2.5. From "Gattaca" to "Equals" (to "Hunger Games"?), dystopia in modern cinema has had more effect on me than this one. Maybe it's too short? No, it's certainly too long. Very good details here and there (shooter game with the underclass as the target), but it's predictable and...possibly...Kaluuya drags it down. And Bing's big moment comes too late, and we know how it'll end.
A loud, melodramatic, boring, smug, pretentious ripoff of Sidney Lumet's Network (with an added unnecessary romance) Fifteen Million Merits is a unpalatable soup of muddy, oversimplified satire of the times's reality television that has not aged well. A good sci-fi should reflect (like a mirror har har) the era it was released but should not feel like a relic of it. This came out in 2011 and it already feels tired.
Non particolarmente efficace come episodio, ma il senso vale molto più della resa finale: dentro internet siamo tutti lavoratori, produttori di contenuti che valgono in quanto tali piuttosto che per la loro qualità. Si tratta di un concetto su cui gli autori di black mirror potrebbero continuare a sfornare qualche ottimo episodio.
Brooker displaying traditional storytelling chops as a writer for perhaps the first time in his career (and I say that as someone who loves 'Nathan Barley', but recognises that its plotting & character development are shoddy at best). I fear Abi was only there to be "put in the fridge" but Jessica Findlay makes her feel human. Most interesting to me as auto-critique of the co-opting of Brooker's own critical persona.
This should be considered the 1st REAL episode of Black Mirror. Very layered as a episode with the symbolism, take heed and know this- the future is already here. Also had no idea Rupert Everett was in this till i seen the end credits, blown away by his exaggerated rendition of Simon Cowell. Off topic but somewhat related, Bing integrating that dance routine was bizarre & on the verge of cringe though.
In a technologically advanced but culturally decadent future, a certain class of people are forced to pedal meaninglessly on bikes to accumulate "merits" for essential needs and ways to kill time...one of these people, a discontented young man, starts up a romance with a fellow grunt, to disastrous and degrading consequences.. shows how even the most heartfelt attempt at rebellion can be hegemonized...