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The Prisoner: Miniseries (2009)



Critic Consensus: Meekly echoing the classic orignial series, The Prisoner is a ponderous, pretentious sci-fi mystery with giant plot holes and many moments of general incoherence.


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In this reworking of the 1960s cult hit of the same name, a man known as Six (Jim Caviezel) is held in a mysterious area called the Village, where inhabitants are known only by numbers and have no knowledge of the outside world. He meets taxi driver 147 (Lennie James), develops a bond with doctor 313 (Ruth Wilson) and goes up against Two (Ian McKellen), who has a special interest in maintaining the Village.


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Critic Reviews for The Prisoner: Miniseries

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (16)

Looking for logic in a remake of "The Prisoner" - even if you've never seen the original version - is like asking for two-fisted shoot-outs on "Mad Men," or for more tasteful humor on "Two and a Half Men."

November 23, 2009 | Full Review…

For the characters and for the viewers, the miniseries is a plodding excursion on the road to nowhere.

November 23, 2009 | Full Review…

As the story moves along, we understand Six's desire to get out.

November 23, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's filled with deep thoughts, deep meaning, cultural allusions and comparisons galore.

November 23, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Unfortunately the new Prisoner's dominant characteristics are its sluggish tempo, limited vision and inability to drag itself out of the shadow of the Patrick McGoohan original.

July 17, 2018 | Full Review…

[It] succeeds on its own terms.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

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