Black Mirror – Season 3 Episode 4 – San Junipero

san-junDirector: Owen Harris

Writer: Charlie Brooker (Screenplay)

Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis, Denise Burse, Raymond McAnally, Gavin Stenhouse

 

Plot: In a seaside town in 1987, a shy young woman and an outgoing party girl strike up a powerful bond that seems to defy the laws of space and time.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Burning Brilliance

 

Story: San Junipero starts as we follow quiet girl Yorkie (Davis) who is having a night out at the arcade where everyone hangs out in 1987. When party girl Kelly (Mbatha-Raw) stumbles into her they start a conversation as they are from worlds apart.

One week later the two meet again and it becomes apparent that Kelly is different to the rest of the woman in the town of San Junipero. We see how the two get involved in a wild night as Yorkie returns searching for Kelly week after week, year after year without any success. The story takes a dramatic twist when we learn that this San Junipero is a place where sick and elderly can re-live their youths for a limited time.

San Junipero is one that I struggled to enjoy the first part of the film as I really didn’t know where the story was going but once you look back at everything in the story this is right up there with the best in the series. The final outcome of this story is both amazing and heart-breaking because of the story of endless love and potential but we never know where people really have come from before we meet them.


Overall: While I found it very slow I loved how the final outcome really came around.

Rating90

 

 

2017 Anticipated Countdown #24 Alien: Covenant

2017 Anticipated Countdown

Through December I am going to look at 31 films I am looking to watch in 2017, some I am looking forward to and others I want to see where the film idea will go next.

Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant Poster

Main CastMichael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Katherine Waterston, Guy Pearce

Reasons I want to see

·        The Alien story is always interesting to see where it goes next.

·        Ridley Scott still behind the camera is great to see.

·        Who will return is the biggest question really.

Will it be successful? This will bring in the fans with ease just to see what will happen next.

Black Mirror – Season 3- Episode 3 – Shut Up and Dance

shut-up-and-danceDirector: James Watkins

Writer: William Bridges (Screenplay) Charlie Brooker (Story)

Starring: Alex Lawther, Jerome Flynn, Susannah Doyle, Frankie Wilson, Jimmy Roye-Dunne, Hanna Steele

 

Plot: When withdrawn Kenny (Alex Lawther) stumbles headlong into an online trap, he is quickly forced into an uneasy alliance with shifty Hector (Jerome Flynn) – both at the mercy of persons unknown.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Much Better Version of Nerve

 

Story: Shut Up and Dance starts as we meet quiet young man Kenny (Lawther) who just gets through the days minding his own business and his job. When Kenny decides to pleasure himself he finds himself caught in an online trap being forced to follow instructions or his video will be made public.

Kenny following the instruction ends up with a fellow victim Hector (Flynn) as the two must work together to complete the tasks to be made free of the people holding their darkest secrets.

Shut Up and Dance is very similar to the film Nerve which came out this year (2016) where people get tasks to complete from someone they don’t know. This does take it to the next level as it is pushed into blackmail territory which does work as these people all have secrets they don’t want loved ones to know. We get to see a string of secrets which all works really well because we learn that the person next to us on the street might not be the person we think they are. I think the final twist in this story is what makes this stand out.

 

Overall: Edge of the seat episode makes you wonder just what will happen next.

Rating75