A brand-new Netflix thriller called LUTHER: THE FALLEN SUN is based on the 2010–2019 BBC series. There have been 21 episodes produced across five seasons, one of which being a two-episode Christmas special.
I've had the Luther series on my list of things to see for a very long time. I haven't seen a single episode of the series as of seeing this Luther movie on Netflix. Yet, I had high expectations for this film. I didn't think it would be this nice, though.
Its 2 hours and 10 minutes of running time never seem excessively long. Even though I was on the edge of my seat for the whole of the movie!
Idris Elba is already Luther; he doesn't need to be Bond!
Before watching the movie, I never got around to watching the Luther series, but I did know that Idris Elba (The Dark Tower) played the lead. I was also aware that it was a BBC production and a well-known mixed crime, drama, mystery, and thriller series. precisely the kind at which British television has long excelled.
I was surprised to see that the Luther movie on Netflix could hold its own among James Bond productions.
With the notable distinction that DCI John Luther doesn't employ any gimmicks or devices. He is merely a brawler and a true genius at reading people. Consider Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes.
But with a touch of Dirty Harry when it comes to getting the bad guys to talk. In that sense, he’s also quite reminiscent of James Bond. Though, now that I think about it, James Bond tends to be the one being tortured rather than to torture someone. John Luther is experiencing both ends – so to speak – in this Netflix movie alone!
A few years back, there was a lot of talk about the possibility that Idris Elba could be the next James Bond. However, watching this movie, I couldn’t help but think that Idris Elba doesn’t need to be James Bond when he’s already John Luther. Admittedly, I think he could’ve been a brilliant James Bond, but this movie is as dark as the final Bond movie starring Daniel Craig.
Luther: The Fallen Sun is on Netflix from March 10, 2023. Also, it’s been in select theaters since February 2023.