Money Heist - Netflix Series Review

Money Heist is one of those series that at least one of your friends/family has seen, but you have been putting off. It might be because of the lame title, the language barrier, or lack of interest in the heist genre. Whatever the case may be, I recommend you give it a shot.

Money Heist - Netflix Series Review
Money Heist

Netflix completely bungled the name of this Spanish series whose original title is the infinitely cooler "La Casa de Papel" or "The House of Paper." The language barrier is not a real reason to miss out on this binge-able series, as Netflix has offered English audio. Sure, some of the nuances in dialogue are lost in translation, but the translated audio is pretty good, retaining the essentials.


Coming to the audience expectations from the done to death heist genre - they do give it a slightly different treatment. The stakes in this series are higher than expected, with the gang taking on the government establishment itself. There's personal redemption and growth in characters through tragedy, heartbreak, and other consequences of the human condition.


The Plot


Money Heist revolves around the story of a son avenging his father's death at the hands of the police. Sergio Marquina spent his childhood listening to his father narrating tales of adventure to him, not realizing that his dad was the actual protagonist in those stories. When his father dies in the midst of a heist, he decides to take on the social establishment that took the life of his father.


He starts his plans early, by not registering his identity from the age of 19, keeping himself off the grid. Adopting his father's grand plan of robbing the Royal Mint of Spain along with his half-brother Andrés de Fonollosa, Sergio designs a fool-proof master plan. They together with other like-minded ne'er-do-wells come together for the heist of a lifetime.

Money Heist
The Professor and his half-brother Berlin

Money Heist Season 1 starts with the gang training for the most important event of their lives. The Professor is seen explaining the rationale behind their quest with his fundamental rules. No blood spilled, no relationships within the team, and no personal details like names. Enter Berlin (Andrés de Fonollosa), Tokyo (Silene Oliveira), Nairobi (Ágata Jiménez), Oslo (Dimitri Mostovói) , Helsinki (Mirko Dragic), Moscow (Agustin Ramos), Rio (Miguel Herrán) and Denver (Daniel Ramos). What follows is how they complete the heist, even though each rule is gradually broken.


Money Heist Season 2 is equally enjoyable as the fi