Gangs of London is just a flat out awesome show! Some people don't like it because of how brutal it gets but I don't get what they were expecting from a show about gangs? It is so much more than just some action show too...it's a very intense drama that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Some people want to compare it to Peaky Blinders and while it's not quite as good as that it's still a really good show. I highly recommend this to anyone who like a good action drama!
I dont think that the producers set out to make a realistic portrayal of gang life in London. This was created for entertainment purposes and needs to be viewed as such. Gareth Evans forte is extreme action sequences and this is undoubtedly where this series excels. The action set pieces are truly intense and very over the top. People don't just get killed on this show. they are butchered and the concept of less is more is left on the floor as teams of machine gun wielding mercenaries do battle with crazed criminal families and drug kingpins in seemingly never ending gunfights. The police never seem to hear all this gunplay and the criminals are able to "clean up". Now, i find all this totally acceptable ...as I said this is not an in depth of portrayal of gang culture in London it is a series made in the spirit of entertainment for those of us who like their action as stylised as a Kung Fu movie with a side order of extra tomato sauce ...by the bucket load!!
I don't know what's wrong with people here who are commenting this show has action and gore so they don't like it. Also some nit wits here say this show doesn't have a story,I mean are high while seeing this? What else do you want from a show that has good drama, great action scenes. If you want something less action oriented then go somewhere else watch a silly Kardashian show. This show is everything what a good show about Gang's should be about. Give it a go don't listen to the haters
Wow just wow, the violence on show must be seen to be believed in some scenes. I have never seen anything like it. Some of the episodes are truly fantastic, episode 5 is some of the best TV you will see on that barnsite.
Solid show. Yes it is violent as some of the reviewers seem to be upset about. Just wondering... What were you expecting? The show's title is "Gangs of London". How do you not expect violence?
Where do I start, absolutely stunning and brutal, the real depiction of how bloody and violent gangs truly are, anybody crying about it is clearly stuck in the utopia that the world is a great place, it's not.Lovers of peaky blinders and boardwalk empire must watch this.
... and the lead actor, Joe Cole, is one of them. He's not a strong enough actor to play a role like this. Think Bob Hoskins in The Long Good Friday. Cole is too lightweight. He was okay in Peaky Blinders because his character was different in that he was second fiddle to Cillan Murphy. And the violence seems to be gratuitous. The storyline is a well worn cliche. Compare with Gangs of New York.
Was looking forward to this when I saw the cast & the plot but it left me very disappointed. Some of the acting was just woeful & the action scenes are absolutely ridiculous, it seems like they've made most of them extra gory to make you forget just how unbelievable they are. It's like something a bunch of over-enthusiastic 16 year olds would like, not any adult with half a brain.
I've never seen so many 10/10 reviews - either people are on lockdown and have nothing better to do or there are a certain number of fakes here.
The show is ok, it's not great, it's ok.
It got a bit weird half way thru and the story seemed to jump without reason.
It's violent but it's not the most violent thing ever seen on tv by any means.
It was an ok watch but I was expecting more.
How this show has such a high rating is beyond me, yes it's entertaining on a I like abit of violence level, but the storyline, acting, characters and plot are very cliched and nothing special. Also you need to understand the police in this tv show do not appear to exist in their world, episode 7 is a prime example.
I can't deny the show is massively entertaining with some great characters and really amazing action scenes. I enjoyed it.My big problem with the show is how ludicriously far-fetched it is after the first few episodes, it was almost veering into fantasy territory! I definitely expected something a little more grounded or at least semi-realistic, but it's not at all once you get past the first episode or two.I also think Joe Cole was wrong for the part, I didn't ever get a real sense of volatility or menance from him at all....just didn't work for me. Cast is generally fairly good though.There are some amazing action scenes mid-season that never sort of appear again, I was disapppointed with the downward slide towards the end in this regard. But what's in there is really, really good. Real punch to it.If you love over the top, action packed TV shows with hyper violence, this one fits the bill pretty well, but it's not really intelligent or smart TV - more a popcorn show.A lot of people calling it the most violent thing they have ever seen, which seems a bit OTT to me - it is most definitely violent, but no more so than the likes of Game of Thrones or Banshee, or Boardwalk Empire.In fact I think because it's so ludicriously OTT, the violence doesn't even connect as much as it did in say, Boardwalk Empire.
If you have ever watched The Raid you will know what I mean, a high octane, ultra violent, thrill ride, with some Incredible fight scenes. All rammed down your throat for the main course and then a slice of "what have I just watched" for desert.The best I could liken this show to is the secret love child of Layer Cake and John Wick, adopted by Guy Ritchie.Some top drawer acting, a real gritty, dark, thrilling aura, and really good production values; it feels expensive. It's got the binge factor that's for sure, I was hooked from the first major action scene.They've really raised the bar on this in terms of British action / drama.To pre warn people - if you don't like drawn out, viciously violent fight scenes, this won't be for you, it's graphic.