Luther: The Fallen Sun, Suspense and logic

Luther: The Fallen Sun


"Luther: The Fallen Sun." Is the criminal a failed police officer?

The British actor of African descent, Idris Alba, has released a new version of the series "Luther". This version blurs the lines between films and TV shows in the drama genre since Alba chose to condense four episodes of the series into a single film. The film, titled "Luther: The Fallen Sun", is adapted from the original work, a five-part series that originally aired from 2019-2020 and totaled twenty episodes. The film was directed by Jimmy Bean.

The film's events differ from the series' episodes, but the character of "John Luther," with all of his negative and positive qualities and preoccupations, remains present in the new version of the work.

The main idea behind the protagonist's character in both the film and the series is the controversial notion of accepting a police inspector with a criminal mind who can understand the minds of criminals, despite his violent and evil nature. Through the goodness within him, he succeeds in arresting them and upholding the law.

Throughout the series and the film, there is also opposition to this idea. Some people realize that a troubled police inspector is more dangerous to society than a criminal, no matter how skilled he is at detecting them.

The events of "Luther: The Fallen Sun" revolve around police inspector John Luther (Idris Alba), who is tried and imprisoned after solving a mysterious crime that resulted in a teenager's disappearance. Before his imprisonment, Luther promised the young man's mother that he would find her son or bring his killer to justice.

While in prison, Luther receives an audio message via a radio wave containing the voice of the kidnapped teenager in great pain. He decides to escape from prison to track down the killer and follows the broadcast wave until he reaches its source.

The new chief investigator, Odette Rehn (Cynthia Erivo), who takes over Luther's case, initially refuses the former president's offer of cooperation but later accepts after planning to arrest Luther as a fugitive from prison, along with the sadistic serial killer David Robbie (Andy Sirkis), who belongs to the dark web world and kills to entertain his online audience.

The criminal kidnaps the daughter of Chief Investigator Anya Ren (Lauren Agufo), who tries to get rid of Luther to save her daughter. However, she eventually agrees to work with him to catch the criminal as she cannot go against her values.


Suspense and logic: 

Idris Alba is widely accepted and considered by many as the potential next "James Bond". However, he turned down the role. The film's script is filled with excitement, anxiety, and suspense, but it requires a lot of suspension of disbelief due to the many coincidences that poorly construct the plot.

The most obvious flaw is the film's premise: how does a corrupt and violent investigator rise to the position of chief investigator, especially considering his African descent and the heightened scrutiny he would be under? Although the killer has vast powers to monitor internet users, it is unlikely that he could surpass the police's monitoring of one of their top investigators.

The second issue is the message delivered over the radio in a maximum-security prison cell. The fact that radios and mobile phones are prohibited raises doubts about the intermediary chosen by the filmmakers to provide a means for the inspector to locate the criminal. It seems like a complicated and unlikely way to expose the criminal.

The inspector himself is just as corrupt, violent, and dangerous as the killer. His argument in favor of accepting violent investigators is compelling, but it raises ethical concerns. The similarity between his thought process and that of the criminals he arrests makes his work more confusing and less effective.

Aside from the plot issues, the action sequences and movement are well-designed and convincing. However, there are some abilities that the film fails to establish, such as Inspector Luther's ability to withstand beatings from over 20 criminal prisoners without significant injuries.


Piccadilly : 

The Great Pursuit occurs in the heart of London at Piccadilly Square, where the detective and murderer, two extremes, meet. Just seconds before the criminal's arrest, the police and their weak boss arrive, ruining the scene and leading to a violent chase through London's streets, alleys, and secret places.

Although the director utilized the available spaces in the field effectively, the use of a drone during filming was minimal, almost nonexistent. However, the meaning behind the scene could have been enhanced by filming the two opponents from above, depicting them as small points in the vast sea of existence.

There is a genuine vendetta between the two parties chasing each other, as the killer was able to obtain documents that led to the conviction of "John Luther," resulting in his loss of job and freedom. These reasons are entirely convincing and sufficient for the industry. 

However, the author refused to solely connect the investigator to his promise to a teenage mother. She received what was left of her son's body after cremation, and the investigator informed her that her teenage son had led a secret life that ultimately led to his miserable fate.

In the end, the film "Luther: The Fallen Sun" reveals abstract truths that do not rely on idealistic claims. John Luther is kidnapped and placed in a private location to recover from his injuries. He then meets with a high-ranking police official to prepare for another adventure, leaving viewers hopeful for a more convincing storyline.