Derren Brown: The Heist, Channel 4,

by | Jan 4, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

The law of diminishing returns can now be applied to Derren’s specials. There were fantastic moments in this attempt to get four professionals to rob a security guard of two cases, each containing £50,000 in cash, but this one wasn’t as good as his previous mind-control marathons.

What was good about it?

• The juxtaposition of the hilarious sweet robbery stunt with the re-creation of the Stanley Milgram test. In the former, the volunteers were instructed to steal from a village shop – leading the bemused boys behind the till to wonder if they were being wound up as a series of men in suits came in and tried to make off with Jammie Dodgers, KitKats, Fruit Pastels, stockings etc. In the latter, the volunteers were made to think they were administering potentially fatal electric shocks to someone (half of them did).

• The use of The Jackson’s brilliant Can U Feel It as the song that triggered the robbery

What was bad about it?

• Although Derren did demonstrate that normal people can be persuaded to become criminals, the conclusion – when the four hand-picked volunteers made their robbery attempt – failed to be as exciting as we’d hoped, especially as one of the four copped out.

• Most of Derren’s mind control tricks had been seen before

Luke Knowles

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