Wolf, a Turkish series by Netflix, is more guns and less story

29 . Dec . 2018
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Wolf (Börü) is a Turkish Netflix original. Recently released, Netflix’ first Turkish series highlights the sacrifices of police special operations. For our reviews, we love telling you what the show is all about – what the story is. Well, this one is different. The first episode of Netflix’ Wolf starts with a shootout at a club, with many people being killed in cold blood. This massacre is followed by a hostage situation after two years in a school and the special forces team Wolf taking terrorists down. That action, aimed at wiping terrorists out, continues in rest of the episodes with each and every one replete with scenes showing action in all its glory. As the first episode progresses, viewers know what to expect, which surely led to our interest level declining even before the first episode was over.

What’s WOW: In between all the insane action, with terrorists and members of the special forces being shot or blown up, there were two scenes that we fell in love with.

One of the members of special forces has been chased up a hill by the terrorists. The guy is fatally wounded. Though there are jammers around, he manages to get a signal to a fighter plane, one that is being flown by a girl. That conversation between the two of them is just amazing. Some might call it cliched, though. The guy talks about them getting a cup of coffee in a parallel universe and falling in love, while asking her to drop bombs on the hill where he is, so that all terrorists are killed. The scene ends with her, teary eyed, dropping bombs where the guy is – wiping out all terrorists.

There is another scene where the Wolf unit is on a mission, and Asena from the unit is seen talking to a little girl who is the bride’s little sister. There is a wedding happening. Asena braids the little girl’s hair too. In the next scene, during a firefight, Asena shoots at a terrorist trying to get away by getting inside a house. She shoots him down, but when she reaches that house, she sees that the little girl whose hair she braided, has also been shot. Asena’s reaction in that scene, and afterwards too, shook us up.

What’s Blah: There is just too much action, with very little context setting for someone who does not know about Turkish history.

Parting shot: A must watch for those who just look for action in everything they watch.

Cast: Ahu Türkpençe (Asena Tümer), Serkan Çayoglu (Kaya Ülgen), Emir Benderlioglu (Turan Kara), Murat Arkin (Kemal Boratav), Firat Dogruloglu (Behçet Orbay), Mesut Akusta (Irfan Aladag), Ahmet Pinar (Barbaros Çepni), Can Nergis (Tolga Erlik), Ozan Agaç (Baran Harput), Bedii Akin (Ömer Tunç), Melis Hacic (Zeynep)

Directors: Can Emre, Cem Özüduru

Creator: Alper Caglar

Music: Lincoln Jaeger

Cinematographer: Ender Ercan