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The Prisoner (Mini-Series) (2009) [Import]
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"Assimilate or die." No, it's not high school, it's the Village, a seemingly postcard-perfect community where everybody knows your number. The newest arrival in the Village has no idea how he got there. He only knows that he wants out. Only there is no out. With only flickering flashes of his former life in New York ("There is no New York," he is ominously informed), he is determined to escape. The very idea of a Prisoner remake may be sacrilege to those still enthralled by the ever-elusive what's-it-all-about 1969 cult classic, but the nightmarish Kafka-esque conflict at the core of this "reinterpretation" still packs a paranoid punch. Jim Caviezel stars as 6, who is engaged in a battle of wills with the sinister No. 2 (Sir Ian McKellan), who is trying to, what, break him? Obtain information? Those devoted to the original will appreciate some clever homages: the Lava Lamps in one apartment, the Rover, the iconic white balloon that foils any attempts at escape, and the signature catch phrases "Be seeing you" and the defiant "I am not a number, I am a free man." The original Prisoner was star and cocreator Patrick McGoohan's pet project. Caviezel does not capture his passion or gravitas. McKellan's 2 is the more fascinating figure. This version gives him a son, 11-12 (an unnerving Jamie Campbell Bower), in whom 6's plight plants seeds of doubt about the Village. Among the captivating special features is the Comic-Con panel with writer Bill Gallagher and cast members who pay respectful lip service to the original and to the majesty of McKellan. But there is a great moment when Gallagher recalls his phone call to McGoohan (who passed away before the production commenced) seeking his blessing on the project. McGoohan offered an intriguing casting suggestion of who should play No. 2. This Prisoner may not be as buzz-worthy as the original, which was truly a one-of-a-kind creation, but it stands on its own as an expertly played mind game. --Donald LiebensonSee all Product Description
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I would recommend it to anyone with or without the original series.
original premise to new heights. The hero works his way through many mysterious and spooky situations , only to find
that ( as in the original series ) he is at the centre of the whole thing. This is a must see for followers of the original series.
If you don't know of , or never saw the original series you should. It was ground breaking , leading edge TV that
created University and College courses to try to understand it , and in my estimation , is the greatest series of all time!
( It even had one episode , " Living in Harmony " , which was considered to be too controversial at the time to be aired
in the U.S.A. because the Vietnam war was dividing America , and the episode involved "pacifism". )
See them all!!
The character development could have been better and more refined but, again, that takes time and is often sacrificed in many miniseries. It was, however, adequate to get the point accross. In short, I liked it and it is worth seeing; but it could have been much better.
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A deception if you compare with the great original serie from the 60's. Not bad, original but I don't recommand it. Go for the original.Published 4 months ago by Robin Arguin
my friend loves these old tv shows ... many will not remember them ... they are quite campy ... ha haPublished on Dec 21 2012 by Gregory A. Boshaw
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