Black Mirror – Hang the DJ

Director: Timothy Van Patten

Writer: Charlie Brooker (Screenplay)

Starring: Georgina Campbell, Joe Cole, George Blagden

 

Plot: A new dating app hits the scene, but insists that singles need to meet before 12 hours.

 

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Verdict: Perfect Story on Love

 

Story: Hang the DJ starts as we meet Amy (Campbell) and Frank (Cole) two young singletons going into the world of dating with this new app that decides how long you are meant to be with the person they have a date with, the two have a wonderful date but are only assigned 12 hours together. They both feel the spark, but must follow the system and find themselves in longer relationship with their next matches.

 

Thoughts on Hang the DJ

 

StoryThe story here tackles modern dating and the use of apps to help find the so called perfect match. We know the systems are flawed when it comes to knowing being matched up, but this one takes us into a world where we are meant to go through with the full length of a relationship with our matches. As someone who is going or trying to go through dating this is a wonderful look at how the world of dating could go if technology takes over.


Scene of the Episode –
Looking at the clock.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The world could have been explained more, like do they have jobs or not, what is this world all about.

Final ThoughtsThis could easily be the best episodes of Black Mirror, it is one that takes a look at the real-world ideas of how internet dating can never compare to just meeting someone out of the blue, however hard that may well be. This is a story people can relate to moments, from different relationships and does this in a way like nothing we have ever seen before.

 

Overall: This will bring the biggest smile to your face in the series.

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Black Mirror – Crocodile

Director: John Hillcoat

Writer: Charlie Brooker (Screenplay)

Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Andrew Gower, Kiran Sonia Sawar

 

Plot: A woman interviews various people using a device that allows her to access their memories.

 

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Verdict: Suspenseful Thriller

 

Story: Crocodile starts as Mia Nolan (Riseborough) is forced to cover up an accident by her then boyfriend, 15-year-later she has moved on with her life, married with a child and a good career. When her boyfriend from her past wants to spill the beans, and let his guilt go, Mia can’t afford to let this truth out.

Shazia Akhand (Sawar) on the other side of things in an insurance claim investigator, looking into an accident from outside the hotel this same night, she uses a device which can use the memories to build a case, when the paths cross Mia could be the key witness, but her activities in the hotel room could expose the truth.

 

Thoughts on Crocodile

 

StoryThis is one of the first stories here that splits into two for the first half, this is good because we get good development for both Mia & Shazia characters, we also get the idea of two career women, one that is going to always be haunted by her past, while the other is looking at the bright future with her new born child. This is a slow burning story that escalates into one that keeps you on edge till the final moments as you are left wondering just how far things can go.


Scene of the Episode –
The meeting of Mia and Shazia, is a wonderful tense moment.

That Moment That Annoyed Me There does seem to be a couple of moments which don’t fit the pace we are looking to get to.

Final ThoughtsThis is one episode which does start slow and finishes with you on the edge of your seat, with the suspense ramped up the max. I was thinking this was going put this down as a disappointment only for it have one of the best final 15 minutes so far.

 

Overall: Deliveries in the final third.

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Black Mirror – Arkangel

Director: Jodie Foster

Writer: Charlie Brooker (Screenplay)

Starring: Rosemarie DeWitt, Brenna Harding, Owen Teague

 

Plot: After nearly losing her daughter, a mother invests in a new technology that allows her to keep track of her.

 

 

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Verdict: Beautifully Disturbing

 

Story: Arkangel starts when Marie (DeWitt) could go through her own living nightmare, when her daughter Sara goes missing, luckily, she is found safe and sound. Being a worried parent, Marie takes a chance to join up to a program for a chip to be installed in Sara’s head which lets her see what Sara is feeling, it also means she can filter anything inappropriate from her life.

When Sara doesn’t seem to be able to reach to natural minor violence or scares, Marie switches off the device which brings their relationship closer, until she reaches the high school age and the worries of a parent return to the device.

