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Peaky Blinders

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Genre: Crime, Drama Country: UK
IMDB Rating: 8.8/10 Released Date: 30 Sep 2014
Runtime: 60 min Language: English, Romanian
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, Joe Cole,

Summary: A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.


Handsome but hollow, “Peaky Blinders” is another one of those classy-looking British imports that networks and streaming services (in this case, Netflix) are using to help keep their shelves stocked. Yet while that worked extremely well with the recent “Happy Valley,” despite the meticulous period trappings this feels like a slightly wan wannabe – in part because there’s scant connection with any of the characters. Featuring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill in the marquee roles, it’s a respectable but chilly effort, fine for those who choose to invest the time but hardly a loss should one turn a blind eye. Certainly, there’s ample drama to be found in this particularly tumultuous moment in British history, and some will no doubt appreciate the unhurried pacing. But too much about “Peaky Blinders” (created by writer Steven Knight, directed by Otto Bathurst and Tom Harper, and counting Caryn Mandabach among its producers) is steeped in heavy-handed flourishes, from the contemporary score to the use of slow motion surrounding the fight sequences.