The Last Enemy (2008)

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Researcher Dr. Stephen Ezard returns home to the UK after the reported death of his brother, Michael Ezard, only to find that his widow, Yasim Anwar, is harboring a wanted yet deathly ill ... See full summary »

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 Stephen Ezard (5 episodes, 2008)
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 Yasim Anwar (5 episodes, 2008)
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 Michael Ezard (5 episodes, 2008)
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 David Russell (5 episodes, 2008)
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 Eleanor Brooke (5 episodes, 2008)
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 Barbara Turney (5 episodes, 2008)
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 Patrick Nye (5 episodes, 2008)
Alex Caan ...
 Haman (5 episodes, 2008)
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 George Gibbon (4 episodes, 2008)
Alina Ioana Serban ...
 Nadir (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Bepa (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Andrew Wilcox (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Professor Lawrence Cooper (3 episodes, 2008)
Emil Hostina ...
 Vucevic (3 episodes, 2008)
Rupert Procter ...
 Lane (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Lord Cawston (3 episodes, 2008)
Inika Leigh Wright ...
 Charlotte Nye (3 episodes, 2008)
Tom Fisher ...
 Andrew Batz (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Bryan Holland (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Wafa (2 episodes, 2008)
Claudiu Istodor ...
 Hotel Porter (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Lucy Fox (2 episodes, 2008)
Nicholas Sidi ...
 Professor John Moreton (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Dark Glasses (2 episodes, 2008)
Nicola Stapleton ...
 Caroline Scott (2 episodes, 2008)
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Researcher Dr. Stephen Ezard returns home to the UK after the reported death of his brother, Michael Ezard, only to find that his widow, Yasim Anwar, is harboring a wanted yet deathly ill illegal immigrant. Yasim, on the rebound from her husband's death, becomes very intimate with Stephen. But after the death of Yasim's immigrant friend, she disappears with the body, leaving more questions than answers. Stephen is then hired as a consultant and promoter of a new computer system, T.I.A. (Total Information Awareness). Using his expert computer skills, he secretly tracks down Yasim, unaware that he is a pawn in a government conspiracy. Written by enzechen357

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great and timely premise, ultimately not well done
15 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really hate giving anything with Benedict Cumberbatch in it a 6, but this time I have to.

"The Last Enemy" has a brilliant premise that practically has happened

  • total information about everyone at all times in the UK. A
mathematician, Stephen Ezard (Cumberbatch), who has been working ivory tower style in China, returns to England for his brother's funeral. There, he meets his brother's widow Yasim (the gamine Anamaria Marinca). In her unhappiness and loneliness, she reaches out to Stephen (it's Cumberbatch, who could resist) and he falls madly in love with her.

Stephen's ex-girlfriend works for the government and recommends him to help with a new information system, TIA (Total Information Awareness), the ultimate information gatherer. With the job comes the promise of funding his work. Stephen uses his access to TIA to investigate what happened to his brother.

Okay, that's sort of plot one. Plot two is a virus that's killing people in the middle east. It is impossible to discover the etiology of the virus because a) the bodies are destroyed immediately so no one can get a blood sample; and b) bioscientists are suddenly dying left and right.

My major problem with this series is that the writer waited too long to meld these two plots. The other problem for me was Robert Carlyle, an excellent actor, but was he a good guy or a bad guy? I'm embarrassed to say I never figured it out.

Otherwise, the story is chilling because it's becoming true. And the performances - Cumberbatch is perfection as a man forced into reality and absolutely terrified. I don't think I've ever seen a male character in anything act this frightened, but it is right on. He had great chemistry with Marinca, who did a fine job as well.

Definitely worth seeing, though your attention may drift from time to time. This could have been a fantastic miniseries if it had been put together just a little better. Very thought-provoking nonetheless.


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