Luther: The Fallen Sun – Movie Review

Idris Elba returns as Luther in the Netflix film.

In Luther: The Fallen Sun, Idris Elba returns as John Luther, a disgraced detective. The feature film is a continuation of the award-winning television saga reimagined. The film also stars Cynthia Erivo, Andy Serkis, and Dermot Crowley. It is now playing in theaters and will premiere on Netflix on Netflix on March 10th, 2023.


A gruesome serial killer terrorizes London while brilliant but disgraced detective John Luther (Elba) sits behind bars. Haunted by his failure to capture the cyber psychopath who now taunts him, he decides to break out of prison to finish the job by any means necessary.

I have never seen an episode of Luther, so I am unsure how much I picked up on other than the scattered plot presented on the big screen. However, Elba once again plays a fabulous lead. He continues to prove that he can carry a film on his own. Andy Serkis is unhinged as the villain that keeps toying with Luther. He knows how to show savagery elegantly, but his character was easier to take seriously with a better motive and a more realistic hairpiece. I had no idea how gritty the world of Luther was, and I was impressed with the amount of violence and bloodshed offered.

Cynthia Erivo also stars in this movie, but her character is just a headache as the new Detective Superintendent. Her priority is to take down Luther over the psychopath running around, making you question her ability to get the job done. Her character’s mistakes just make the movie have a longer runtime than it needs. At 2 hours and 9 minutes, you start to feel the drag during the final act.


I give Luther: The Fallen Sun 3 out of 5 stars. It is hard to sit through it all in one viewing, but I can see this doing well on Netflix, where you can pause and take a break when necessary. Read more Reviews on Nerdtropolis and Subscribe to our YouTube.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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