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The Last Enemy 2007

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BBC thriller about a man whose search for the truth about his brother's death catapults him into an international conspiracy, and a passionate love affair. When the reclusive Stephen Ezard (Benedict Cumberbatch) returns to London for the funeral of his brother Michael (Max Beesley), an aid worker killed by a landmine, he feels like a stranger in his own country. Britain has been transformed into a security state after a major terrorist attack, ID cards are strictly enforced and every citizen's movement is watched so the government can catch the terrorists before they strike again. After four years abroad, Stephen is confused and vulnerable and doesn't know who he can trust. A pawn in a mysterious conspiracy, he discovers to his cost just how far the country will go to protect its people.

Starring:
Max Beesley, Eva Birthistle
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Last Enemy, The - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Last Enemy, The - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 5 hours 9 minutes
Starring Max Beesley, Eva Birthistle, David Harewood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anamaria Marinca, Robert Carlyle
Director Iain B. MacDonald
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 10 March 2008
Main languages English

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The first two or three episodes of this series are fantastic, exceptionally gripping, mysterious and well-acted. The picture of a near-future Britain dominated by ID cards, CCTV etc is well-evoked and quite believable, mostly, as an extrapolation of present trends. And the central love triangle is very well-done, it packs a good deal of emotional power, as does the growth of Stephen Ezard from remote ivory-tower mathematician to passionate lover and rebel. The wholer thing feels like an updating of 1984, not only because of the obvious 'big Brother' theme but also because the central character Stephen has a similar trajectory to Winston in 1984--he only becomes a rebel, he only begins to realise the monstrous nature of the system, when he falls in love. It is human emotion not high-flown ideals that drive him.
But as things go on, though the action stays good and the characters are just as good as before, the storyline starts to get more and more preposterous and by the end it just feels like the whole thing had got away from the creators a bit. Ends are not properly tied up, people do things randomly, and there are some truly unbelievable moments, which is rather disappointing, which is why I'm giving it four instead of five stars.
However the end is also very similar to 1984 as it offers really very little hope that you can in fact escape the clutches of Big Brother.
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Nov. 2013
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I am such a Benedict Cumberbatch fan. I found this BBC1 series by chance, and was hooked right away. Like the US's 9/11, the UK had a terrorist killing if 213 people at a train station in London. The government really cracked down, and the UK was already the most televised country in Europe. Now, there are police on every corner.

Cumberbatch plays a scientist, Stephen, who was invited to speak about a top secret ID System. He us also trying to find his brother who was working in Afghanistan. Stephen has also fallen in love with his sister-in-law, to complicate matters even more. It took me awhile to try and figure this out. Some of this series is confusing. It seems everyone is under surveillance and under suspicion. The series takes us to some interesting places, and Cumberbatch does not let up,on his brilliance as an actor.

The premise of the series is fascinating and a new take on our future of the survelliant state. The acting is top notch the mystery and suspense deepens, and we become entwined in this series. Well done.

Recommended. prisrob 11-29-13
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Why oh why does production of DVD,s in 2014 NOT cater for or even think of deaf people!!!
I would ask those who make them to spend just 5 minutes with my hearing loss.
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This movie has a relevant message. It is a great story with a significant conclusion and well worth watching. It covers many issues but the most significant are the intrusion into individuals' privacy and the abuse of the data of them, and a sub-theme of the power of an agency that can cut off an individual's access to the `network', e.g. ATM, etc. It makes a compelling argument against the concept of all embracing ID cards and the underlying linking of databases. This is a really significant movie with a thoughtful and thought inducing ending.
However, the story and its message is one thing; the way the film was produced is another. It is a serious theme with social relevance. However, the producers obviously thought it would be better as an action comic book programme for the lowest common denominator. The acting is a good but bit wooden and extreme. So rather than being in the mode of "Smiley's People" or even "State of Play", it is more like "Batman" it seems to use contemporary production techniques where the audience is treated as idiots with a retention span of about 30 seconds. Whilst some films need to be made like that to pander to those that need rap music in every scene, it is inappropriate with this story. It is the BBC desperately trying to make significant programme accessible to everyone, which it never does because the more cerebral people are not content to watch trivial films or at least those that use these techniques to supposedly keep your attention. I doubt if those for whom these techniques are geared would sit through the five episodes of this programme anyway.
The programme seems to have been made for the soundtrack rather than the other way around.
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There is absolutely no subtitles. These days, where DVDs can be purchased from around the world, it's a stupidity. To try to understand Robert Carlyle's accent, with a very loud music and no subtitles when English isn't your mother tongue is really hard. The sound track is inappropriate (especially the bass compared to the speech levels).

It is a really nice and gripping story, well written until the last episode. The end is disappointing as if the writers did not know how to finish the story properly.

However, you spend an enjoyable moment watching the first four episodes and where left disappointed by the last one.
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Got this because of a bit of a crush on the lovely Mr Cumberbatch - and was surprised that it was actually quite a good series! The female lead wasn't convincing but the story was quite interesting and the action fast-paced. Worth a view :)
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