Luther - Series 1 [DVD]
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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.
Idris Elba is the magnetic star of the thrilling BBC police series Luther, a gritty, captivating drama that will impress fans of police procedurals and knotty character studies. Elba (The Wire, The Big C, The Office, 28 Days Later) is a nuanced, tortured presence as DCI John Luther, a detective focused on understanding the most horrifying criminal mind. Luther also has sacrificed a normal personal life for his work, and Luther focuses on his back-story as much as on the plot at hand. The supporting cast is as brilliant as Elba, especially Indira Varma as his estranged wife, Zoe, and Ruth Wilson as the fragile-seeming but only marginally sane Alice, with whom Luther has been having a secret affair. The episodes are fairly straightforward police procedurals, including serial killers and other creepy bad guys. But what keeps Luther extra engaging is the superior writing, direction, and production design--making watching Luther an immersive experience for the viewer. And it's not always a comfortable one--this is not the cleaned-up New York of Law & Order, where most bad things happen off screen. Luther's bad guys (and gals) commit their evil deeds on camera and sometimes in slow motion--which only heightens the suspense and deep feeling of immersion. Luther and its focus on its leading character's personal life owes a lot to Helen Mirren's Prime Suspect, but Elba and the supporting cast of Luther do even more to make the viewer feel a part of the imperfect British law-enforcement system. The boxed set includes an excellent documentary with interviews with series creator Neil Cross and the directors and cast members discussing how they deliberately designed the series to be more "impressionistic" than "realistic" in terms of plot. (The interviews would have more impact if they weren't streamed onto a computer screen, but that's a small quibble.) Catch Luther while he tries to catch the bad blokes, and enjoy every twisted step of the journey. --A.T. Hurley. Amazon.com
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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.
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
Luther is a British crime drama program starring Idris Elba as the titular character, DCI John Luther. Written by Neil Cross, the first series, comprising six one-hour long episodes, premiered on 4 May 2010 and concluded on 8 June 2010.
John Luther is a Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) working for the Serious Crime Unit in series one, and the new Serious and Serial Crime Unit in series two and three. A dedicated police officer, Luther is obsessive, possessed, and sometimes violent. However, Luther has paid a heavy price for his dedication; he has never been able to prevent himself from being consumed by the darkness of the crimes with which he deals. For Luther, the job always comes first. His dedication is a curse and a blessing, both for him and those close to him. In the very first episode of the series he investigates brilliant psychopath and murderer, Alice Morgan. Ultimately he is unable to arrest her due to lack of evidence, but as the program progresses, she becomes both his nemesis and unlikely companion. As she pursues her infatuation with him, he gradually relents as he is able to glean insight from her on some of the cunning criminals he pursues.
Elba has been awarded a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance. The series has also received eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations, in various categories.
But what of his personal issues you ask? Divorce. His wife's leaving him because he was too into his work. He was so into the dead he was dead himself. Dead to her. Emotionally dead. One of those, perhaps all. But they're still on speaking terms even after Luther smashes up her living room door once she's found someone else. Mild, mannered white boy Mark North. Luther would deal with it himself but then he'd have to get `Loose Cannon' tattooed on his abs and give the game away.
After the pilot Luther finds himself linked with Alice Morgan, the pilot's antagonist who smoked her dog, and her family. We can tell she's pure evil because she's got fine set of pointy eyebrows and she admits to enjoying sex, the big skank.Read more ›
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Love it, so much suspense, humour and he is drop dead gorgeous of coursePublished 6 days ago by janice jemson
This is excellent TV. Great plot lines, plenty of action and strong performances. If you love detective or police dramas, you will love this. This is definitely one of the best. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Lusher
John Luther; an intriguing and complicated man.
A thinker, deep and sometimes too complicated for others to understand him. Read more
excellent series - though my rating is just based on viewing series one. will get to the rest soon. be warned this is reasonably violent so not one to watch with younger children... Read morePublished 2 months ago by GW