Luther: The Fallen Sun is a 2023 crime thriller film directed by Jamie Payne and written by Neil Cross. The idea for a cinematic version of the same-named British television series aired from 2010 to 2019 was discussed in August 3013.
In July 2020, Idris Elba claimed that there were no “formal plans” for another season of the program but wanted to return to the character in the film. On November 10th, 2021, Elba, the producer of this film who also stars as John Luther, announced that filming had begun, and it took place in London and at Lite Studios in Brussels, Belgium.
The film stars Cynthia Erivo, Andy Serkis, Hattie Morahan, and Dermot Crowley.
Distributed by Netflix, Luther: The Fallen Sun runs for 2 hours and 8 minutes, and English is the primary language used.
Luther: The Fallen Sun is rated R for Disturbing/Violent Content, some sexual material, and language.
According to Netflix, haunted by an unsolved murder, brilliant but disgraced London police detective John Luther breaks out of prison to hunt down a sadistic serial killer.
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I have yet to see the series – Luther: The Fallen Sun, but from what I’ve heard and read, the series is fantastic and fun to watch. It even has a rating of 8.4/10 on IMDB. I was under no pressure to see this 2023 film as I had other films I wanted to see, but when the hype for Luther: The Fallen sun movie started soaring, I had no choice but to see it. Was I disappointed? You’ll find out; keep reading.
This film starts nicely by immediately capturing my attention with the first act, which involves a young cleaner boy Callum at work when he gets a phone call from someone threatening to blackmail him. He leaves his office and drives down to rectify issues with the caller but is soon kidnapped.
Luther, a heroic police officer, gets involved in the case and vows to bring back the child who had been kidnapped. Just as I expected, the orchestrator (David Robey) of the kidnap also promises to put Luther away and in prison by digging up dirt about Luther.
Luther is not ‘clean’. He would do anything, cross any line, and break laws just to put a ‘bad guy’ away, and now he has to pay for all those offenses by serving his time in prison. Luther knows that the more time he spends in jail, the more times the orchestrator has to cause more havoc.
Cops usually don’t get a good time in prison, and this was the same for Luther as other prisoners tried to kill him. Not learning from his past mistakes, he meets with some officials to get him transferred out of prison.
Things go as planned for Luther, so he is back on the street again with the government and the kidnappers fighting against him.
Luther must hide from the Feds and still try to apprehend the kidnappers.
John Luther, who Idris Elba plays, is the star of the show as he embodies the character of Luther perfectly. Luther is not a perfect man, and he does not try to act perfect; he knows he’s flawed and is ready to stay in jail for his crimes, but he wants to bring justice to a mom who lost her son. His role is filled with emotions, and he shows them clearly.
Another thing I loved about Idris’ performance is his accent. It sounded so original, and I loved it. Listening to him was one of the fun parts of this film. The way he sprinkles humor in his act also makes the movie more enjoyable.
Andy Serkis plays the role of David Robey, a wealthy teeth-gnashing psychopath. Robey seems pained and hurt by the lack of acknowledgment of who he is. He complains that society refuses to accept him for his evil, and he tries to prove to his psychopathic followers that everyone is like them. I enjoyed his performance though I found his face annoying and mean, which is a good thing. You wouldn’t like it if your villain was very polite, friendly, and fun to be with, would you?
Idris Elba and Andy Serkis did an excellent job with the acting, but I won’t say the same for Cynthia Erivo, who plays the role of DCI Raine.
Cynthia’s performance was okay, but she did not show enough emotions to make me feel what she was going through, even when relating to relating with Luther or when she was crying.
There needed to be proper character development for some characters. The guy who picked Luther up during his transfer to a different prison, where did he come from? Who is he? No development on Callum either to make us care about him. It was just the emotions expressed by his mom for him that made us care a bit about his character.
I loved the film’s pace, the special effects were fantastic, the cinematography was great, and the story seemed well thought of at first and quite clever. Still, as you keep watching, you discover many plot holes and realistically unexplainable events.
DID YOU KNOW?
From IMDB, the underwater scenes were filmed at Lite Studios, Brussels, Belgium, in the most prominent and most bottomless shooting tank in Europe.
Do you know what’s funny? I’ve seen this film twice since its release and have enjoyed both times. The only problem is that with each watch, many holes are revealed. Without a doubt, the film is entertaining, yet it left me with more questions than answers. For example, what did the psychopath have on his victims that made them obey him?
Back to my original question, was I disappointed after seeing the film? Yes, I was. Should you see it? Sure, of course. But, if I were you, I wouldn’t go into the film with big expectations.
Do you know how you still enjoy orange juice even when little water is added? That’s how this film is. It is pretty different from the series, but it is still enjoyable.
You can watch Luther: The Fallen Sun on Netflix and in select Cinemas.
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