At any given moment, how close are any of us to committing an act as despicable as murder? What kind of circumstances could arise to push a person in that direction?
Those are questions The Push sets out to ask. The upcoming Netflix reality special stages an elaborate ruse in which a series of scripted events drive one unsuspecting man toward killing a living human.
A new trailer for the hour-long program, out Feb. 27, hints at the premise. There’s a big-money auction happening, and one of the event’s wealthy benefactors falls to the ground clutching his chest shortly before it begins.
Chris, the unwitting “star” of the program, is one of two participants who’s there when it happens. He’s subsequently drawn into a “web of lies” as the show’s 70 actors lead him toward participating in what the trailer suggests is a staged suicide.
The whole thing is a setup, of course, but Chris doesn’t know that. The Push is the work of Derren Brown, a British mentalist whom Netflix describes as a “psychological illusionist.” The reality special, an “audacious social experiment” is a consideration of how both authority figures and social pressures can manipulate an otherwise ordinary person in extraordinary ways.
The Push isn’t actually a new release. It’s one of two older Brown specials that originally aired in the United Kingdom and which Netflix has now picked up for re-release (the other is called The Miracle). Brown is also working on something completely new for the streaming giant, but no details have been released yet.
Even if The Push isn’t technically new, the trailer released on Tuesday and the alarming premise it introduces prompted quite a reaction.
Can’t get behind #ThePush. As a movie sure, as a reality show it’s a shitty idea. Let’s severely damage people psychologically for ratings. Let’s “push” someone into a truly dark place, a place that will haunt them and stay with them for the rest of their life. FUCK YOU @netflix!
— Tyler Martinez (@TheOrdinarySun) February 21, 2018
[Pilot episode: @netflix‘s “The Push: American Edition”]
Derren Brown: “This season, we’re going to trick this man into thinking he must commit—”
[sound of rapid-fire gunshots]
Contestant: “Done, done, and I’m onto the next one! Woo! ‘Murica!”
Derren Brown: “Mother of god!” pic.twitter.com/JQlirjJHhR
— Barrett Bowlin (@barrettbowlin) February 21, 2018
From Latex Strippers to Killing Hitler: Inside Netflix’s Wildest Series
Sex isnt included in the title of Love, Death & Robots, the new animated Netflix series from directors David Fincher and Tim Miller (premiering March 15). But that doesnt mean there isnt plenty of R-rated eroticismnot to mention myriad Hitler deaths!to be found in this 18-episode anthology of sci-fi shorts about the strange, surreal and sinister.
Created by Miller (Deadpool, the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate), who also serves as an executive producer alongside Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac, Netflixs Mindhunter), Love, Death & Robots is a deliberately diverse affair rife with violence, humor and a healthy dose of sensuality. No matter that its installments are all computer generatedits for adults only, peppered with full-frontal female nudity, intermittent profanity and a dark, demented view of the world, both now and in the future, which is where most of its vignettes are set. Delivering bleakness and black comedy in distilled form via stories that rarely last more than fifteen minutes, its like Black Mirror for the ADD-addled video game crowd.
Interactive games are certainly evoked by two of the six episodes that were provided to press in advance, as both boast the photorealistic environments and admirably lifelike and emotiveif still clearly artificialhuman faces and figures found in AAA title cutscenes. Theres something startlingly authentic about the way vehicles move and physical spaces are rendered in Sonnies Edge, the shows first episode, even though its grimy blacks, greens and reds define the action in somewhat familiar sci-fi terms. Thats true of its narrative as well, about a young, facially-scarred combatant preparing to compete in a fight to the death against a male opponent. The Real Steel-ish catch is that shes not the one doing the actual brawling; instead, she uses mind-meld technology to pilot a giant reptilian creature (its head stretching backwards into a deadly spiked tail) against her adversarys brutish beast………………………………………………………………………”
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Someone Great – Netflix Trailer
Aspiring music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) has just landed her dream job at an iconic magazine and is about to move to San Francisco. Rather than do long distance, her boyfriend of nine years (Lakeith Stanfield) decides to call it quits. To nurse her broken heart, Jenny gathers up her two best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) for one outrageous last adventure in New York City. From writer/director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (creator of MTV’s Sweet/Vicious) SOMEONE GREAT is a hilarious and heartfelt story of friendship, love, and what it means to let go of your twenties and enter adulthood. Watch Someone Great April 19 on Netflix!
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