'Money Heist' aka 'La Casa de Papel' Season 2 Part 4 Review: Game of sinful desires gets dangerously clever
Part four of 'Money Heist' aka 'La Casa de Papel' sneaks its head up like heist drama but slowly stabs you with sharp-witted slices of love, betrayal, and brotherhood
No spoilers for 'Money Heist' aka 'La Casa de Papel' Season 2 Part 4
“In the end, love is a good reason for everything to fall apart.” If you've raced through the first three parts of 'Money Heist', Tokyo, the narrator's words, will sting like a needle in your heart. But, it is these words that cut the Spanish crime-drama to the bone.
Disguised in Spanish painter Salvador Dalí's masks, the con men are back to paint the town red. Like a camouflaged chameleon, part four of 'Money Heist' sneaks its head up like heist drama but slowly stabs you with sharp-witted slices of love, betrayal, and brotherhood. Originally known as 'La Casa de Papel' or 'The House of Paper', the Netflix series starts with pulsating tension and suspenseful plot twists.
Like always, the narration hits your heart, especially the words, “Everyone has a sniper aiming at their heart. But true terror isn't even the bullet hits you, it's when it takes your true love.” Sadly, we cannot tell you whose love is taken, but all we can say is that the Professor is drowning in his own grief and with him, his entire troop is sinking. The horrors come back to haunt you and it soon turns into a fiery game of sinful desires and ceasefires.
Created by Álex Pina, the best thing about the show is how it doesn't let you blink your eyes even for a split second. Every moment makes you wrack your brain and ponder: How did the battle of power and money turn into a game of life and death? Coded as city names, the group members now have an insurmountable rivalry brewing and that only seems to make way towards doom.
As you try to put the missing puzzle pieces in order, some questions that will run in your head are: Will Nairobi live to see another day? Will Tokyo and Rio ever come back together? And will the Professor lose his mind trying to find the love of his life? Is Berlin really alive? Aren't all these storylines sprinkled with a strong sense of love, longing, and loss? The series sketches out the core of human relations in a complex tale of treachery and treason.
The heartwarming flashbacks add more depth to the deceptive tale and badass female characters only take it one notch higher. Not one, you need to follow the trail of several characters at once and that's what brings all the fun in the game. Like the last three parts, the cast sets the show on fire with their brilliant performances.
Álvaro Morte (El Professor) is still the mastermind and dazzles with his balanced act on screen, but the scenes where he loses his grip can make you tremulous. Shrewd and manipulative, Úrsula Corberó as Tokyo is simply impressive like always. The mind games of Itziar Ituño (Raquel Murillo) and Najwa Nimri (Alicia Sierra) will keep you hooked. Pouring panache in every frame, the other actors too bring their A-game and never let the show miss a beat.
With a cluster of dark and light landscapes, the cinematography will fill you with splendor and the terrific dialogues will keep you on the edge of your seat. A melting pot of emotion and action, it emerges as the television version of a page-turner.
A score of four out of five stars makes 'Money Heist' the ultimate savior in these times of lockdown. Tune into Netflix this weekend to binge-watch this smart, sassy and shrewd season in one go.