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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 (Benedict Cumberbatch, Atonement) returns home to England to find himself caught up in an international conspiracy. He must decide who, if anyone, he can trust.
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A-MAZING!!!

This is an absolutely *superb* series, with wonderful acting, a riveting plot, and...let's face it, Benedict Cumberbatch is sexy incarnate :)
Anyway, the plotline has just enough...Read complete review

This is an absolutely *superb* series, with wonderful acting, a riveting plot, and...let's face it, Benedict Cumberbatch is sexy incarnate :)
Anyway, the plotline has just enough reality to leave you a little paranoid and suspicious of your own government's workings. And while I wasn't fond of the ending, sometimes truly marvelous cinema is amazing BECAUSE it didn't give you the ending you were hoping for or expecting. Truly a well-acted, emotionally touching series that delves into the dark truths of humanity that nobody is willing to talk about anymore.
The only negative thing I have to say is I absolutely hate the cover picture/screencap! Way to pick a photo that shows all of them at their best ;D
In sum: BUY THIS DVD!!!!...just don't judge a movie by its cover :)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed - and a bit worn out.

I am very fond of British drama on TV, and I am a regular watcher of Masterpiece Theater (and its two spin-off features, Masterpiece Mystery and Masterpiece Contemporary). However, I did not...Read complete review

I am very fond of British drama on TV, and I am a regular watcher of Masterpiece Theater (and its two spin-off features, Masterpiece Mystery and Masterpiece Contemporary). However, I did not catch The Last Enemy when it appeared on TV in early 2008. After reading the reviews in [...] (seven very enthusiastic and one very negative), I bought the set. I have watched an episode a night for the past five nights. My opinion: The Last Enemy is not very good. From the very first episode I found it very difficult to follow. It moves too fast for me, without sufficient explanation, sufficient clues, to know what is going on even superficially. At the end of an episode I found myself somewhat puzzled and annoyed. It is not very clear just who is who and just how they are related to each other in their roles and jobs. There is a good deal of sliding ID cards through the door locks, submitting to an eye scan to get through gates, etc. In the course of five episodes this kind of action becomes just too much -- too much running down a corridor, opening a door with an ID card, then running down a set of stairs, opening another door and bursting into a room where another character is sitting at a computer. Too much quick scene changing from one group to another, and back and forth changing from group to group, cutting the action into little bits and pieces. I found the last episode - number 5 - the best of the lot, because it explained more clearly, made more sense, went more slowly, with people talking clearly to each other. But it too was disappointing - with a disappointing ending. I found the love story very poorly related to the main plot of suspense: complete information control and thereby people control, political intrigue, and terrorism. It is also very poorly developed and portrayed, the animal ferocity of Michael's widow in the very first episode being somewhat ridiculous and unbelievable. The ready complicity of Stephen at this point was also unbelievable. I found the resolution of this love triangle also very unsatisfactory - and ubelievable. This story was shown on TV over a period of five weeks - five Sundays, starting in February 2008. I wonder how many people who began it stayed with it until the end. Watching it on DVD, I had the opportunity to re-run scenes I did not quite catch - to pick up the bits of dialogue I could not understand at the first playing. Viewers of the actual Sunday night TV Masterpiece Theater did not have that luxury -- they got it the first time or they didn't get it. How many lasted through all five Sunday nights? Finally, this DVD set really needs English subtitles. It does not have them. At this date (2010) there is no excuse for that. (Incidentally, the directions on the screen state that you can have subtitles by clicking on your remote control. I clicked on mine for each disc and got nothing but the off sign.) More and more I am finding that the Masterpiece Contemporary shows do not quite satisfy. They do not in my opinion match Masterpiece Theater or Masterpiece Mystery - not by half. This DVD set of The Last Enemy confirms my opinion. I now wish I had saved my money and borrowed this set from the public library.

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5.0

Spellbound!

By Pam

from Bucks County, PA

Comments about PBS Masterpiece: The Last Enemy DVD:

I can't say enough about how well directed and performed the series is. I simply enjoyed every moment. I loved the pace, each performance and would love to see more!

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The :Last Enemy

By kbro

from Detroit MI

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: The Last Enemy DVD:

This is a very clever distopian story, one that I originally thoroughly enjoyed on PBS. That's why I bouoght it.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THEY ARE WATCHING YOU

By THE ADVISER

from SAN JUAN, PR

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: The Last Enemy DVD:

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THIS FILM IS TO GIVE AN ALERT OF THE ELECTRONIC CHIPS INYECTED IN PEOPLE. THEY GIVE YOU POSITIVES THINGS LIKE TO IDENTIFY SICK PEOPLES, LIKE A PASSPORT INFORMATION, EMPLOYEE I.D., BUT THE MOVIE GIVE US THE OTHER REALITY OF THIS DEVICES. AT THE END YOU SEE THE DIGRACE OF THIS CITIZEN WHICH IS COMPLETELLY SCANED IN ALL HIS AFFAIRS.
I STRONGLY RECOMEND EVERY BODY TO WATCH THIS FILM AND TELL OTHERS OF ITS EXISTENCE...

DO NOT PERMIT THIS ELECTRONIC INVATION IN YOUR BODY BECAUSE IT MEANS SLAVERY!!!

(2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Very confusing

By Gspecking

from Denver, CO

Comments about PBS Masterpiece: The Last Enemy DVD:

This was not the best of Masterpiece. It was very confusing and it wasn't until much later that the two subplots (political control and a virus on the loose in Afghanistan) began to come together. There is too much going on and too many groups involved. The actors are often difficult to understand for American audiences and it moves too fast.
The love interest just doesn't make sense. Jasmin is discribed as "beautiful" and Stephen falls in love at first sight. I thought she was just plain homely and masculine looking. She showed little warmth and the fact that she would have sex with her husband's brother on the day of his funeral puts the viewers off from the beginning. Bennidict Cumberbatch is a fine actor but is wasted in this. The movie is also too long. Three segments would have bee enough. They would have had to eliminate a lot and it would have been more believeable.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A-MAZING!!!

By Cumberb*tch

from Missoula, MT

Verified Buyer

Comments about PBS Masterpiece: The Last Enemy DVD:

This is an absolutely *superb* series, with wonderful acting, a riveting plot, and...let's face it, Benedict Cumberbatch is sexy incarnate :)
Anyway, the plotline has just enough reality to leave you a little paranoid and suspicious of your own government's workings. And while I wasn't fond of the ending, sometimes truly marvelous cinema is amazing BECAUSE it didn't give you the ending you were hoping for or expecting. Truly a well-acted, emotionally touching series that delves into the dark truths of humanity that nobody is willing to talk about anymore.
The only negative thing I have to say is I absolutely hate the cover picture/screencap! Way to pick a photo that shows all of them at their best ;D
In sum: BUY THIS DVD!!!!...just don't judge a movie by its cover :)

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