Money Heist: Part 5 Vol 2 aka La Casa de Papel stars Álvaro Morte, Úrsula Corberó, Itziar Ituño, Pedro Alonso, Miguel Herrán, Jaime Lorente, Esther Acebo, Hovik Keuchkerian, Luka Peroš, Belén Cuesta, Fernando Cayo, Rodrigo de la Serna, Najwa Nimri, Diana Gómez, and Patrick Criado. Created by Álex Pina, the final season of Netflix’s heist thriller has 5 episodes of an hour or more.
The synopsis for Money Heist final season reads, “The stakes couldn’t be higher for the embattled Professor as he races to get the gold — and more importantly, his team — out of the bank.”
Money Heist: Part 5 Vol 2 Review Contains No Spoilers
Money Heist: Part 5 Vol 1 ended with the death of a Professor’s gang member along with Gandia and some of his men. It was heartbreaking for the members inside the Bank of Spain and the Professor (Álvaro Morte) outside. With that twist, the threat on his gang inside the Bank is intensified. However, with the gold awaiting to come out and Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri) causing trouble outside, Professor can’t just leave everything and go inside the bank.
While the gang members face their battle inside, the Professor is at war with his emotions and failure to save some people. Betrayals from the close ones burden that guilt, and it’s a lot to take in. So what does he do when he enters the Bank of Spain? Will his surrender mark the end of the long-running heist, his team members and his existence? That’s something to look forward to in the finale.
Berlin (Pedro Alonso) planned to steal the gold out of the Bank of Spain, who died during the Royal Mint of Spain. The heist at the Royal Mint of Spain was the dream of Professor’s father. To honour his brother Berlin, Professor brought together skilled individuals who no one cared until they wore the red jumpsuits and the maks. No one would notice their existence, but Professor saw something in them. Well, a few years later, they’ve got the Spain police and military forces and the government on their knees.
Episode 5 and 6 take their own sweet time to give us a clear picture of what’s happening inside the bank and with Professor. From episode 7, the series picks the pace and give us a startling revelation or a big twist at the end. Episodes 9 and 10 keep you on edge, teasing you as if all the efforts have now gone in vain. And why won’t we feel that way? We haven’t heard the Professor say, “It’s part of the plan” since the season started!
The first half of Money Heist Season 5 was packed with lots of action scenes, war-like situations, violence and guns. I was prepared to see some more such sequences in the final season. But to my surprise, Money Heist: Part 5 Vol 2 shifts more towards a sentimental narrative. It’s love for the father, brother, the “art” of stealing and for each other that brings everyone together.
With every flashback scene, we’re hinted that the Bank of Spain was always going to be a difficult heist. The brothers and Palermo also discuss possibilities of failure and how sometimes, death is the only way out. Suddenly, the narrative shift towards the present, where the gang members are in similar challenging situations. There are also obstacles they weren’t prepared to face at all.
Amid all the tension and drama, there are some light and celebratory moments. I found myself saying, ‘don’t celebrate so soon’ because things were going wrong back-to-back. Episode 10, the longest of all (76 minutes), didn’t make me move even a bit. I was engrossed in it from start to end. Until the last moment, we’re not sure who’s going to win.
The finale season also made me feel bad for Colonel Luis Tamayo. He has to be a part of a war he never asked to fight. Just because two thieves love stealing, the police, military and government have to pay for it. But in the end, only one can win or both or none!
Money Heist: Part 5 Vol 2 Review: Performances
Coming to performances, Álvaro Morte as the Professor, has to get out of his secure zone behind the desk. He must talk; he must fight and act in situations like never before. The season was a big discovery for the Professor and his fans about what he really is. Morte does an incredible job of showcasing the most vulnerable, the fieriest and strong side of Professor. Even when he’s angry, he doesn’t bring the toxic masculine dominance on the screen. Morte shows Professor’s anger just as an emotion like happiness and pain. He dances in one episode, and I can’t believe it took 5 seasons for the makers to show his amazing dancing skills!
Another star performer for me was Fernando Cayo as Colonel Luis Tamayo. Yes, most fans can’t stand him as he’s too stubborn to let Professor and his gang win. I was one of those fans too. But the actor displayed Tamayo’s pain and fear with such conviction that I felt bad for him. Just like our Professor, he’s also the man who has to act in various challenging situations. He has to make decisions that won’t always give him the desired result.
Actor Najwa Nimri, Itziar Ituño and Pedro Alonso also win you with their powerful performances. The rest of the cast also give their best in the final season of La Casa de Papel.
Money Heist: Part 5 Vol 2 Review: Final Thoughts
Overall, Money Heist Final Season is a wonderful treat, a recipe full of passion, drama, love, twists, action, thrill and goodbyes. The stellar performances packed with smart writing and an emotionally heavy finale prove why this Netflix show is loved greatly and will be missed dearly.
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