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Starring: Idris Elba, Cynthia Erivo, Andy Serkis, Dermot Crowley, Hattie Morahan, Lauryn Ajufo
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix crime drama directed by Jamie Payne which is the continuation of the TV series. In Luther: The Fallen Sun (2023) a gruesome serial killer is terrorizing London while brilliant but disgraced detective John Luther (Idris Elba) sits behind bars. Haunted by his failure to capture the cyber psychopath, who now taunts him, Luther decides to break out of prison to finish the job by any means necessary.
John Luther: [referring to Callum] This isn’t a case of wrong place at the wrong time, is it? Someone wanted him here.
Corinne Aldrich: I need you to promise me. I need you to promise me you’ll find Callum.
John Luther: Okay. I promise. I’ll bring your boy home. Okay?
David Robey: From what I hear, DCI Luther’s a bit of a bad apple. Trouble is, he’s a very analog bad apple. Doesn’t have what you might call an online presence, which is why I’m calling you. I want everything on him. Every furtive little secret, every intimate disgrace. I want his corruption. I want evidence of any misstep. Any wrongdoing. Any line he’s crossed. I want his shame.
Odette Raine: Earliest crime goes back eleven years. The most recent dates back to last year. So, where were the bodies stored in the interim? And who would have the kind of space, time, or money to do something like that? This has been carefully planned and executed over a number of years, so there’ll be a lot of data to parse. But you find me one point of commonality between these victims, just one, and you’ll have our killer.
David Robey: [to Luther, over radio] I looked you right in the eye because I was curious. I wanted to know if you’d see it in me. Because that is who you are, isn’t it? The man who knows all about people like me. But you didn’t see me. And now you are in a cage because I put you there. It makes me wonder how you’re going to feel, having to watch what happens next.
Newman: Someone’s here to see you.
John Luther: Who?
Newman: Barbra Streisand. F*** do I know?
Corinne Aldrich: [as she visits Luther in prison] You looked me in the eye and promised me. But it seems you were busy with more important things. I hope someone tells you what they did to my son. I hope you never sleep again.
John Luther: Why does he make an announcement right now? I’ll tell you why. Because something’s coming. And whatever it is, he needs an audience. That’s the kind of personality he is. He needs an audience.
Odette Raine: Read the room, John. Stop.
John Luther: He wants us to see it. Get ahead of him. Get ahead of him, and stop worrying about where he’s come from, but where he’s about to go next.
John Luther: It is still my case.
Odette Raine: No, it’s not. It’s mine. You abdicated yourself of that privilege when you did what you did. And, you know, honestly, I’m glad. I am glad that you’re ashamed. I’m glad that it hurts to be where you are, because it should.
John Luther: I’m still a copper.
Odette Raine: Ah, no. No, you’re not. Not anymore.
John Luther: I’m not asking you to f***ing marry me. I’m asking you to do me a job.
Dennis McCabe: It’s not the job I’ve a problem with. It’s who I’d be doing it for.
John Luther: Oh, for f***’s sake.
Dennis McCabe: Look, I didn’t trust you when you were the right side of the law. Why would I now?
John Luther: [to Newman] Me being in here, I know it makes your life very difficult. Make me someone else’s problem.
Newman: If it goes wrong, spins out of control, you’re a dead man. They’ll kill you, John.
John Luther: Alright, yeah. I can live with that. So let them come. Let them come.
Dennis McCabe: Christ on a scooter. These the wheels you bought from Fat Thommo Chitwood that time?
John Luther: Yeah. Five hundred quid and a bootleg David Bowie album. Blue vinyl. Never let me down though.
Dennis McCabe: Never will. If you look after it, which you haven’t.
'It doesn't matter who you are. We've all got something that you don't want anyone else to know about. Something that you're ashamed of.' - John Luther Click To Tweet
Dennis McCabe: Listen, Luther. When you take this p**ck to the ground, you do him grievous on my behalf, yeah? You do him damage.
Odette Raine: Luther’s out.
Archie Woodward: Luther’s what?
Odette Raine: Out.
Odette Raine: Detective Superintendent Schenk.
Martin Schenk: Just Martin. I’m retired. Well, they retired me.
