Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror 2011

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Channel 4 drama series written by Charlie Brooker which explores the role of technology in modern society, in particular the potential dark side of humanity's gadget addiction. Each of the episodes is a stand-alone piece and is set in a slightly different world. 'The National Anthem' follows the attempts of the British Prime Minister, Michael Callow (Rory Kinnear), to negotiate the release of a royal princess (Lydia Wilson), while faced with an outrageous ransom request and a titillated media. 'Fifteen Million Merits' is set in a grim, gadget-dominated world where the only chance of individual glory is a game show called Hot Shot, where contestants will be assessed by Judge Hope (Rupert Everett) and Judge Charity (Julia Davis). Finally, 'The Entire History of You' imagines a world in which it is possible to record your own memories and play them back at will. Toby Kebbell and Jodie Whittaker star.

Starring:
Rory Kinnear, Isabella Laughland
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 34 minutes
Starring Rory Kinnear, Isabella Laughland, Paul Popplewell, Allin Kempthorne, Colin Michael Carmichael, Lindsay Duncan, Jessica Brown Findlay, Julia Davis, David Flynn, Rupert Everett, Daniel Kaluuya, Dominic Le Moignan, Allen Leech
Director Euros Lyn
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio 4DVD
Rental release 27 February 2012
Main languages English

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Scuba Monkey on 19 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
Ignore the negative reviews you may have read above. This is a piece of landmark TV that, years from now, will become a cult classic. This is not a comedy (although there are darkly funny moments in it). This is not particularly uplifting viewing. In fact, some of it is ugly or painful to watch. And that is the point. What it is, is TV to challenge you - which is something rare in this day and age. When the writer of several episodes, Charlie Brooker, was asked about Black Mirror (BM) he said that what he was aiming for was something dystopian, unnerving and uncomfortable. A modern, updated, long-lost cousin to The Twilight Zone. That's exactly what he's achieved. BM taps into that unspoken unease that many people feel with modern society; the relentless quest for fame and interactive programming, public obsession with technology and 'content', corporate brainwashing and, even, contemplates what makes us human. This is challenging stuff. It's not for everyone. Like listening to a challenging album like 'Kid A', there will be some who simply don't connect with it - or thinks that all TV should make you 'feel good'. And that's fine. But for those who do connect with it there's rewarding television and some great ideas.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Stayve on 28 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
Charlie Brooker is known for his cynical and satirical yet highly humourous outlook on the world and in particular the media, both in his writing and in his televison shows. With "Black Mirror" he has proven that his writing is constantly improving and becoming sharper and that he can branch out from black comedy to dark and compelling drama. Not for the first time I know as he was also responsible for "Dead Set" too but this series is even better.
"Black Mirror" is a three part series which is very well written indeed and takes a not too distant look into the future in terms of politics, the entertainment industry and a new angle on infidelity in relationships.It also shines brighter still with some excellent acting performances from the likes of Rory Kinnear(Quantum Of Solace),Daniel Kaluuya(Psychoville)and Toby Kebbell( Dead Man's Shoes).
Kudos must also be given to Brooker's co-writers Jesse Armstrong(Four Lions) and Brooker's wife Konnie Huq for helping to put the final touches on what I thought was, along with "This Is England '88", the best British TV drama series of last year. If only TV would invest more in such thought provoking and intelligent shows rather than force feeding us mind numbing drivel like "Take Me Out" (Can you believe that was actually nominated for an award?)then I wouldn't be struggling to find good shows to watch so often.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By T.Wakeman on 13 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
I would argue this is a must have for any sci-fi fans, more so than it is for fans of comedy, although funny in its bizarre and very dark ways, the series is more focused on highlighting the irrelevance and stupidity that modern society lives by. There are also warnings about our future if we continue to let aspirational brainwashing, courtesy of the television (for more on this see 'How TV Ruined Your Life') control our lives and the common sci-fi reflections of a world obsessed with technology to the point of loosing our humanity.

Each episode is extremely well written and beautifully shot, with some truly amazing performances from all actors. Fans of books like 1984 or A Brave New World should really love this. One of the most fresh and important things on British TV in a long time.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nichola Thorpe on 12 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
Watching Black Mirror is a bit like seeing a horrific car crash. It's bleak, frightening, horrific; but somehow, you just can't look away. These three individual tales of a dark dystopian future are all equally compelling. The first is a twisted political fairytale, the second a commentary on reality TV and the third, a look at the way technology has started to impact on things we could hardly imagine, like memory. Each offer up a terrifying future not altogether unrealistic given our reliance on technology. Each tale is also tragic- nobody ends up happier or better off for using whatever technology is showcased.

I think the first episode was the most terrifying because it's set in the present day, and the technology that leads to the tragedy is freely available as I type. I also thought it was the most compelling episode, waiting to see whether or not the PM would have to commit the 'indecent act' and seeing the story unravel.

The second was, I think, the weakest. It's still fascinating because the concept is familiar; every year more and more reality TV shows are churned out for every 'skill' you can think of, and the idea of us as zombies glued to the TV screen is one bandied around in current media. When you think about it, the reality in this episode isn't exactly a million miles from now. Loved the judges from Hot Shots!

The third episode was the most intriguing concept to me. I hear that it's been optioned for a Hollywood film, which I think will be one I will go and watch to see how the concept of being able to replay memories with video clarity will play out in feature length. We've all cursed the fallibility of the human memory at least once. Wouldn't it be great if you could just rewind your thoughts and see where you left your keys? Maybe, but this episode showcases the perils of video-graphic memory to the extreme.

Thought provoking and shocking, I will definitely be watching the upcoming series 2.
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