THE MIRE is a new series on Netflix. It’s in the crime-thriller genre set in the 1980s in Poland which is very bleak-looking. The series has aired in Poland under the title Rojst before its Netflix release. Read our The Mire review here!

THE MIRE is a series on Netflix. It’s from Poland and aired in its native country under the title Rojst. However, with this Netflix release, it should find a huge international audience. Also, the production quality is very impressive. In other words, you should have no problem finding the story and characters interesting and engaging.


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The crime-thriller is set in Poland in the 1980s which was a bleak-looking era. The plot revolves around a brutal double murder and teenagers are committing suicide in increasing numbers. See, it really is quite bleak!

Continue to our full The Mire review below.

What is mire?

Before we get any further, let’s just cover what the title of The Mire even means. If you look up the word “mire”, you’ll see that it refers to “wet spongy earth”. In other words, mire is another word for a bog or marsh.

In terms of this new Polish series on Netflix, it refers to the fact that the characters seem to get pulled down into whatever circumstances they are in. They are trapped in this mire and cannot seem to pull free from it. Or rather, the more they try, the deeper they sink into it. Almost like quicksand!

In that sense, The Mire seems like the perfect title for this crime-thriller series. It is a brutal world and trying to create a better life seems almost impossible for the characters, we’re introduced to.

The Mire: Season 1 – Netflix Review

The cast of this Polish crime series on Netflix

Andrzej Seweryn portrays the main character Witold Wanycz, and while he has worked mostly in Polish productions, he also has a huge movie title on his resume. He was in Steven Spielberg’s award-winning movie Schindler’s List (1993). Andrzej Seweryn was cast in that movie because he looked almost identical to the real-life person, he portrayed.

Another main character of The Mire is played by Dawid Ogrodnik. He has already done a lot of both movies and TV series productions. He was even in the Oscar-winning movie Ida (2013) which was a Danish-Polish co-production and won for “Best Foreign Language” in 2015.

Zofia Wichlacz plays the role of Teresa Zarzycka. You may recognize her from an episode of the TV series The Romanoffs.

Honestly, I don’t expect you to recognize any of these actors. I’m just trying to point out that they’re experienced actors from Poland. Also, I like getting to experience talent that we’d never see otherwise. That’s certainly one thing Netflix is changing – and fast!

Watch Season 1 of The Mire on Netflix now!

The Mire has just six episodes in season 1, so you can get through it pretty quickly. Also, you should notice immediately, that the production quality is extremely high. Finally, the end scene of episode 1 should be enough to keep you going. It’s simple but very efficient!

Episode 1 was directed by Michal Marczak while the remaining five were directed by Jan Holoubek. The two also worked as writers on the series along with Kasper Bajon and Anna Kazejak. Kasper Bajon worked with Holoubek while Anna Kazejak worked with Marczak.

This is the first time Michal Marczak has directed on a TV series since he’s primarily worked on documentaries in the past. Jan Holoubek has already directed four episodes of another TV series since working on The Mire.

If you’re in the mood for a good crime-thriller then The Mire just might be right for you. Also, the fact that it’s set in 1980s Eastern Europe offers up a very interesting backdrop. Much like it did in Atomic Blonde though that took place in East Berlin and this is in Poland.

Please note that the language may be set to English as a default. However, the original language is (of course) Polish.

All 6 episodes of The Mire season 1 will be out on Netflix from March 25, 2020.


Stars: Dawid Ogrodnik, Andrzej Seweryn, Zofia Wichlacz, Magdalena Walach, Agnieszka Zulewska


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