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Part conspiracy thriller, part comic horror, Steven Moffat's extraordinary retelling of this Robert Louis Stevenson classic takes the ultimate tale of inner conflict to unforgettable new heights. It is 2007 and there's a new Dr. Jekyll with an old problem - Mr. Hyde. But the pair have a deal - a body share - and an impossible life is somehow lived. With all the resources of modern technology, and the best surveillance hardware, Jekyll is determined to keep his dangerous alter ego in check by doing a deal with his own devil. What neither of them know is that an ancient organization with limitless wealth and power is monitoring their every move, and a plan over a century in the making is coming to fruition. The return of Dr Jekyll is no accident...]]>
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Rather than rehashing all the old films that came before, Moffat took the "What if..." route--what if there was a Jekyll/Hyde combo running about *today?* His answer is a stylish, intelligent, scary, wickedly funny, and just plain wicked storytelling at its best.
The script is lean and mean, every line has a purpose, and one is not just invited, but compelled to try to anticipate what's going to happen next. This is suspense in its purest form, and there is always a solid payoff.
Certain tastes, raised on fizzy diet soft drinks, are not going to react well to their first pint of Guinness. As a writer myself, I am blown away by Moffat's handling of the material.
We are not presented with the same old "don't mess with this stuff" cautionary tale so much as invited along to truly see the world through Hyde's eyes. He's a fun fellow, honestly puzzled by some things and the absolute master of others. He is able to hone life down to its basics and enjoy himself and his carnal nature, yet Nesbitt makes this humorous as well as frightening. This is the true definition of horror in that we are repelled but at the same time attracted.
Did I mention intelligent scripting? That also goes for the direction, production, and a very well-picked supporting cast, able to keep up with the perfectly chosen Nesbitt.
His Jekyll (Dr. Jackman) is as solid and interesting as his devilish Hyde. So far as this fan of classic horror is concerned he now owns the character, and someone dang-well better give him some kind of an award for his outstanding work. It can't have been easy, yet he makes it look so. Wow.Read more ›
Hyde, at one point, saves Dr. Jackman's (Jekyll) children when one of them is put in a lion's cage in a zoo. He claims he only did it to kill a lion. Later when Hyde is ranting 'They're not my family they're HIS family' someone threatens Jackman's wife and Hyde asks 'Are you threatening my family?' and when the man says yes Hyde promptly slits his throat. You don't know if you should be repulsed or pity this child-like sadist.
Hyde has a warped sense of humour, listening to Disney show tunes and at one point singing The Lion Sleeps tonight after slaughtering a lion in a zoo. It's dark. It's funny. It's suspenseful.
Now, I don't usually like Jekyll and Hyde stories but this is the best version I have ever seen and James Nesbitt (Jackman and Hyde) does the best duel roles I have ever seen where you really almost think they really are two different men even though the physical changes are subtle compared to most Jekyll and Hyde transformations.
I love this. I'm hooked.
And James Nesbitt is amazing as Tom Jackman, the modern-day descendant of Dr. Jekyll, who suffers from the same malady.
In addition, the script is clever and witty, darkly humorous, but most of the time not so much that it detracts from the suspense and tension which is the show's chief mood. The script also puts some intriguing twists on Robert Louis Stevenson's original story while still retaining its main themes and tensions. In fact, Jekyll was well on its way to becoming one of the best TV programs I've ever seen until the last couple of episodes. No spoilers here, but I was disappointed with some moments in episode 5, which got a bit slap-sticky and a bit full of itself, and I did not like how the series as a whole ended in episode 6. The concluding moments and explanations made no sense, not even within the show's own sci-fi logic, and the very last moment was over the top in a cheap horror movie sort of way. These are serious miscalculations which bring the whole series down a notch from 5 stars to 4.
Nonetheless, fans of BBC shows, clever writing, sci-fi, and/or sensational acting will not want to miss it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm so glad I found this DVD. Saw the series on BBC and love the series.Published 2 months ago by Jody Red
Greatest movie of Dr.jackle n Mr.hyde starring james nebit that has been ever made wished it was another part of it sad it was over loved loved the movie a must... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
SO ICREDIBLY CREEPY AND GREAT! JAMES NESBITT IS MASTERFUL AS BOTH JEKYLL AND HYDE! Will keep you glued!Published 5 months ago by L. Epps
This show is absolutely amazing. It's a few years old, but it is so so well made and the plot is so captivating. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mel
James Nesbitt does a wonderful job of making you forget that he's playing two roles. He makes Hyde seem like a totally different person from Jekyll. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Annie from Queens
Love James Nesbitt, but the show did not work for me. Lost interest at 20 minutes into episode one. I found it to be boring, repetitive, and nothing in the story line to hold my... Read morePublished 11 months ago by DebC
GREAT SERIES....Stick with it for the long haul and you wont be disappointed...if you are go play with a toaster in the bathtub. plugged inPublished 12 months ago by general lex loogie
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It was a 6 episode series, written with a beginning, middle, and end. There were no specific plans for additional seasons, that's not to say they didn't leave it open should the BBC decide to bring it back
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