The show thrives when the gang is fighting among themselves. The inner conflict, the initiation of chaos to prove who is a better leader is very engaging and unique and this has always been the strength of the show.
Cast: Ursula Corbero, Alvaro Morte, Itziar Ituno, Miguel Herran,Jaime Lorente, Esther
Acebo,Darko Peric, Alba Flores, Rodrigo De La Serna.
Created by: Alex Pina
Money Heist Part 4 is gripping, fast-paced, stressful and even portrays the usually sidelined trauma of individual characters with authenticity. But the show forgets to put any time constraints as Bank of Spain heist will still continue in later parts.
The show starts from exactly where it ended in part 3, the red-hoodie gang is trying to save Nairobi and are also facing inner conflicts about who deserves to be the leader of the heist. Everyone points a gun at each other, the group is divided as to who supports Tokyo and who supports Palmero. The show thrives when the gang is fighting among themselves. The inner conflict, the initiation of chaos to prove who is a better leader is very engaging and unique and this has always been the strength of the show. Palmero tries to start chaos by helping Gandia in breaking out from his cuffs, Gandia (Jose Manuel Poga) is the chief of the security of the governor. A cat and mouse chase begin between the gang and Gandia. Meanwhile, Professor is still trying to get his shit together because he thinks that Lisbon is executed but he finally realizes that she isn’t.
I had a complaint with Part 3 that the show tried to fill the gap between the conversations with a political or social commentary which hampered the pace of the show in some aspects but in Part 4 but in Part 4, this point is actually taken care of and nothing disrupts the pace of the show anymore. The show even gets mature now as it shows how Rio is dealing with PTSD after coming from a place where he was terribly tortured. The Professor is also filled with stress, pain and is unable to think for a while. There is also a conflict between Denver and Stockholm but that looks unnecessary at some places. But this heist is a war now it doesn’t have any time limit like the previous one and thus the lack of urgency is very rarely felt as it did with the previous heist. I wanted the heist of Bank Of Spain to be completed within this season. The show eventually feels a bit stretched at places and if this war doesn’t end in the next part, it will certainly feel like a complete drag.
Palmero’s character is brilliantly written and is amazingly played by Rodrigo De La Serna. He looked like a perfect villain in the initial episodes of the season. Najwa Nimri as Alicia continues to be unique and bold, she is the only that can defeat Professor somehow. The visuals of Bank and of Spain were quite captivating, some of the episode sequences like “ 5 minutes earlier” was very brilliantly depicted. The cast, as usual, gave stellar performances. The background score, especially the song “Delicate” by Damien Rice felt amazing and very suitable in the situation.
Overall, Money Heist Part 4 is intense, mature, very moving but doesn’t know when to stop. As there is a line in its title song “Lost my time, my life is going on.” I don’t want this war to go on and lose its essence.
FINAL VERDICT - 3.5 / 5
Deserves a watch but lacks the thrill of urgency.