An ideal plan with imperfect execution. A bigger-than-life heist with devil-in-the-details screenplay. Flawless writing with flawed characters. The Spanish Netflix (blockbuster, let’s say?) sequence, Cash Heist (La casa de papel) is about contrasts locking horns with commonalities, patterns embracing dysfunction, silence tuning into chaos that clangs right into a crescendo of Bella Ciao.
So, what makes this as soon as big-time flop to develop into the most-watched non-English language sequence and one of many most-watched sequence on Netflix? Is it the writing, course, appearing? Effectively, all of them mixed in fact. However there’s one unmistakable side of Cash Heist that makes it particular – The characters.
To start with, the character of Sergio Marquina/Salva aka Professor, performed to perfection by Álvaro Morte isn’t your common ‘hero’ with an ideal plan and mouthing good one-liners with swag. For him, the heist isn’t nearly cash, however a manifestation of his ideas and a tribute to his father.
An idealist to the core, Professor isn’t infallible (He makes errors too, and quite a lot of them to be exact), isn’t centered (he usually goes astray, a lot to the chagrin of his robbers in addition to the viewers) or isn’t a dictator (he seldom loses his thoughts even when he’s abused by his ilk), however he instructions respect from his robbers as a result of he’s supremely clever, empathetic and most significantly, he’s a human and never a hero.
Professor’s workforce has full religion in him and confessedly, even the viewers. Wait, why carry the viewers in all places? That is as a result of Cash Heist is as a lot concerning the viewers, as it’s concerning the robbers or lets name them ‘college students’ henceforth? Thanks, sounds higher now. One can write reams and reams on simply the Professor, however then it might be fairly a spoiler, so let’s transfer on to the scholars.
The primary pupil that lingers in your thoughts is Úrsula Corberó as Silene Oliveira aka Tokyo. If there’s anybody who’s essentially the most heroic in Cash Heist, it needs to be Tokyo, no second ideas about it. Her whistle-worthy second is the one within the second season the place she rides a motorcycle and jumps into the Royal Mint of Spain – a scene that may simply give all of the Uma Thurmans and Angelina Jolies of the world a run for his or her cash. Yup, it’s that good and this isn’t an exaggeration.
This second offers you an adrenaline rush even while you’re within the sofa potato mode throughout these instances of quarantine. Tokyo is the narrator of Cash Heist and she or he takes you thru the thoughts area of all of the characters so she means loads to you as viewers, identical to Sanjay for Dhritrashtra in BR Chopra’s Mahabharat. Oops, pardon the digression – Blame it on the re-runs of Ramayan and Mahabharat on Doordarshan India. Tokyo isn’t nearly motion and resilience, however can be concerning the uncooked love that she has for Aníbal Cortés aka Rio (Miguel Herrán, a younger hacker who is an ideal depiction of vulnerability) and fierce loyalty. No, wait. In the case of fierce loyalty, it needs to be Berlin.
Pedro Alonso aces and wins your coronary heart as Andrés de Fonollosa aka Berlin, a terminally ailing jewel thief in addition to second-in-command to his college students. At first look, Berlin comes throughout as fully bereft of feelings or empathy. You hate him (No, wait – There’s Enrique Arce as Arturo Román, one of many hostages whom you’d detest like none different, afterward that), however ultimately you begin wanting as much as him, usually questioning that you simply like him greater than the Professor. Effectively, it’s a dilemma we would go away you to take pleasure in, if in case you haven’t watched but (What on earth are you doing throughout this lockdown?).
Staring dying straight into its eyes, Berlin has found out life like Buddha. He’s the chosen one among the many heist workforce. He’s like your boss’ pet who bosses round in his absence but isn’t subservient in entrance of the boss too. Informed you, these characters aren’t these stereotypes you’ve been fed upon since ages. Not like Sergio i.e. Professor who is commonly not sure and a tad pessimist, Berlin is the enlightened one, uttering gems of deep philosophies of life with the restraint of a Zen and generosity of Rama (these Ramayan re-runs, I let you know!). Berlin can be hopelessly romantic, yup you learn that proper. He’s the sort of romantic who goals of rosy paths that even essentially the most romantic flick hero gained’t ever dare to tread upon. He’s all hearts. Effectively, not likely. It’s Nairobi who deserves such title.
Alba Flores as Ágata Jiménez aka Nairobi is top-rate and is the one who has been entrusted the duty of printing foreign money notes within the Royal Mint of Spain. Having a nasty day at workplace (Okay, work-from-home workplace) or broke up along with your beloved? (Over video name or worse nonetheless, textual content message). Simply press that ahead button in your distant and cease at Alba Flores within the body. Nairobi could have you all coated along with her affable manner and an embrace heat sufficient to make your face aglow with hope. In truth, Nairobi is hope personified and that’s exactly the explanation why it’s essential see her survive the heist, together with everybody. Don’t be shocked for those who discover your fingers crossed whereas viewing a key scene and a sudden gasp for breath within the fourth season.
Paco Tous as Agustín Ramos aka Moscow is the daddy determine of this workforce. A former miner turned prison who is aware of his place on the earth and doesn’t hesitate to remind his son Daniel ably performed by Jaime Lorente, his place when it’s essential. Darko Perić as Helsinki is the ‘Teddy Bear’ of the lot who is maybe among the best onscreen portrayal of homosexual character alongside along with his ‘nearly twin’ cousin, Roberto Garcia as Oslo, tug at your heartstrings with their bonding.
Esther Acebo as Mónica Gaztambide aka Stockholm, one of many hostages who’s Arturo Román’s secretary and mistress, pregnant with a toddler out of wedlock has her moments to shine. Arturo, as talked about earlier, is a personality you’d detest from the underside of your coronary heart. In truth, you’d detest him and are positive to attract an analogy with the individual you discover most annoying in your life. Kudos to the actor Enrique Arce, who makes you hate him a lot, together with Najwa Nimri as Alicia Sierra, the pregnant inspector of the Nationwide Police Corps. Sierra is a villain as savage because the proverbial Thanos, I child you not.
Talking of feminine cops, Itziar Ituño as Raquel Murillo aka Lisbon is a personality you’d fall in love with, identical to the Professor. A lady coming to phrases with divorce whereas her ex-husband is relationship her sister and is on the verge of dropping a custodial battle for her daughter, Raquel’s life is as tousled on all fronts. It’s within the Professor’s arms that she finds solace and even the professor loves her to the moon and again. Professor and Raquel, with their immaculate performances, make their love plausible. Heck, even their lovemaking scenes come throughout as poetry of feelings. It’s an unattainable love story that makes Romeo and Juliet appear much more optimistic.
The music by Manel Santisteban and Iván Martínez Lacámara have already develop into part of each Cash Heist fan’s playlist and the a number of renditions of Bella Ciao on social media platforms and the Dali masks (A tribute to the Spanish Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí) makes it apparent that Cash Heist is a contemporary cult to a fault. Migue Amoedo shoots the movie adroitly and the workforce of editors, i.e. David Pelegrín, Luis Miguel González Bedmar, Verónica Callón, Raúl Mora, Regino Hernández, Raquel Marraco and Patricia Rubio construct a gripping narrative with the dexterity of a maestro. Author Álex Pina and Director Jesús Colmenar deserve a bow for creating characters that compel tens of millions throughout the globe to root for the robbers oops, college students and their professor. On a parting notice, for each viewer of Cash Heist, phrases like Professor and metropolis names like Tokyo, Nairobi, Rio, Denver, Moscow, Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm, Lisbon and Berlin won’t ever be the identical. Bon voyage, for it’s a ticket to the world throughout these instances of lockdown. Bella Ciao!