions and their ability to adapt to modern-day, domestic terror threats against its citizenry.

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Fans of Netflix’s Narcos, Mindhunter, and Ozark will be right at home with the style and tone conveyed in Collateral. However, while humor and action are the hallmarks of those aforementioned series, this new series seems to be deadly serious about the subject-matter and its depiction of hate-based violence. It looks intense.

Here’s the synopsis:

Set over the course of four days in London, Collateral explores the spiraling repercussions surrounding the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery man. Detective Inspector Kip Glaspie (Carey Mulligan) refuses to accept that this is a random act of violence, and is determined to discover if there is a darker truth.

This is yet another example of Netflix finding diverse and alternative voices to feed their massive and diverse audience’s desire for unique content. The quality of these shows rivals anything comparable on network TV and cable too. So much new stuff coming from Netflix this year, we can’t wait!

Are you excited for Netflix’s growing roster of international series and films? Let us know in the comments down below!

Collateral hits Netflix on March 9, 2018.

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SOURCE: Netflix

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.