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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 15, 2009
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  • Summary: The "reinterpretation" of the cult British 1960s series is remade as a six-hour miniseries about a man who wakes up in The Village, where people are only identifed by a number.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. Its a clever and engaging reinterpretation by Bill Gallagher, who shaped the script to contemporary tastes and sensibilities--notably, a postmodern fatigue with ideology and big thoughts.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    67
    The Narrative knot is further jumbled by all the head games Two plays on him and everyone else. Six is on shifting sand, and so, too, will you be.
  3. It's self-absorbed to the point of incoherence.
  4. This Prisoner is as much about Two as it is about Six and that the actor seems to be enjoying himself makes his scenes pleasant to watch even when they don't add up to much; there is a music to his readings even when the lines are obscure.
  5. McKellen, and the production design, and some smart use of Brian Wilson songs on the soundtrack (The Beach Boys' "I Know There's an Answer" is the miniseries' cheeky final tune) weren't enough to overcome my need for coherence.
  6. 40
    This reimagined version, which feels a bit old hat in a post-Matrix fantasy landscape, is more leaden, pretentious and solemn, a tone embodied by Caviezel’s brooding Six, who’s more dour than dashing.
  7. 30
    Dismal and disoriented, under-plotted and over-allegorized, the six-hour Prisoner miniseries that debuts on AMC Sunday night is an exercise in full-tilt dramatic tedium that will appall anybody who remembers the original and bewilder anyone who doesn't: What was the big deal about that?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 27
  2. Negative: 15 out of 27
  1. Feb 22, 2018
    10
    I think that most of the people rated bad this series because has differences with the original. But if you watch the 2009 series alone itsI think that most of the people rated bad this series because has differences with the original. But if you watch the 2009 series alone its enjoyable and had goods arguments and story. Sorry for bad grammar and English. Expand
  2. AdamS
    Dec 9, 2009
    9
    I got hypnotized while watching it. Incredible atmosphere and very good acting makes it really worth watching.
  3. Flytrap901
    Nov 18, 2009
    6
    Has no one here ever done too many very good mushrooms; coming away from the experience feeling profoundly enlightened from seeing themselves Has no one here ever done too many very good mushrooms; coming away from the experience feeling profoundly enlightened from seeing themselves inside out yet strangely relieved when the experience was over. It is an experience that changes the way you think about many things afterward. Expand
  4. CraigW.
    Nov 19, 2009
    3
    Watching this was going to the dentist .
  5. viewerviewing
    Nov 22, 2009
    2
    The commercials were nice. The PalmPre girl. The Geico gecko. I don't know what all of that other stuff was. Something about a man The commercials were nice. The PalmPre girl. The Geico gecko. I don't know what all of that other stuff was. Something about a man running round aimlessly. Expand
  6. JimC
    Nov 18, 2009
    2
    Should even have been called by the same title. A very poor story.
  7. JaneWillDoIt
    Nov 21, 2009
    0
    Quite possibly the worst remake ever made. None of the intelligence, wit, or sparkle from the 1968 one were present in this trite remake. Quite possibly the worst remake ever made. None of the intelligence, wit, or sparkle from the 1968 one were present in this trite remake. Everything is slip-shod : the writing is a pretentious joke ; the directing is amateurish ; the pacing is as slow as molasses. I fell asleep during the third hour ( but dragged myself through the rest ). Patrick McGoohan would never demean himself by presenting such tripe as this. Expand

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