The Last Enemy

The Last Enemy

DVD - 2009
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"Set in the very near future, this riveting thriller explores how technology and terror could transform civilization into a dystopian society of constant surveillance. Reclusive, brilliant mathematician Stephen Ezard returns home to England to attend his brother Michael's funeral, an aid worker killed by a landmine in Afghanistan. After years of working in near-isolation in China, Stephen struggles to reconcile his carefully controlled world with a brother he did not know, in a police-state London he does not recognize. He finds himself falling in love with his brother's widow, Yasim, and becoming the public face of the government super-database Total Information Awareness, a program with the ability to watch and record the actions and movements of every individual. Caught up in an international conspiracy, he must decide who, if anyone, he can trust. Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement) stars as Stephen, with Max Beesley (Hotel Babylon) as Michael, and Anamaria Marinca (Sex Traffic) as the beautiful and mysterious Yasim."--Container.
Publisher: [South Burlington, Vt.] : WGBH Boston Video, [2009].
ISBN: 9781593757984
1593757980
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 285 min.) :,Dolby digital sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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graybear1
Jul 10, 2019

No subtitles. If you have hearing difficulties (like me) you need not bother with this one. Also if you have difficulties with British accents. Too bad, as we wanted to see this.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Jun 27, 2019

If you found the "24" TV series too fast, intense, hard to follow, you may enjoy this futuristic conspiracy more. The story includes too much useless killing of good people which turned me off the movie. Undecided whether I'll continue watching beyond 5th extended episode. Don't like being "tagged"? Just dig it out.

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Loge99
Jan 28, 2016

Cumberbatch suffers from the "stone face" syndrome. Botox school of acting. The plot is rather overdone, cliche scenes, much ado about very little. The final scene finishes without answers. Story jumps from scene to scene and you have to create your own story to fill the gaps.

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1queenie1
Nov 10, 2015

This series may deserve the praise it gets for cast and production, but it lost me very early on when Stephen and his brother's widow meet and almost instantly have sex. Not only was it disrespectful to the deceased, but one couldn't help wondering what he found so irresistible about her. (One also wonders how he managed to arrange a great hair stylist for himself while her hair looks as if it had been gnawed away by rodents.)

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IV27HUjg
Jul 03, 2015

Enjoyed the plot, twists, cunning & scary female parts played well - of course, Geraldine James is so diverse. B. Cumberbatch is generally excellent, I just have a hard time watching him for any time length & nearly every scene, but he's maturing. Robert Carlyle is gritty in most roles, he's so great in The Full Monty.

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tenet
May 16, 2015

Rated 7/10.

harrybrowne May 09, 2015

Excellent drama: compelling, timely, provocative and bone-chilling. The acting is superb, especially Robert Carlyle. Gets a little messy towards the end but does not detract from the story.
T.I.A. is not fiction. And we hear the same old BS from the warmongering politicians about "terrorists." And the female politicians here are as cold-blooded and murderous as any man. Art imitates life.
Best line: "It should be a human right to be anonymous...."

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HannaBanana41
Jan 11, 2014

While I love most British shows, this one was a bit hard to follow, i.e. who was the good or bad guy..confusing in parts.
I'm not sure why in the ending the character with the heavy Scottish brogue killed the brother???
I must've missed something...

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nhoj
Oct 18, 2011

A very good British mini-series, part of "Masterpiece Contemporary(Theatre)". Set in the near future, a brother returns to England and gets involved in a gov't plan to introduce a universal ID card but turns out to be much more subversive than that. There are large echoes of 1984 and "big brother". Good plot, good action, good acting and a solid story.

decarabas Aug 03, 2011

If you ever thought you'd enjoy a kinda slow-paced, totalitarian-themed soap opera set in Britain's near future, this is the series for you!

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