Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014) Review


Verdict: Excellent

Thought-provoking with amazing visuals.

Review

Potter (Rafe Spall) wakes up to find Matt (Jon Hamm) making breakfast for him. To establish a rapport, Matt describes how he witnessed helped Harry (Rasmus Hardiker) pick-up girls through something called the ‘Zed-eye’ in which transmits Harry’s vision to Matt’s computer. Potter then tells his story, of how he found out that his girlfriend Beth (Janet Montgomery) was pregnant and wanted to abort him. When he got upset she blocked him and left. Written by Charlie Brooker, and directed by Carl Tibbetts.

I do not normally post reviews of TV series, but I watched this for one of my film courses and I just have to review it. Black Mirror (created by Charlie Brooker) has such an amazing concept that I am going to start watching all the episodes now. Brooker named the show ‘Black Mirror’ as a reference to how technological devices (TV’s, phones, tablets etc.) show a black screen when off– which also acts as a sort of mirror as we can see reflections through them.

In this episode, there are quite a few story-lines but which all connect together at some point. It feels a little like Inception, with all the different levels of consciousness, and I like it! I love films/shows with a psychological emphasis that are somewhat heavy and dark to understand (though not too dark that it verges on horror). The story is well crafted and  the different timelines are juxtaposed nicely so that everything comes together in the end.

The acting is all great as well, with everyone doing their parts convincingly. The dialogue felt very natural and fluent which made the story really feel like a possible future. In addition, the visuals are on point and complements the show nicely. The effects- especially of the ‘blocking’ materializes the concept of the dark side of technology into something tangible and realizable. It was scary yet fascinating to watch (hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be real).

To sum-up:
PROS: Concept, acting, visuals
CONS: Not much

I give this a 9/10.

Have you seen Black Mirror: White Christmas? Rate it out of 5 stars above or leave a comment below!

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