Amazon Video Spotlight: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Early Roles

Benedict Cumberbatch is currently starring in the blockbuster Doctor Strange, and getting excellent reviews. If you’re a fan you’ve also seen him as Kahn in Star Trek: Into Darkness, and as Holmes in the modern-take BBC series Sherlock, in which he plays opposite The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey star Martin Freeman in the role of Dr. Watson.

Here are two of Cumberbatch’s early roles in films you may not have seen yet. Descriptions are from IMDB.

The Last Enemy Volume 1

Researcher Dr. Stephen Ezard (Cumberbatch) returns home to the UK after the reported death of his brother, Michael Ezard, only to find that his widow, Yasim Anwar, is harboring a wanted yet deathly ill illegal immigrant.

Yasim, on the rebound from her husband’s death, becomes very intimate with Stephen. But after the death of Yasim’s immigrant friend, she disappears with the body, leaving more questions than answers.

Stephen is then hired as a consultant and promoter of a new computer system, T.I.A. (Total Information Awareness). Using his expert computer skills, he secretly tracks down Yasim, unaware that he is a pawn in a government conspiracy.
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Co-stars Robert Carlyle



Note that while this film is rated 3.5/5 stars on Amazon, it received a 91% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has won numerous awards and Cumberbatch in particular has been repeatedly singled out by critics for his excellent performance here.

A married couple move back to his childhood village to start a family but a surprise visit from the husband’s brother ignites sibling rivalry and exposes the lies embedded in the couple’s relationship.
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