Odette Raine: DCI Raine.
Martin Schenk: Ah. My replacement.
Martin Schenk: Look, I know he’s in prison, but if all you need is background, I don’t see an ethical conundrum.
Odette Raine: Except he’s not in prison.
Martin Schenk: Of course he’s not.
Odette Raine: You know him better than anyone. You know how he thinks. If John really is your friend, you’ll find him, stop him nosing at my investigation. But if John Luther shows his face, and refuses an order to stand down, which we both know he will, Tactical Unit will shoot him dead. So, Martin, I’m not asking you to catch him for me. We can do that. I’m asking you to save his life.
John Luther: You’re going to help me by telling me how this transmitter got here.
Derek Standish: I can’t.
John Luther: No? Okay. Right, well, this is the part where I do something horrible to you. Like perhaps, I don’t know, tattoo your f***ing eyeball.
Martin Schenk: I was wondering when you’d call.
John Luther: Yeah. I see you’re back in the shop then.
Martin Schenk: I’m consulting, yes. Helping them to catch you.
John Luther: Ah. Great work finding me.
John Luther: I got a number.
Martin Schenk: How?
John Luther: Doesn’t matter how, but the number won’t be good to you lot. Not yet.
Martin Schenk: They’re not my lot. Yes, and given the fact that it was obtained by an escaped criminal, I doubt there’ll be much of an argument for a warrant on the back of it.
John Luther: Twenty that I get him before you get me.
Martin Schenk: Make it fifty.
Odette Raine: Luther’s pulling us away from the case.
Martin Schenk: Look, the worst outcome is he’s arrested and locked up by teatime. The best outcome? He’s right and leads you directly to your killer.
Odette Raine: Except if I were Luther, I would assume that you and I were having this conversation.
Martin Schenk: Oh, he knows. Of course he knows. He just doesn’t care. All he wants is for this man to be caught and stopped.
'The fear of shame, the fear of being called out, the fear of being caught is way more powerful than the fear of death.' - John Luther Click To Tweet
Odette Raine: We’d have to go in heavy.
Martin Schenk: The heavier the better, I should imagine.
Odette Raine: I thought he was your friend.
Martin Schenk: He is. That doesn’t mean you should trust him though.
David Robey: [as he answers the call] Who is this?
John Luther: You know who it is.
John Luther: It’s over now. Alright. It’s over now.
David Robey: Yeah? Well, why would you say that? It’s just about to get started.
Jamal – Assault Squad: I’m sorry I hit you.
John Luther: You hit me. It’s alright because I’m a wanted man. Of course you can hit me.
David Robey: [referring to Luther] I thought the f***er was in prison.
Archie Woodward: Yeah, not anymore.
David Robey: How much of a problem is this going to be?
Archie Woodward: I don’t know. It’s been a big f***ing problem so far.
David Robey: So, look after it for me.
Odette Raine: What do you want, John?
John Luther: [referring to Jamal] How is he?
Odette Raine: He died, John. You just, you couldn’t bear not being in the center of things. And now a good man is dead.
John Luther: What do we know about the way he selects his victims? What do we know about that?
Martin Schenk: Sweet Fanny Adams.
John Luther: I mean, it doesn’t matter who you are. We’ve all got something that you don’t want anyone else to know about. Something that you’re ashamed of. It could be something, I don’t know, sexual. Could be financial. Could be criminal. Problem is these days people live their secret lives out on the internet. So I think he’s probably lurking, you know, fishing for secrets. And I bet he’s not going to them. No, he’s not stupid, is he? No. He knows he’ll get caught that way. So he’s using blackmail to make them come to him.
John Luther: I think he’s probably figured out that in the right circumstances, the fear of shame, the fear of being called out, the fear of being caught is way more powerful than the fear of death.
Odette Raine: Then there’s no way to get ahead of it. How do you catch someone who can get to anyone? He’s a parasite. He’s feeding off it.
John Luther: Corinne, I know this is really difficult. Okay? And I’m sorry for what I’m about to say. I think you know this man. I think he’s in your life.
Corinne Aldrich: He’s been in this house. He’s picked up these photographs. He’s touched them. Commiserated with me. Please tell me he’s not that cruel. John, please.
