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The Sins [DVD]
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Len Green is a man in crisis. After four and a half years in prison and having more than provided for his family through a lifetime of crime, the one-time getaway driver has decided to go straight and earn an honest living.
But how will his wife, Gloria and four daughters adjust to their new-found, and much less influential, status? And will it really be so easy for Len to resist the temptations offered by his criminal past, particularly when his old cohorts are so reluctant to let him go?
Offered work in his Uncle Irwin’s undertaking business, Len’s rose-tinted view of his family life is gradually obliterated. Faced with a series of challenges, in the form of the seven deadly sins, he struggles to reach a greater understanding of his life, love, family and friends – and of himself.
“Beautifully performed and intelligently scripted” Time Out
“Pete Postlethwaite is probably the best actor in the world.” Steven Spielberg
“Strange, dark, daring and brilliant” The Guardian
The immensely versatile Pete Postlethwaite stars in The Sins, a seven-part serio-comic drama set amongst London's criminal fraternity, with each episode taking as its loose theme one of the seven deadly sins. Postlethwaite, who seems able to shine in anything from Hollywood blockbusters to low-budget Brit flicks, stars as Len Green, an ex-con getaway driver who shocks his friends and family when, on release from a four-year stretch, he denounces his former life of crime in favour of more cultured endeavours. Whilst this decision, and the effects it has on those close to him, forms the story arc, the real meat of the series is to be found in his relationships with his wife (played by the perennially excellent and hugely underrated Geraldine James), his daughters--Faith, Hope, Charity and Chastity--his surrogate son, Carl and, perhaps, most importantly, his uncle and mentor, Irwin (Frank Finlay). Each case of temptation and sin is examined in turn (all handled by different directors but remaining part of a cohesive whole), as Len's rose-tinted view of his family life is gradually shattered by a series of harsh home truths. There's plenty of comedy throughout, much of it stemming from Len's new career as an undertaker, but it takes actors of Postlethwaite, Finlay and James' stature to handle the often abrupt shifts from light to shade as the series progresses into a darker place. Perfectly rounded (no chance of a second series, given the nature of the denouement), the extended format enables Postlethwaite to develop and enhance his character in a way that no two-hour film could ever offer. The producers even had the good taste to include a Tindersticks song as the theme. --Phil Udell
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The drama, dialogue and characters are all equally brilliant and themes beautifully portrayed. There is a fantastic blend of drama and humour and a wonderful sense of humanity throughout. At times it is almost Shakespearian in its intensity and meaning.
Worse still, the series grows more tedious as it progresses. In fact, at times, it becomes quite laboured. Discerning viewers may well ask: 'Where's all this getting us?' The fact is, it's a good idea which doesn't quite come off. Fortunately, many viewers will not be too bothered about this and will enjoy the splendid acting and play off between the various characters.
However, if you're tired of clichéd characters and predictable situations, this disc is not for you. Some people, however, will love it for all kinds of reasons and it's nice to think that they will. Because of this I'm giving it four stars and deducting just one to represent those who, like myself, will find it all far too contrived.
The episodes are loosely arranged around each of the `seven deadly sins`, and does contain the occasional dramatic sequence. However the actual plots, dialogue and storylines are comparatively weak leading to scarecly realistic or plausible scenarios. The writers surely missed a very good opportunity to employ the protagonists beyond fairly mild and cliched enactments. Instead each episode denouement deteriorates, irritatingly so, into moralising sentimentality, with the added `bonus` of cringing whimsical music accompanying the dialogue, ... yukk!!
Unfortunately this series fell between two stools, ... it should have been played either as a straight working class drama, or an all out comedy. Trying to combine the both lead simply to a somewhat mediocre offering. If you have viewed, and enjoyed the highly critically acclaimed BBC series, `the street` then you will almost certainly view this creation in a very shallow light.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolute rubbish,I have always been a fan of Pete Postlewaite but never finished watching it as it was so silly.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
I bought this because i love the star,PETE POSTLETHWAITE.I wish i had not,the plot is rubbish and totally unbelievable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BRUCE
wonderful series,heartily recommend it to everybody. Great stories,great music .Published 9 months ago by pj reeves
I loved this programme when it was showen on the BBC and never missed one episode. Am so happy to have all the episodes on one dvd. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ayesha Naeem-Rehman
No doubt it is very dated, but despite that it is a cracking series, Pete Postlethwaite is always a delight as is Geraldine James and the script makes you laugh and cry leaving you... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bernard Rackham
I enjoyed most of the series, but found one or two of the episodes a bit gruesome, especially the funerals. The cast were excellent.Published 19 months ago by K.M. Gregory