Fri. Apr 12th, 2024

In “Fallen Solar,” Luther finds himself witnessing a mass killing in Piccadilly Circus, orchestrated by Andy Serkis’ David Robey. The serial killer, who’s additionally current to look at the grim scene, then escapes Luther — himself on the run after escaping jail — by fleeing into the Underground and disappearing onto the tracks and down a tunnel. Luther then pursues him to one of many deserted Tube stations the place a struggle ensues.

These disused areas of the Underground are literally fairly in depth and have existed for a while, which is not stunning contemplating the primary London Underground practice rolled out all the way in which again in 1863. Over the next 160 years, varied tunnels and stations have turn into disused, some being repurposed as shelters in the course of the Blitz, others being become breakout rooms, and extra nonetheless merely mendacity deserted.

All of which made them the proper filming location for “Fallen Solar” and its gritty imaginative and prescient of London. Particularly, Aldwych Tube Station, which first opened in 1907, performed host to Luther and Robey’s conflict. The deserted cease was really used for nearly 100 years earlier than being closed in 1994 as a result of low passenger numbers — a destiny that befell numerous different London Underground stations over time. Throughout that point it not solely served as a World Warfare II bomb shelter, it was additionally utilized by the Nationwide Gallery and British Museum to accommodate invaluable objects from their collections in the course of the Blitz. And now, it is turn into the location of Luther and Robey’s bodily confrontation, offering a suitably ghostly backdrop in opposition to which the haunted detective and his ghoulish foe face off.

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