What if your worst enemy was your own conscience? Starring Idris Elba (The Wire) Luther is a deeply thrilling crime series crackling with energy distinctive characters and snappy clever dialogue. On a moral crusade too often with only his convictions for company John Luther is a deeply troubled man a philosophical cop possessed by the insoluble problem of evil and justice in a Godless world. Confronting depravity in its many terrible forms over a succession of psychological duels between hunter and hunted perpetrator and prey Luther reveals his capacity for violence as well as kindness; his sudden vulnerability and dizzying visionary mind; why his wife left him for another man and why his colleagues are frequently left open-mouthed in awe. As the stakes get ever higher and more personal Luther's lonely path pulls him towards the very edge of temptation. Will the relentless pursuit of light tip him into the ultimate darkness?from£2.35 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Starring Idris Elba (The Wire) Luther is a deeply thrilling crime series crackling with energy distinctive characters and snappy clever dialogue On a moral crusade too often with only his convictions for company John Luther is a deeply troubled man a philosophical cop possessed by the insoluble problem of evil and justice in a Godless world Confronting depravity in its many terrible forms over a succession of psychological duels between hunter and hunted perpetrator and prey Luther reveals his capacity for violence as well as kindness; his sudden vulnerability and dizzying visionary mind; why his wife left him for another man and why his colleagues are frequently left open-mouthed in awe As the stakes get ever higher and more personal Luther&39;s lonely path pulls him towards the very edge of temptation Will the relentless pursuit of light tip him into the ultimate darkness?
All six episodes from the first season of the BBC crime thriller series starring Idris Elba. Brilliant but flawed murder detective John Luther (Elba) sees it as his personal crusade to track down the depraved killers it is his job to identify. But as he struggles with personal demons of his own, his strong moral code cannot always be relied upon to protect him from the dangerous violence of his own emotions and passions. Saskia Reeves, Paul McGann and Steven Mackintosh co-star.
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The BBC often gets criticised in the press over a variety of different subjects. The main one that seems to follow wherever they go at the moment is the idea that the corporation is ageist. Now whether you accept that to be true or not is entirely up to yourself. However when the BBC does something 'right' such as producing a quality program such as Luther it should equally be as praised.
Luther stars Idris Elba; from The Wire fame in the lead role of Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. A remarkably talented individual, Luther is also plagued with an unsettled and arduous home life. His verbal arguments with his wife litter the series and produce some of the most harrowing scenes in the series. An intense character needs an intense performance, and Idris Elba accomplishes this. But for me he was not the standout performer in the series. No, that title goes to the intoxicating performance of Ruth Wilson as the character Alice Morgan.
Whoever cast Ruth Wilson deserves a huge amount of credit and perhaps a few extra coins from the licence fee. Ruth Wilson has a face almost manufactured for this exact part. Known primarily for her work on period dramas such as Jane Eyre, Luther sees a dramatic and chilling renewal of the range of Ms Wilson's acting talents. Without giving too much plot away, the character may not be as easy to read as you first think. When you first meet the character she is covered in blood, tears flowing down the side of her face. Surely she is the victim? As the story progresses however the character of Alice Morgan rapidly develops and you are left quickly asking yourself should I like her or should I approach her with an air of caution and hate. And all these ideas and considerations are down to both the quality of the writing and quality of the acting. But there is another element to Alice Morgan that really adds an extra dimension to her character and I warn you in advance that it may sound a little strange or silly, but that element is her face.
Now before brandishing the proverbial verbal pitchforks let me clarify my point. Ruth Wilson possesses an optical illusion like face. We have all seen the image that looked at in certain ways can way be interpreted as either a beautiful young women or an old witch. By no means am I saying that Ruth Wilson looks like an old witch, far from it, she is a lovely actress. But at certain times in the series you look at her face in the close-up and you see an angelic cherub like face, but on other occasions her face reveals a devilish type figure. It was incredibly intriguing juxtaposition that occurred throughout the series and one that may not have been replicated had another actress been chosen.
American television series often overshadow the programmes that are coming out of Britain with their huge budgets and epic time spans. Luther is more than able to holds its own in just six episodes. It creates a sense of eagerness that many American shows fail to achieve in their 24 episode span. I will admit though that for me the first half of the series holds the strongest episodes. The episodes never reach a level of inadequacy; it's just that for me the strongest viewing can be found in the first three episodes.
What did surprise me about the series is just how dark the whole tone of the show was. There are a number of very harrowing scenes that really are quite startling. Again without revealing too much information for potential DVD buyers out there, there is a fair amount of blood to be found in each episode. When dealing with murder cases and investigations I suppose this shouldn't be too surprising, but being a BBC programme I wasn't expecting it. More known for family friendly programming, the closest we usually get to blood was a red sequin or the green blood of a Sontaran. But in Luther the blood is there for all to see, and in episode three it perhaps reaches its most dark and harrowing plateau.
A few minor niggles exist within Luther. There are a dose of clichés sprinkled in the series which could perhaps been avoided, but I can look past those as I got a great deal of enjoyment out of the series. The writing, acting, direction is all strong in the Luther series and deserves at least one chance to grab your attention. The first episode may still lurk online on the favoured iPlayer if you wish to watch the first episode to see if it does indeed interest you, but with fleeting appearances from The Doctor, Luther should already be added to your wish-list...
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