John Cusack makes his digital debut on this conspiracy thriller involving a pandemic, that’s too violent for its personal good
I feel I’ve earned dangerous karma from the leisure gods. Why else would I’ve to look at canines being killed, torture involving salt, bleach, a spoon and a watch, nails being peeled off, and cute bunnies being shot?
Although Gillian Flynn (Gone Woman) tailored Utopia from the 2013 cult British present of the identical title, the mentions of viral load, pandemic, deadly flu, PPE and quarantine zones feels horribly actual. It’s as Dickens would say one of the best of instances and the worst of instances for a conspiracy thriller involving a pandemic. The disclaimer at the start, “This program is a piece of fiction and never primarily based on an precise pandemic or associated occasions,” doesn’t do a lot to assuage the numerous “what-ifs” buzzing in a single’s head.
Ian (Dan Byrd), Becky (Ashleigh LaThrop), Grant (Javon Walton), Wilson (Desmin Borges) and Samantha (Jessica Rothe) are die-hard followers of a graphic novel referred to as Dystopia. The e-book tells of a scientist, Hyde, and his daughter Jessica (Sasha Lane), who’re captured by evil Mr Rabbit. Hyde is compelled to weaponise pathogens, which Mr Rabbit sells around the globe to the best bidder.
The followers chat on message boards and are available to the conclusion that Dystopia lists the numerous illnesses which have wreaked havoc on the world, together with SARS and Zika. When a younger couple discover the unpublished manuscript of what appears to be like like a sequel to Dystopia referred to as Utopia, they resolve to promote it at Fringe-Con, a comic book convention.
- Season: 1
- Episodes: 8
- Run time: 44 to 55 minutes
- Creator: Gillian Flynn
- Starring: Sasha Lane, Rainn Wilson, Dan Byrd, Javon Walton, Ashleigh LaThrop, Desmin Borges, Farrah Mackenzie, Christopher Denham, John Cusack
- Storyline: As a killer flu (uh oh) ravages the US of America, a ragtag bunch tries to avoid wasting the day with clues from a cult comedian
The tremendous followers suppose Utopia will reveal an extinction-level occasion and clues on learn how to cease it and head to Fringe-Con to purchase the manuscript. Sadly, there are all kinds of horrid folks additionally after it, together with Jessica who’s on the run from Harvest (Mr Rabbit’s minions), and the psychopathic, raisin-loving Arby (Christopher Denham).
Whereas the flu pandemic rages, killing college youngsters, suspicion falls on Dr Kevin Christie (John Cusack). Christie’s labs manufacture and provide Simpro, a mock meat, to colleges. There may be additionally Michael Stearns (Rainn Wilson), a virologist, who thinks the flu is perhaps one he studied and created a vaccine for.
If one is in a position look past (it’ll take some doing) the cold-blooded and nearly definitely gratuitous violence, Utopia strikes at a frantic tempo. There may be lots of inexplicable working and leaping, slicing and dicing on this oddly muddled plot. Whereas there isn’t any humour, the romance between Becky, who suffers from the mysterious Diels illness, and Ian, is good. Alice in Wonderland followers is perhaps comfortable to go down this rabbit gap or they may not what with a gun-toting little woman referred to as Alice (Farrah Mackenzie). Violent and imperilled youngsters are only a few extra offensive issues concerning the present.
The solid is okay. Cusack makes his digital debut as Christie and when he calls for, “What have you ever carried out immediately to earn your home on this crowded world?” you might be frightened of disappointing him with the flawed reply. Rainn Wilson (The Workplace) has us rooting for Michael, whereas Sasha Lane is all enterprise because the dreadlocked Jessica — marvel what’s in her backpack although other than the chocolate…
The hyper-violent present, which appears to be a non secular sibling to Amazon’s The Boys, ends Season 1 on the obligatory cliffhanger. Hopefully season 2, could have a clearer plot and a decrease physique depend — or is that an excessive amount of to ask for?
Utopia is at present streaming on Amazon Prime Video