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
Private Life Netflix Movie Trailer
The new film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills), PRIVATE LIFE is the bracingly funny and moving story of Richard (Academy Award-nominee Paul Giamatti) and Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), a couple in the throes of infertility who try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the insular world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. After the emotional and economic upheaval of in vitro fertilization, they’re at the end of their middle-aged rope, but when Sadie (breakout newcomer Kayli Carter), a recent college drop out, re-enters their life, things begin to look up.
Netflix’s spooky ‘Sabrina’ trailer is nothing like the ’90s sitcom you remember
If you’re a fan of the sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch…Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina may not be for you.
The first trailer for this dark take on the powerful teen (from the makers of Riverdale) promises creepy woods, minotaurs, the occult, and a terrifying cover of “Happy Birthday.” And it’s just a teaser!
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stars Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), whose half-human half-witch identity clashes along with the magical and mortal worlds. A far cry from its ’90s cousin, Netflix describes CAOS as “tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist.” So…no animatronic cat?
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hits Netflix Oct. 26.
Netflix’s Quincy Jones documentary drops trailer with too many legendary stars to count
“Quincy Jones has too many awards, accolades, and accomplishments to list.
And the legendary musician and film producer’s upcoming Netflix documentary, directed by his own daughter Rashida Jones, features almost as many stars.
The trailer for Quincy shines a spotlight on the influence he had on some of the most talented people in the entire entertainment industry: Oprah Winfrey, Kendrick Lamar, Will Smith, Lady Gaga. And we heard a little Barack Obama moment in there too.
But the doc appears to focus on his life both before and after becoming the iconic Quincy Jones.
You can catch it on Netflix Sept. 21.”
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