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November 15, 2009: The Prisoner

by Zach Oat November 15, 2009 6:00 am
November 15, 2009: <i>The Prisoner</i>

For decades, fans of the original Prisoner TV series have sung its phrases, calling it one of the greatest TV series ever made, and Patrick McGoohan was certainly hypnotic as the involuntary resident of a mysterious European-style village surrounded by mountains, sea and desert, with no means of escape. So the only possible way AMC could rival the original's legacy was by casting their re-interpretation with Gandalf and Jesus.

Ian McKellan and Jim Caviezel play 2 and 6, the men who have lost their names and been given numbers along with their homes in the village. But while 6 is desperate to escape, 2 is his warden, constantly reminding him of the impossibility of escape and punishing him when he tries. Luckily, the reinterpreted Village looks a lot less like Disney World and a lot more like a David Lynch movie, and the giant white ball that is sent to retrieve escapees is even bigger than it was before. Whether Caviezel's version of the classic line -- "I am not a number, I am a person!" -- will carry the same heft remains to be seen.

The Prisoner airs tonight, Monday and Tuesday at 8/7C on AMC.

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