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The Last Enemy 

Britain has been transformed into a security state. A mathematical genius's search for the truth about his brother's death catapults him into a conspiracy and a love affair.
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Series cast summary:
Benedict Cumberbatch ...  Stephen Ezard 5 episodes, 2008
Anamaria Marinca ...  Yasim Anwar 5 episodes, 2008
Max Beesley ...  Michael Ezard 5 episodes, 2008
Robert Carlyle ...  David Russell 5 episodes, 2008
Eva Birthistle ...  Eleanor Brooke 5 episodes, 2008
Geraldine James ...  Barbara Turney 5 episodes, 2008
David Harewood ...  Patrick Nye 5 episodes, 2008
Alex Caan Alex Caan ...  Haman 5 episodes, 2008
Christopher Fulford ...  George Gibbon 4 episodes, 2008
Alina Serban ...  Nadir 4 episodes, 2008
Ovidiu Niculescu ...  Bepa 3 episodes, 2008
San Shella ...  Andrew Wilcox 3 episodes, 2008
Paul Higgins ...  Professor Lawrence Cooper 3 episodes, 2008
Emil Hostina ...  Vucevic 3 episodes, 2008
Rupert Procter Rupert Procter ...  Lane 3 episodes, 2008
David Calder ...  Lord Cawston 3 episodes, 2008
Inika Leigh Wright Inika Leigh Wright ...  Charlotte Nye 3 episodes, 2008
Tom Fisher ...  Andrew Batz 2 episodes, 2008
James Lance ...  Bryan Holland 2 episodes, 2008
Kieran O'Brien ...  Wafa 2 episodes, 2008
Chipo Chung ...  Lucy Fox 2 episodes, 2008
Nicholas Sidi ...  Professor John Moreton 2 episodes, 2008
Mircea Caraman Mircea Caraman ...  Dark Glasses 2 episodes, 2008
Nicola Stapleton ...  Caroline Scott 2 episodes, 2008
Radu Andrei Micu ...  Kroll 1 episode, 2008
Stephanie Britten Stephanie Britten ...  Nurse 1 episode, 2008
Jeremy Booth ...  Doctor 1 episode, 2008
Shiv Grewal Shiv Grewal ...  Azfal 1 episode, 2008
Robyn Isaac Robyn Isaac ...  Immigration Receptionist 1 episode, 2008
Noma Dumezweni ...  Valerie 1 episode, 2008
Daniel Williams Daniel Williams ...  Jack 1 episode, 2008
Grant Davis Grant Davis ...  Police Officer 1 episode, 2008
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Simon Lowe ...  Simon 1 episode, 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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5 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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Romania See more »

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The police cars appearing in the movies are a Honda Accord and the new Honda Civic, borrowed from the Romanian Hondafan club. The owners seemed to like the resulting police cars. See more »

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We have met the last enemy... and he is us
30 July 2012 | by CoastalCruiserSee all my reviews

I liked this mini-series. I wandered in looking for more of Benedict Cumberbatch's work after seeing his great performance in "Sherlock" (which I give 5 stars). This multi-episode story held my attention throughout, and Cumberbatch played well a genius astounded at what was unfolding around him. You can't look away from the screen though because they don't dumb it down for you. One must pay attention. Sure, there are definitely some holes in the fabric the filmmakers weave, and some thin spots you could easily rip wide open... but I am going thumbs up on the drama as a whole. I cared about the characters and what their ultimate fate would be.

Of far more importance however then the drama itself is the obtuse message delivered by the producers. We are on the verge of losing what remains of our personal liberty. The England painted by the film makers is not some maybe, kind of, far off 'Mad Max' could-be dystopian future. It is more of a 'Max Headroom' world that is looming up all around us. The world of The Last Enemy is just around the corner. In fact, we are at least half way around that corner. Much of the suggested technology appears to be here already (and micro-biologists ARE dying at an unusually high rate).

Many well-intended people --such as portrayed in 'The Last Enemy"-- think strong controls on the populace is a logical means of preventing terrorism and related crimes. History does not bear that philosophy out however. You can't gain freedom by removing freedom. Given the current state of the evolution of human consciousness, powers given to the Government are used. At first. Then they are mis-used. Then they are ab-used. Every single time. Treatments such as 'The Last Enemy' help point out the futility of 1984 style controls placed on the populace. Our best way out of the dilemma the world faces is instead through individuals raising their own consciousness. We MUST evolve or freedom WILL die.

btw - A title I can think of that might interest those who liked this film is the British political mini-series 'The Amazing Mrs Pritchard'. For those wanting to learn more regarding the themes presented in 'The Last Enemy' have an abundance of choices in video. Two that come to mind are the black dystopian comedy from Terry Gilliam 'Brazil', and the documentary 'Ayn Rand & the Philosophy of Atlas Shrugged'.


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