Money Heist, or La Casa de Papel which is it’s name in it’s original language of Spanish, is a Netflix phenomenon. It’s the streaming service’s most popular non-English language series.
When I first came across it I was sceptical as I don’t generally like watching programmes with voice dubbing, however, I quickly forgot about that and didn’t even notice it as I became so engrossed in the storyline.
Don’t worry, I wont give any spoilers away; I’ll just tell you the basis of the storyline.
The first series is based on a criminal mastermind called The Professor and his team of eight criminal geniuses. The robbers take on a disguise of red jump suits and Dali masks, and they each name themselves after international cities: Tokyo, Rio, Nairobi, Helsinki, Oslo, Denver, Moscow and Berlin. Their plan: a heist on The Royal Mint of Spain.
Once inside the Mint, they begin operations to print their own money for as long as they can manage to stay inside and hold off the police and their hostages. The Professor doesn’t enter the Mint with the others though – he plays his own part in the heist by manipulating the police on the outside of the Mint, from a hidden location.
That’s not where the story line ends. Their plans also have to hold out against the character’s own personal stories that grow and intertwine throughout the series.
Plans don’t always run smoothly … or do they? Do the apparent ‘bumps in the road’ actually form part of The Professor’s plans?
This series is full of everything you’d expect from a heist: action, intrigue, clever plans and twists. But it has more – it has characters we fall in love with. Yes that’s right, the criminal rogues are loveable characters and we begin to learn that maybe they aren’t the bad guys – maybe they’re actually doing what they are, with some good morals at heart.
Throughout the series the viewer is always wondering what will happen next and if the gang are going to manage to get away with their heist, or if they are going to get caught. You definitely don’t get bored watching this – the programmes are full of excitement.
There are now four series of Money Heist. As the series progress we are introduced to more characters and a new heist, but I’ll not get in to that in this post. That can perhaps be a post for another time.
Ultimately, I found Money Heist to be an enthralling, fabulous watch. Once I started watching I didn’t want to stop. I would thoroughly recommend these series to anyone.
Have you seen any of Money Heist? Let me know what you thought about it. If you haven’t seen it, are you tempted to watch it?