 

Thoughts on Arkangel

 

StoryThe story here plans into the idea of a parent always worrying about the safety of their child, it could be increased after a moment that could have seen her child lost. The side effects are clear and with a system that could easily turn every parent into an obsessive, while the kid could be an innocent victim of being over protected. With the technology we have affordable to us now, this could easily become a reality as parents feel the need to protect against the evil of the world, but this could also take away important learning curves needed in the growing up process.


Scene of the Episode –
The night that changes everything.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Seriously, do all kids just do drugs?

Final ThoughtsWhen it comes to Black Mirror, you know we have warnings in the shows, this plays into the warnings side of the message about technology and the side effects it could have if we let it control our lives. I can’t help but say I loved the tone in this episode, it needed to be set to this style, so we could enjoy moments that unfold in a way where Sara wouldn’t know what was going on. This is a must watch for anyone who can enjoy a thriller that sends a message.

 

Overall: Tense and beautifully disturbing is the best way to describe this one.

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Black Mirror – USS Callister

Director: Toby Haynes

Writer: Williams Bridges, Charlie Brooker (Screenplay)

Starring: Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson, Michaela Coel, Billy Magnuessen, Osy Ikhile

 

Plot: A woman wakes up on a Star Trek-esque ship where the crew praise their all knowing and fearless captain.

 

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Verdict: Dark Thriller

 

Story: USS Callister starts Nanette Cole (Milioti) getting a new job in an office, where Robert Daly (Plemons) works as one of the managers, he is part outside with the rest of the office and his partner Walton (Simpson). When Robert gets DNA from Nanette, she gets sent into a world where the rest of the office is trapped in a Star Trek-esque world that he can control.

Nanette must learn to adapt to this new prison, the best she can, while Robert uses his power to stop things going out of his control. Now Nanette decides to find away to get them out of this nightmare world.

 

Thoughts on USS Callister

 

StoryThe story brings us into a new spin on a hostage style story, we follow a group of workers that have been cloned into a video game and held captive. This brings the level of psychopath to a new high, while borrowing heavily from an episode of Futurama where a gas cloud has kept members of Star Trek captive to run his own shows. This is one that has a twisted side without feeling just as dark as it actually is, because this is a really dark story.


Scene of the Episode –
Monster creations.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The fact it does feel borrowed from Futurama.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderful addition to the Black Mirror world, its colour tone goes against the style in the story and its dark tones. It does take an idea I have seen before and make it all the more darker and twisted, just like what we want, with an ending that is just a wow.

 

Overall: Twisted world of space flights.

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Black Mirror – Season 3 Episode 6 Hated in the Nation

hated-in-the-nationDirector: James Hawes

Writer: Charlie Brooker (Screenplay)

Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Faye Marsay, Benedict Wong, Jonas Karlsson, Joe Armstrong, Elizabeth Berrington

 

Plot: In near-future London, police detective Karin Parke (Kelly McDonald) and her tech-savvy sidekick Blue (Faye Marsay) investigate a string of mysterious deaths with a sinister link to social media.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great New Serial Killer Idea

 

Story: Hated in the Nation starts as we flashback to what had been happening through Karin Parke’s (Macdonald) story, she gets shadowed by Blue (Marsay) with the first victim being a hated public journalist Jo Powers.

When a second celebrity starts getting hate from the nation it starts to become apparent there is some form of serial killer taking out the hated people but it has a connection to how the world is reacting on social media.

Hated in the Nation gives us one of these brilliant crime thrillers as we see how once again social media to show the danger of what we could be putting on it. The selection of who is being targeted is great to see because we needed something like this to show the real fear that can be created in social media issues and how easily it can all become out of control. This is the longest of all of the stories and could easily have been its own feature film rather than just another chapter in this clever selection of stories.

 

Overall: The best all-around film of the series but slightly too long for the casual viewer.

Rating90