Sunday, November 29, 2015

Movie review: Black Mirror

Black Mirror is a made-for-television sci-fi series focusing on the darker side of technology and human nature. Each story is a self-contained tale of the thriller, drama, or sci-fi genre that feature a current world twist of some kind.

Bryony Neylan-Francis (Sex worker), Shawn Aldin-Burnett (Passerby), Daniel Kaluuya (Bing), Toby Kebbell (Liam), Rory Kinnear (Michael), Hayley Atwell (Martha), Lenora Crichlow (Victoria), Daniel Rigby (Jamie).

Black Mirror is an interesting anthology series with a nice variety of stories focused on entertaining with slight twists on reality and technology. Each story is self-contained with an independent plot and characters, much like the original Twilight Zone series. The stories are presented nicely with an interesting variety of plots, depth, and attention to detail. Though not every episode may be for everyone, there is a bit of something here for most everyone.

Acting was good throughout with nice presentation and emotion. Most actors seemed to be comfortable and deliver fairly well.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are enjoyable and varied throughout the different episodes but in general are well done with good detail. Effects are minimal but good. Dialogue also varied greatly between episode but other than some difficult accents, was pretty good. Sound and soundtrack were somewhat bland.

Black Mirror is an enjoyable, if short, series that presents a nice variety of stories with an interesting focus on slight alterations to reality. Sci-fi and drama fans should enjoy this the most.

With some adult content including violence, save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2011 - 2013
Reviewed: 1.12.15
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy, British TV Dramas, TV Shows, British TV Shows, TV Dramas

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