Power struggle, an assassin who knows the secret rooms and passages in the Bank of Spain, a daring rescue and a tragic death. These are the highlights of Money Heist, Part 4. Oh, and unfortunately, that pathetic and miserable rat Arturo is still alive. I’d have stood up in the middle of the night, cheered and applauded, and chanted Bella Ciao if he were the one that got fatally shot. Maybe next time. Some spoilers ahead. But I won’t divulge which character got killed.
Palermo, the late Berlin’s “soul mate”, has never been a character to inspire trust nor sympathy. He oversteps his authority, turns into a tyrant, Tokyo stages a coup and takes charge. Palermo is chained to a chair and kept with the hostages — quite unfortunately, next to Gandia, chief of security for the Bank of Spain. His mind warped with anger, he teaches Gandia how to dislocate his thumb to remove his handcuffs. And chaos ensues.
Gandia plays a cat and mouse game by moving through hidden corridors. That scene where the toilet paper holder turns out to be a door knob is just brilliant. And the gunfight that begins with a grenade thrown into the elevator is as adrenaline-pumping as the gunfight in The Martix when Neo and Trinity rescued Morpheus.
As though locating and neutralizing Gandia was not a serious enough job for the team, that pervert Arturo who had earlier literally inserted his sorry self into the bank, had to play his own games too. If anyone ever wondered why he entered the bank to begin with when he was safely entrenched in the police tent, he explains it himself: “I came here to save everyone! To be a hero!” I really wish that Manila had shot him in the crotch.
But the most fascinating part of Part 4 is how The Professor gathered the evidence to prove to the world that the government’s denials of Rio’s illegal detention and torture were all lies. When you really think hard about it, the answer was just lying there and any person with enough focus could have thought about it much earlier. But The Professor was grief-stricken. Lisbon, the love of his life, was in police custody and he couldn’t think straight. In fact, he couldn’t even think, period. It turns out that a punching bag was all he really needed to get out of the mental glut.
So, yes, The Professor gets his evidence, makes another exposé and heads of those proud government people, who always acted that they aren’t just smart but untouchable as well, come rolling down — Alicia Sierra’s included. In Alicia’s case, not because she is the most guilty but because she is expendable. Handpicked by the Minister of Interior to be the fallguy to keep government institutions unscathed, Alicia does not have anything to lose, career-wise, by the end of Part 4. And she becomes a loose canon.
As the fourth installment of Money Heist ends, the crew is still inside the Bank of Spain as The Professor comes face-to-face with Alicia Sierra. If she manages to arrest him, she just might salvage her career. And that would also mean we will be seeing another another rescue, probably even more daring than the previous ones, in Part 5 of Money Heist.
Why does this tale of social outcasts, misfits, geniuses and psycopaths remain so enthralling for audiences worldwide? Weren’t the thieves in Die Hard social outcasts, misfits, geniuses and psycopaths too? And yet, we cheered John MacLane on, didn’t we?
I think that between 1988, when Die Hard came out, and 2017, when Netflix released Money Heist Part 1, the world has changed. Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Guantanamo and the internet have opened millions of eyes to the truth that modern governments operate behind a facade and we, the public, are never meant to know about any of it.