Patrick Dempsey stars in a new financial conspiracy drama about surprising bankers with boring ideas – Wall Street isn’t
With the aftershocks of the soap opera GameStop still reverberating against Wall Street, Sky’s new high-finance drama Devils (Sky Atlantic) arguably arrives with perfect timing.But for once, reality is more interesting than the fantasy Devils is shinier than a Mercedes straight out of the Showroom is coming He portrays the world of stock cuts and leveraged buyouts as a world based on noise, harassment, and perfectly coiffed hair. The problem is, it happens in a bleak way
What it is essentially is that Oliver Stone’s Wall Street hits Damian Lewis’ billions, but it lacks the moral outrage of the former (along with Michael Douglas in curly brackets) and the mushy effervescence of the latter instead unfolds as a sucker Thriller that’s populated with a villain gallery of sneaky bankers, with former romcom pin-up Patrick Dempsey possibly the most evil of them all, it’s okay that it’s derived from the devils real sin is to be boring
The 10-part series is set among the City of London’s financial assistants in 2011 as the sovereign debt crisis grips Europe The financial collapse is bad news for those troubled in Athens but it’s an unmissable opportunity for the polite Italian Investment ace Massimo Ruggero (Alessandro Borghi of Suburra) who has just bet £ 250m on the Greek economy
Massimo has proven himself to be a first-rate commercial banker Understandably, he feels he deserves a promotion – to Vice CEO of the fictional New York London Investment Bank (NYL), where boss Dominic Morgan (Dempsey) is the god among men and women rules
But Massimo faces an obstacle in Evil Snob Edward Stuart (Ben Miles) He thinks Massimo is a leaping Mafia wannabe and has the same position in mind.Then there is Massimo’s drug-addicted ex-wife Carrie (Sallie Harmsen), who was secretly hired to entertain Massimo as a surprising stripper program to humiliate – but who and for what purpose?
Dempsey sets the hokey tone with a speech to his subordinates in NYL comparing high finances to the water that fish swim in. Most people are unaware of the lubricating effect of money Those Ready to Kill It’s kind of a nightmare introduction for the actor who formerly known as Dr McDreamy was known, and far from Gordon Gecko, who declared, “Greed is good”
Morgan is said to embody the downside of high finance, but he spends most of the opening streak in the shadows so he won’t end up if it turns out he may have pulled the strings along the shock
The focus is almost entirely on the humble Massimo, who has a fantastic beard in place of a personality Borghi does his best as this two-dimensional figure, we were told he doesn’t care about money, although his true motives are not initially explained to Dempsey seems to be the only one involved in the joke and plays the mercury Morgan with a devilish wink
He has the opportunity to really improve it in later sections if we also really get to know Lars Mikkelsen as the Assange-esque mentor of Sofia (and a storyline with the late Libyan dictator Gaddafi) However, there aren’t enough of both stars in an opening episode that moves fast and skillfully, but ultimately feels too much like a poor man’s Wall Street
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