“The Money Heist” Releases its Most Shocking Season Yet


Poster for “Money Heist.”

By Isa Gil, Staff Writer

The newly released season of “The Money Heist” Part 5: Vol 1, came out September 3, 2021. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the show, it is a thriller and crime drama originally from Spain. It is from the point of view of main character Tokyo, played by Úrsula Corberó, as she talks about the events leading up to the heist, her life before it, and the events happening during it. In the beginning, we are introduced to “The Professor,” played by Álvaro Morte, who has a plan to pull off the biggest heist in recorded history — to print billions of euros in the Royal Mint of Spain. To help carry out the plan, he recruits eight people with certain abilities who have nothing to lose. Throughout the seasons more and more people join the criminals. Some of these people include Raquel Murillo, played by Itziar Ituño, Rio, played by Miguel Herrán, Denver, played by Jaime Lorente, Berlin, played by Pedro Alonso, Mónica/Stockholm, played by Esther Acebo, Nairobi, played Alba Flores, Helsinki, played by Darko Peric, Martín Berrote, played by Rodrigo de la Serna, Bogotá, played by Hovik Keuchkerian, and Moscow, played by Paco Tous.

Unlike the last successful heists, this one ended with multiple deaths and more damage. At the beginning of the first episode, the audience can automatically tell that “The Professor” hasn’t thought out this heist as well as the others. When you think everything is about to take a turn for the better, it just ends up getting worse.

Throughout the episodes, we can see some new relationships being formed and others unravel. We also get insight into “The Professor” and Berlin’s background, such as information on how long Berlin has been stealing. We also get some insight into his family and his relationship with “The Professor” before the heist. As for Tokyo, we learn more about her background with her first love and how it still affects her.

Personally, this season definitely shocked me. The events that occurred were extremely unexpected and, not to mention, included more violence than usual. I didn’t mind the violence though—it definitely kept me on my toes and engaged in watching. I would say this season was somewhat sad because it did include some flashbacks of characters who have previously died. The plot overall is super unpredictable—in a good way—and it definitely makes the audience want to stop whatever they are doing and watch the show.

The acting was phenomenal too. Many of the actors displayed emotions that caused the audience a mixture of anger and even sadness. In addition, I love their accents and how authentic it is. I often find that Spanish shows, specifically from Spain, are well thought out and include a perfect blend of drama and mystery. The cinematography of the film was also phenomenal, since it is mostly action, all the explosions didn’t look fake at all.

After watching “The Money Heist,” I would definitely say it’s worth the watch. Overall, I would rate “The Money Heist” an 8.5/10.