Money, power, and excessive ambition. Those three pillars support the performance of (almost) all the characters in Devils (Movistar +), the series starring Alessandro Borghi, Patrick Dempsey, and Laia Costa and which reveals how the economy works. And, even if it is fiction, it seems very credible.
THE DEVILS THAT RUN THE WORLD
In Devils, everything revolves around the movements made by managers and employees of the New York London Investment Bank. Located in London, the NYL handles large amounts of money in risky operations (above all, buying shares with the idea that the securities will go down on the stock market) that offer enormous benefits. To do this, Dominic Morgan Patrick Dempsey director of the bank controls his employees with an iron fist. The last person in charge of NYL is an attractive mature man, with a permanent smile and a kind gesture. But a killer capable of condemning an entire country to misery with his decisions.
Massimo Ruggero Alessandro Borghi, Suburra Head of Operations is a powerful underling who knows how to seize opportunities that come his way. And he does not hesitate to use illegal means if necessary. To manipulate at will an Argentine hacker and activist the Spanish Laia Costa who can give him the information he needs to climb his bank.
A DUEL BETWEEN SHARKS
Throughout the 10 episodes that make up Devils, we witness a dangerous game in which the teacher Dempsey and the student (Borghi) have a very dangerous duel. Both use their power regardless of who may be harmed.
And, as the title of the series indicates, the devils are them and those who operate in the shadows to do evil. If it is accompanied by a smile the better. The series which adapts the novel I Diavoli, by Guido Maria Brera delves into dark terrain and puts a face on those who truly control governments and large companies.
WHO’re COMMANDS IN THE SHADOW?
This Italian production of Sky shot in English reflects a story set in high finance that bears a lot like the one in Industry. But, unlike that series, here they are not recent graduates but sharks with many years of experience and an exquisite tusk. Developing countries organizations like the IMF troubled banks or the European Union are the targets of the Devils’ protagonists. Through the buying and selling of highly complex stocks, funds, and products, Morgan and Ruggero determine the future of millions of people.
To give even more fear and increase the feeling of reality, those responsible for this series add numerous archive images that remind us of great crises such as the subprime mortgages in the US, the Argentine ‘corralito’ or the real estate bubble in Ireland. Although the action takes place in 2011, various flashbacks reveal the fictitious participation of the characters in this series in every one of those economic crises. A candy for lovers of conspiracy theories.
SEDUCTION AND LUXURY
Among the positive points of this series is, without doubt, the success of mixing real images with other fictional ones, making the viewer believe that everything that is told here could be true. Also, the very serious and seductive profile that Patrick Dempsey exhibits and the fact of expanding the financial plots with the private lives of the main characters makes the interest increase chapter by chapter, with not too far-fetched twists.
On the contrary, we must highlight the eroticism of Alessandro Borghi, which seems to be traced to that of Jamie Dornan in the 50 shades of the Gray saga. They are not alike, but the luxurious apartment with a fireplace, his spectacular Ferrari, and the absence of emotions reflected on his face makes us remember that professional fixer.