It was always going to be a brave move to attempt to remake such an iconic and acclaimed cult television show. However, that didn’t stop this new take on the 1960s programme The Prisoner
, which originally starred Patrick McGoohan as the man trapped in The Village, where people have names instead of numbers.
For the remade version of The Prisoner, the cast this time features Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen, and the story has been relocated to American shores. The core ethos behind it remains unchanged, and across this series the battle of wits between numbers Six and Two begins.
So does the new take on The Prisoner deliver? Yes, but it takes some time to get going. Fans of the original will certainly struggle to warm to the first episode or two, but those willing to give the show a chance will likely to be far keener on it by the time the last couple of episodes roll around. Leading the acting honours is a terrific performance from Ian McKellen too as The Village leader, Two.
It’s no replacement for the original series, which remains the best, but at least this version of The Prisoner is worth a spin too. It’s got ideas of its own, some fine performances, and half a dozen episodes of solid drama waiting to be enjoyed. --Jon Foster
Internationally acclaimed actors Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings
) and Jim Caviezel (Passion of the Christ
) star in the reinvention of the 1960's classic cult thriller. The six thrilling episodes tell the story of a man who finds himself trapped in a mysterious and surreal place known as The Village, with no memory of how he arrived there. As he frantically explores his environment, he discovers that its inhabitants are identified by number instead of by name and have no memory of a prior existence or outside civilization. Not knowing who to trust, Number Six is driven by the desperate need to discover the truth behind The Village and, more importantly, how he can survive and escape to his previous life.
The Village is controlled by one man: the sinister and charismatic Number Two (Ian McKellen). In each new episode, Six (Jim Caviezel) and Two are locked in a battle of wits, as Six challenges the oppressive nature of The Village and battles against his captors.
McKellen and Caviezel are joined by an all-star supporting cast including Hayley Atwell (Brideshead Revisited
), Jamie Campbell-Bower (New Moon, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
), Ruth Wilson (Jane Eyre, Small Island
), Lennie James (Outlaw
) and Rachael Blake (Clapham Junction
In the 1960s, The Prisoner
helped permanently alter the scope of the fantasy genre. Through the work of Patrick McGoohan, who created, produced, wrote and directed the series, and starred in the lead role of Number Six , The Prisoner
is widely viewed as one of the most well regarded and intriguing cult TV series ever created. While the original series, which debuted in 1967, was a riff on Cold War politics, the Prisoner in 2010 reflects 21st century concerns and anxieties, such as liberty, security and surveillance, yet also showcase the same key elements of paranoia, tense action and socio-political commentary seen in McGoohan’s enigmatic original.Special Features
• Deleted scenes
• The Making of The Prisoner
• Character profiles
• The Prisoner
• Jamie Campbell-Bower interviewing Ian McKellen
• Comic Con 2009: The Prisoner
• Inside The Prisoner