Black Mirror (2011-2014)

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Genre: Sci-fi/Drama

Rating: MA

Directors: Various Directors

Show Runners: Netflix

Running Time: 1 hour episodes

 Main Cast: Benedict Wong, Rory Kinnear, Donald Sumpter, Ashley Thomas, Toby Kebbell, Tom Cullen, Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson, Tuppence Middleton, Jason Flemyng, Tobias Menzies and Jerome Patrick Flynn.

If today’s society looked into a mirror the reflection looking back at us would be the show reel of the British sci-fi television anthology series Black Mirror.

Created by Charlie Brooker (Dead Set), Black mirror examines modern society in a dark, yet satirical manner, focusing on darker sides to our modern society and shining a light onto them and the consequences associated with them. Each episode is different stand-alone work, predominately set in the present or near future, exploring technologies that may not be too far away, using them as story telling devices. Each episode has a different cast, different setting, different storyline and different focus on modern society, bringing a fresh and new way of looking at our society with each episode.

It explores the ideas related to advanced technology, death, the Internet and ourselves, with each idea explored in satirical darkness, as a way of presenting a harsh reality of what our society could be. It’s honestly quite refreshing to have a show such as this, as a figurative punch in the gut. Each story has its light moments but it’s the dark moments that the creators and directors want you to feel.

Each episode receives a new director and a new cast, with 11 directors being used to direct the series, with only two directors getting another turn. This turnover of directors shows that each director is able to bring their own flair to each episode. The only reoccurring person from the series is creator Charlie Brooker, who writes every single episode, and his writing shines through in what is a powerfully crafted show, which can hook you from start to finish of every episode. It’s his unique ideas of our reality that power the show and what makes some episodes make us think and others that will leave you in complete shock.

Benedict Wong, Rory Kinnear,  Donald Sumpter (Game of Thrones), Ashley Thomas, Toby Kebbell (Ben-Hur), Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Domhnall Gleeson (The Revenant), Tuppence Middleton (Imitation Game), Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones) and Jerome Patrick Flynn (Game of Thrones) are the well known stars to feature in Black Mirror. Showing the pulling power that Black Mirror can have on some of the top English actors.

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A twisted look at our reality featuring stars such as Toby Kebbell (Above) Source: Netflix

Its story lines are made significantly better with the value of the production, with episodes able to portray England in a different way. From the present with our technology to the future, using special effects to put invisible screens in front of us or able to portray technologies such as eye gadgets that let us rewind our lives, watch videos, scroll the internet or give orders in the heat of battle. Each use of special effects doesn’t feel out of place and adds significantly to the stories being told and the overall quality of the show.

Black Mirrors dark satirical approach to our modern society is refreshing and innovative, creating a whole new type of reflecting. It’s powerfully written episodes combined with innovative special effects is what makes this show tick and makes our brains tick as we watch it. A show truly worth a watch and to see whether any of the technology in the show will actually be produced.

 

The Front Row Opinion

★★★★★

 

Here is the Trailer for Black Mirror and don’t forget to like The Front Row Reviewer on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @thefrontrowreviewer

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