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IDENTITY (2011)

Aidan Gillen , Keeley Hawes  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Aidan Gillen, Keeley Hawes, Holly Aird, Elyes Gabel, Shaun Parkes
  • Writers: Ed Whitmore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 279 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MYOXE4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "IDENTITY" on IMDb

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Text interviews with the cast
Cast filmographies
SDH subtitles

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"Superlative. Watch it." --The Observer (U.K.)

"Stylish, gripping, and well acted" --The Sun (U.K.)

All it takes is some basic info--and you could be next.

Uncovering the dark side of reinvention, Identity follows an elite police unit tracking identity thieves and their unwitting victims. DSI Martha Lawson (Keeley Hawes, Ashes to Ashes, MI-5) assembles a crack team of investigators, betting her reputation on their results. Cavalier DI John Bloom (Aidan Gillen, The Wire) has undercover experience and knows exactly what it’s like to live a lie. Ambitious DS Anthony Wareing (Shaun Parkes, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) clashes with Bloom about his questionable past and even more questionable methods. Rounding out the group are cocksure DC José Rodriguez (Elyes Gabel, Casualty) and IT expert Tessa Stein (Holly Aird, Waking the Dead).

The cases reveal the many reasons for adopting a new persona, from simple greed to far more sinister motives. Solid detective work and high-tech investigative tools unmask the criminals but discord within the team may derail the operation.

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Detective Superintendent Martha Lawson (MI-5's Keeley Hawes) runs London's Identity Unit in this ITV series, but the true star is new Irish-born hire John Bloom (The Wire's Aidan Gillen), a former undercover cop. He joins Tessa (Holly Aird), José (Elyes Gabel), and Anthony (Shaun Parkes, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries). Their target: identity thieves. As opposed to the others, Bloom lacks Lawson's tact, but like Homicide's Frank Pembleton, he can always tell when a suspect's lying and he can get anyone to confess--though he definitely goes too far when he stabs a man in the leg to get his daughter to spill her secrets.

In their first case, the team hunts for a culprit who steals identities to punish moral failings rather than to make money. This sets the template for stories involving desperate mothers, heartless businessmen, and a Patty Hearst-like fugitive. As the episodes unfurl, it transpires that Bloom hasn't given up his cover as Brendan Shea, bagman for the Turkish mob, and continues to see a woman (Agni Scott) caught up in that world; she knows nothing about his day job. If Lawson has his back, Anthony doesn't trust him, and with good reason, since Bloom's double life threatens everyone. Even Lawson's superior has doubts, but as he says, "Results are what count."

Identity is well worth a look for fans of the genre and the cast, especially Gillen and Hawes (despite some of her oddly matronly outfits). If it feels somewhat familiar, a James Bond-like finale--in which the mob kidnaps a member of the IDU--concludes this six-episode set in fine style. Producer Ed Whitmore, who worked with Hawes on Ashes to Ashes, has since created a version for ABC starring Angela Bassett and Colin O'Donoghue. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever series and great cast December 11, 2011
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I more or less bought this because I am a fan of Keeley Hawes, however, the real scene stealer is Aidan Gillen, who is great as the slightly dubious but very likable John Bloom. The casting is well done and the stories good entertainment(if somewhat far fetched, I hope). Overall, I was very pleased, though apparently not everyone felt that way, as it did not get a second series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not enough information July 10, 2011
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Identity was well acted, but there wasn't enough character development for me to understand some of the actions of the characters. Why was the female head of the squad so determined to give the new guy every possible chance, and so indifferent to the opinions of her right hand man? The ex-undercover cop didn't have the charisma to make her choices obvious. She didn't come across as a strong enough personality to have fought for and won the new squad. She acted well what she was given, but she should have been given more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Identity wrong has criminals and victims as other crime. IDENTITY series has serious crime taken seriously by a special London force. DSI Martha Lawson (Keeley Hawes-`Upstairs Downstairs' `MI-5') leads the Identity Unit (IDU) with needed toughness, but a softness making allowance for a unit newcomer. DI John Bloom (Aidan Gillen-`Lorna Doone') just finished years as undercover cop Brendan Shea, but that information is not acknowledged to the IDU group. He seems to struggle with a slower-pace life. There is an ongoing plot connecting Bloom to his secret past, and she is Adile (Agni Scott-`Opa!') Turkish lover and a continuing connection to the Turk Mafia.

A crack team consists of a convincing supporting cast: Tessa (Holly Aird-`Affairs of the Heart') as the beautiful tech geek; DC Jose (Elyes Gabel-"Casualty'); and DS Anthony (Shaun Parkes-"Inspector Lyndley') who questions Bloom's IDU loyalty. It is an interesting cop show twist where first names are used predominantly. Latest technology is shown leading the investigations, a different case for each episode. There is character relationship plot that carries on from episode 1 through to the end. The final 6th episode is an eruption of these private relationship conflicts.

The writing is superb with some clever dialogue lines. Even quite humorous one-liners in the middle of suspenseful action. They blind-side you. The rest is intensely gripping mystery, with plenty of action, and verging often on the thriller realm. As a result there is a box warning of violence and graphic images, but it is not nearly as bloody and violent as many other top British Crime Mystery shows. I am amazed at how fast this TV series has hit the DVD market. And the end is left wide-open for another season. Will there be one?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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All that I can say about this superb British series is, WOW!! This series "Identity:"in 6 episodes on 2 discs with each episode running about an hour each is superbly directed and acted and is some very entertaining TV with very fascinating scripts. This series "tackles" the very current crime of Identity Theft. A special Scotland Yard unit has been formed by Detective Martha Lawson (acted wonderfully by Keeley Hawes who acted in "Wives and Daughters" and the2010 version of "Upstairs Downstairs") to track down some thieves of identity and in some cases also to tract their victims to find out the real reasons why the identity was stolen--was it for jealousy, lust, revenge, to punish infidelity or to hide another crime? She has assembled a"cracker" team that will stop at nothing and use any means possible to find out the real reason(s) behind the Identity theft. The real hard hitting full of "gusto" detective with a past is Detective John Bloom (fabulously played by Aidan Gillen, stared in the British version of "Queer as Folk") will stop at nothing, much to the abhorrence of the other members of the team, to find the answer to the heinous crime.

I really enjoyed this series and really look forward to future releases
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Identity lacking November 4, 2011
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This British cop series ran for 6 episodes in 2010 and was then shelved. It should have been much better than it was. It did not suffer from a bad concept, but from terrible plots, lousy scripts, bad acting, and utter lack of suspense. It seems that an American TV station bought the rights; it may easily do better with the concept.

The concept: New Scotland Yard has established a special unit to address crimes involving identity theft. As it turns out, the term is able to be stretched widely.
The six episodes cover such diverse subjects as: a computer nerd robbing and ruining people; a young woman killing a rich friend and taking her place; an Indian billionaire in a shady deal with British government subsidies- is he who he claims he is?; unknown victims in a mass grave; a former terrorist bank robber turned suburban housewife; a shady cop with different identities.

The unit's star performer is a former long term undercover cop who can't get rid of his past, which tends to overlap with his new job. For a while he creeps through the episodes as an Irish money launderer for the Turkish mafia and also as an English cop. There would have been potential in this. His affair with the mafia princess also misses its potential.
The unit chief is a supposedly ambitious career woman who has an emotional softness for her embattled star underling. She is one of the main burdens of the series: a totally implausible character and very badly acted. The other team members are not much more than filling material, hardly credible individuals.
This could have been done so much better.
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