Odette Raine: So you agree to meet me at a place of my choosing. I want you cuffed in the back of my car. No tricks. No games. You can witness the arrest before I hand you in. This is an offer, a one-time offer, and it ends in five seconds.
John Luther: Can I trust you?
Odette Raine: I think we’re past that now, aren’t we?
John Luther: [referring to Robey] What has he got on you?
Odette Raine: My daughter.
John Luther: If you do this for him, you’ll never get her back. You must know that.
Odette Raine: I’ll tell you what I know. I’ll tell you what I know. I know that he never would have taken her if you hadn’t gotten involved.
John Luther: No. He would have done it anyway, as soon as you got close. He’d use her to control you, which is what he’s doing now.
John Luther: [to Odette, referring to Robey] He’ll love it knowing you could never admit what you’ve done. The shame of it.
Odette Raine: Okay, so if we do this, no one can know. Not, not Schenk, nobody. Because he’s got someone on the inside of this investigation.
John Luther: I know he does.
Odette Raine: How? How?
John Luther: I just know. I know him, okay?
John Luther: [referring to Robey] I think he wants the world to think he’s a nightmare that’s come true. That he’s a bad dream, and that he can touch anyone he wants anywhere he likes.
John Luther: Boss, I’m sorry, okay? I know that I’ve let you down, way too often.
Martin Schenk: It wasn’t me you let down. The tragedy is that you are a better man than you ever allowed yourself to be.
John Luther: Odette, are you ready for this?
Odette Raine: I’m doing it. I’m here.
John Luther: Yeah? Whatever comes next?
Odette Raine: Do you have kids?
John Luther: No.
Odette Raine: No, clearly not. Otherwise you wouldn’t have asked the question.
John Luther: Ouch.
Odette Raine: Sorry. That was unkind.
Odette Raine: You seem like such a decent man. I don’t understand why you did the things you did.
John Luther: Well, I couldn’t see any other way.
Odette Raine: To do what?
John Luther: What had to be done.
David Robey: We have a surprise opening act for you all, as tonight’s special guest is DCI… Well, no, actually he’s not DCI anymore. John Luther.
David Robey: Do you think I can help being what I am? Do you think any of us can?
John Luther: Mate, I couldn’t give a f***ing monkey’s.
David Robey: No. Of course you don’t.
David Robey: [to Luther] You have got no idea what it’s like to be born like us. To live your entire life not being able to express who you are for fear of people like you, policing us. But nobody needs to be alone anymore now, do they? Not even us, because we can create a place where we can all come together to express ourselves. And to be safe. To be safe from people like you.
John Luther: [referring to Luther] I would like you to stab him. Would you do that for me, Odette, please?
Anya Raine: Mum. Mum, don’t do it. Mum. Mum!
Odette Raine: I can’t do that. I can’t do that.
David Robey: [after Raine stabs Luther] You see, for all their cloying self-righteousness, the only difference between them and us is who we’re allowed to hurt, and under what circumstances. Now, how do they justify that to themselves? All the “good people”? By telling themselves that we’re the wicked ones. Yeah. All them monsters are telling you all, and me, that we are monsters.
John Luther: Everyone can see you, but they can’t see you like we can, David Robey. We know who you are and who you are ashamed of being.
John Luther: [to Robey] You’re an anxious man. Anxious, weak, pathetic man.
John Luther: [to Robey] I do actually remember you when you stood by me at a bus stop and offered me some Juicy Fruit. I remember that. I thought, “What a sweaty, anxious twat. What is wrong with him?”
Martin Schenk: [after Robey drowns] Evidently, I owe you twenty pounds.
John Luther: It’s fifty.
Martin Schenk: Ah, yes. I hoped you’d forgotten.
John Luther: No.
John Luther: So where am I?
Martin Schenk: Ah. Safe house. Evidently.
John Luther: Government?
Martin Schenk: Government.
John Luther: Who is this lot?
Martin Schenk: Not quite sure, to be honest. But I don’t think you’re going back to prison. A job offer, perhaps?
Tim Cranfield (Civil Servant): Unofficially, you did a commendable job.
John Luther: So now what?
Tim Cranfield (Civil Servant): Chief would like a word.