MANIAC

Cary Joji Fukunaga. 

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The miniseries is written by Patrick Somerville and directed by Cary Fukunaga, the latter, who already shown his extraordinary skills while working on the first season of another exceptional show called True Detective. It stars Emma Stone, Jonah Hill and some lesser-known actors as Julia Garner and Jemima Kirke.
Maniac takes place in a kind of a sci-fi 80’s vision of a future, where two strangers - Owen (schizophrenic, who suffers from hallucinations) and Annie (coping with the loss of her sister) - decide to enrol into an experimental drug trial that claims if it works it could cure them of all mental health problems. In the drug trial, they take a series of different pills that force them to have vivid hallucinations/dreams except for some reason Annie’s and Owen’s dreams keep combining.

Each episode consists of a different vision that they have together and it skips throughout all of these different

genres, time periods, settings and characters. It is only

10 episodes that combined give you the feel of a movie.
One of the standout points of the show is the

world-building. The writers were able to create settings

that simultaneously resemble the future and the

past - it is a vision of the future that also feels

historical in some elements.

So, who is it for? I think that if you’re a fan of „Eternal

Sunshine of a Spotless Mind” and „Black Mirror” it

might be just your cup of tea.

Available on Netflix.

„Maniac” / Credit : Netflix

„Maniac” / Credit : Netflix

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Written by Natalia Wiecha

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NATALIA WIECHA
STUDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS IN WROCŁAW PASSIONATE ABOUT USING THE „ZERO WASTE” PRINCIPLE IN EVERYDAY LIFE