Idris Elba and the rest of the Luther gang are back for another high-profile case four years after the series finale of Luther The Fallen Sun. Luther creator Neil Cross wrote the script and served as executive producer, and Season 5 director Jamie Payne was brought on board to ensure a faithful recreation of the show’s signature tone and visual language. Even though it was crucial that Idris Elba reprise his role as detective John Luther, the film also welcomed back show regular Dermot Crowley in the role of DSU Martin Schenk. In addition to Elba and Crowley, the cast also includes Andy Serkis.
Netflix: Luther The Fallen Sun Review
Netflix‘s The Fallen Sun begins with a psychologically damaged Luther being pulled in on the investigation of a lost young man named Callum Aldrich, who vanished after calling the police. This comes after five seasons of Luther breaking the law, suffering many dear ones, and struggling with his own destiny. The individual responsible for Callum’s disappearance becomes alarmed when he learns that Luther was involved, and he decides to investigate Luther’s past activities in sufficient detail to bring about the termination of his employment, the filing of criminal charges against him, and his imprisonment. When Luther is being held captive, he receives a transmission from a new serial killer. The signal instructs Luther to break out of prison and begin the quest for this new menace that is wandering the sidewalks of London.
Luther is forced to escape prison after receiving a transmission from a new serial killer while he was being held captive. The film’s main plot and the new killer have nothing to do with the TV series, but viewers who are familiar with Luther will get more out of the film. An understanding of why he goes to jail or why he is willing to put his life on the line for strangers requires an appreciation of his enhanced interrogation technique, his propensity for working with criminals and killers to get what he wants, and the casualties he’s lost from operating in the grey.
Netflix’s upcoming slate of crime dramas includes “Luther: The Fallen Sun,” and it doesn’t end there in 2023. If you haven’t seen every episode of the TV show, you still have a good chance of enjoying this film because it contains enough stand-alone material and a high enough level of striking visuals and deadly stakes. David Robey (played by Andy Serkis), the story’s omnipresent, wealthy, and devious mastermind, appears to have the motive and the means to blackmail and terrorize at will. The film’s persistent threat is grounded in paranoia and dark levels of destruction and devastation.
Luther’s The Fallen Sun film is more macabre than typical serialized detective shows, with scenes like the discovery of the hanging bodies at the mansion and the suicides at Piccadilly Circus increasing the cinematic quality of an otherwise average show. There is plenty here for most viewers to enjoy, but there are a few weak spots that might make some people prefer watching reruns.
Luther The Fallen Sun film is forced to focus on a very straightforward cat-and-mouse story, with a lot of reliance on performances to carry the load, without the wild card element of someone like Alice Morgan or the potential pitfalls of Luther losing yet another person in his life that truly matters. Some of the murder and suicide set pieces are riveting, but Andy Serkis’s performance never quite lived up to the material. Serkis does not seem suited for a more menacing type, and his typical motivations—being cast out of society because of his devilish nature—are less complex than you’d hope for the cinematic upgrade.
As the film moves towards its icy conclusion, it becomes increasingly clear that the lack of connection and chemistry between Luther and Serkis is a major detriment to the film, and that the personal stakes for Luther are low enough that the plot is thinner than the icy setting. For those who were hoping to see Elba reprise his role as Luther, Luther: The Fallen Sun provides enough visual flair and persistent threats from its villain to make for a satisfying viewing experience. Aside from Serkis’ lackluster performance, the story is hampered by the lack of a compelling personal connection or stakes for Luther.
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