London Spy

London Spy

DVD - 2016
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What begins as a chance romance between two people from opposite walks of life - one an antisocial investment banker, the other a slacker romantic - quickly unravels when the reclusive banker disappears under suspicious circumstances, exposing his real identity as a spy and forcing his lover down a dark path to reveal the truth.
Publisher: Burbank, California : Distributed in the USA by Warner Home Video, [2016]
Branch Call Number: Lon
LONDON SPY
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
DVD-video,NTSC,rda
digital,optical,2.0 stereo,Dolby digital,rda
DVD video,4 3/4 in.,rda
2 videodiscs (ca. 290 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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January1545
Oct 23, 2017

For starters, I adore both Ben Wishaw and Charlotte Rampling. And I thought the series started out very well -- gripping and well-written. Yes, there are homoerotic scenes, but ever so tasteful. Unfortunately, I thought the last few episodes were way too bizarre and somewhat gothic, and I lost interest about 3/4 of the way through.

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therhiannamater
Oct 12, 2017

(sidenote: I'm sorry, but the previous review that says that "this title is misleading to children" is just hilarious to me. Nowhere does this state that it's intended for children.) ANYWAY. This is an incredible series. But, gasp, there's homosexuality! Sorry, that's definitely not a dealbreaker for me. If it is for you, *coughcoughgrowup* then pass on this one. I adore Ben Whisaw and after this I was blown away by his versatility. And Charlotte Rampling! QUEEN. This is a dark twisted trip through the underground London spy network and deliciously addicting.

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SandraLH
Jul 25, 2017

I love a suspenseful and full-of-intrigue spy thriller and this series had some of it with twists and the unexpected. However, I didn't realize there would be explicit sexual content, which I thought inappropriate. I would not have taken it out had I known. So I fast forwarded through those parts. Some really top notch British actors showcased, but the series felt unworthy of their talent. So Only 2-1/2 stars.

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Onewhoissaved
Jul 23, 2017

I had no idea that "London Spy" was going to promote gay people and most likely gay sex if I watched for very long. I oppose this type of entertainment to the max. So, after sitting through a few minutes waiting to see just what was going to be the scenario I stopped the DVD and will be happy to get rid of it!!

LPL_FisherA Apr 18, 2017

I'm not going to lie, but London Spy surprised me in many different ways. What begins as a seemingly normal romance between a self-indulgent, somewhat idealistic young man who's experienced a number of traumatic events and an enigmatic, socially awkward, secretive gentleman quickly turns into an espionage thriller. The actors are brilliant, especially Ben Whishaw and Jim Broadbent who are clear standouts. Part of what makes this series succeed for me hinges on their performances, because I was not a massive fan of the story, and thankfully the characters are so dynamic and wonderful that they kept me coming back for more. Stylistically, London Spy reminds me of The Fall, which isn't surprising considering Jakob Verbruggen's involvement, and it made me want to go back and re-watch that series right away (which is a great thing in my book). I think that a consolidated version of the story could have been told in a two hour film, but I'm more than happy to spend time as much time as possible with these talented actors.

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Wykeman42
Jan 17, 2017

I couldn't agree more.

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tasu
Jan 04, 2017

This series is a mess. It starts out interesting and well put together, but just degenerates into a completely unbelievable story line. Do not waste your time with this attempt at quality BBC programming.

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64romney
Dec 29, 2016

A fantastic five part series. A typical brilliant BBC drama. Up there with "House of Cards". The actors perfectly cast and the photography developing the tension as the story unfolds. Making us all once again wonder about what goes on behind the doors of MI6. This time taking advantage of homosexuality as their leverage for blackmail.

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ptgfts
Nov 30, 2016

Ben Whishaw, who has been described as one of the finest actors of his generation, tries hard to rescue this murky, meandering mess but this tedious, arty exercise is beyond help. Terrible writing crippled with dreadful direction. There are far too many scenes of the pathetic principle walking, waiting, riding--all supposedly to create suspense--before reaching a conclusion that is as ridiculous as the rest of the plot.

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janeberlin
Sep 30, 2016

5 stars because it's that good. Yes, twists and turns but also some amazing acting by all. A quote on the DVD case said "Heartbreaking." It is but it's so much more. It made me a Ben Whishaw fan and of course Jim Broadbent is mesmerizing. New to me actor Edward Holcroft was also great.

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