Luther 3 Seasons 2010

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1. Luther - Episode 1 AGES_15_AND_OVER

DCI John Luther returns to work following the traumatic arrest of a serial killer.

Starring:
Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson
Runtime:
52 minutes

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Luther - Episode 1

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Director Brian Kirk
Starring Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson
Supporting actors Steven Mackintosh, Indira Virma
Season year 2010
Network BBC Worldwide
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

59 of 66 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
Seeing as new series this starred Idris Elba (Stringer Bell from The Wire) I thought I'd give this a try and I'm glad I did.

Centering on John Luther (Elba), damaged cop and loose cannon par excellence it was one hell of a ride - violent, provocative, often funny and very clever. We first encounter him pursuing a child molester who he accidentally let fall to a "certain" death, just before his breakdown. Months later and back in the serious crime squad, his first case is the unexplained murder of an elderly couple, the parents of the beguiling Alice - scientist cum psychopath. He knows she did it but cannot prove it and as the series progresses she returns into his life and work at sporadic intervals.

Their relationship is fascinating as she changes from stalker to confidante and finally accomplice. Ruth Wilson is excellent as the pouty blue-eyed scientist with the killer instinct and Luther fixation. Ditto Elba, who somewhat overplays Luther, the walking nuclear bomb who causes everyone around him to suffer in the fallout. The chemistry between the two is very real and makes this series extremely watchable. As the series progresses, the crim from episode one begins to wake in intensive care and Luther finds himself under close investigation from the harmless looking but dogged inspector. The ice-blue eyed Alice is the only one he can turn to with devastating results...

Great stuff - part Cracker, part Sweeney, part Waking the Dead - it's not to be missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
"You do know the man is nitroglycerin," warns a colleague about John Luther. This detective in London, Luther, is played by Idris Elba. Most notably know from the series 'The Wire'. Luther is a different man, volatile, crazy, and engrossed in his job. We meet him as he is chasing a very bad man. Something awful course and the next time we see him seven months has gone, and his career and marriage in shambles.

Back he comes on the job, fragile in some ways, but Luther becomes involved in a weird murder case where he meets a crazy and possible killer Alice Morgan, played by Ruth Wilson. he has met his match. Alice can see Luther has a troubled mind. One grisly murder after another occurs, and they all lead to Alice. The cases get more disturbing until the final two episodes where things start to boil over.

Luther becomes addictive, so watch it!

Recommended. prisrob 09-16-13
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By I. Thomas on 2 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
The 4th episode aired last night, so I obviously can't speak for the entire series. However, based on these episodes, I have to conclude that this is one of the best BBC tv series' in a long time. Whilst it may appear to be just another detective show, it is so much more, and John Luther (Played by the always great Idris Alba) is one of the most compelling characters I have seen in a long while. Like many great characters, he is deeply flawed, his job an obsession, and he toes a fine line between good and bad. In many ways, he is like "House" who also treads that line. Idris Alba, like Hugh Laurie in House, however make sure that you root for his character.

Each episode revolves around a different case, however their is the overarching story which is possiibly more compelling. I cannot go into too much detail without giving spoilers, so I will end by saying that the show is fantastic, and needs to be watched. The only concern I have is whether the bbc will provide us a second series, or return to the safety of their period dramas
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Scarlett on 16 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
This is truly edge-of-your-seat drama, though be warned, it's very brutal.

The feel of Luther is almost American. I don't mean that in a Hollywood way, but more in the way of American TV Dramas like The Wire, from a shaky scale of morality to the arty music of the titles to the shots of next week's episode interspersed with the credits (the latter idea is brilliant- wonder if anyone's done it before?).

It's true that Idris Elba does play John Luther as 'shouty angry cop' (think Boyd from Waking The Dead)and he does that crime drama thing of picking out a detail and instantly deducing something about a suspect, or even identifying the killer! However I think it works- partly because it adds some levity to a show where morality goes out the window and partly because he's the central character of the show. He's got to have something interesting about him. It also adds some delicious ambiguity- is Luther really psychotic? And when the stakes are so high, is it worth employing someone who's a bit of a maverick if it gets results? Every crime show has a detective who 'doesn't do things by the rules' and you always wonder why they would employ someone like that, but Luther genuinely tries to explore it. The show suggests two things- one, that Luther is a genius, and two, that it's only his personal integrity that stops him from being one of the psychopaths. If you're looking for a more upbeat version of that, Sherlock is a good alternative.

What is unusual for a British crime show is that despite the episodes focusing on a different crime each week, there is an over-riding arc centred around an odd sort of love square. John Luther's wife Zoe (Indira Varma) is torn between her loyalty to John and her lover Mark North (Paul McGann).
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