Check It Out – Movie Review & Recommendation: Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams via Amazon Prime Video

Check It Out – Movie Review & Recommendation: Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams via Amazon Prime Video
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams is a 10-episode sci-fi anthology series that journeys into unique worlds beyond imagination. Based on original short stories by the acclaimed author, each stand-alone episode features an all-star cast including: Bryan Cranston, Steve Buscemi, Greg Kinnear and Anna Paquin, and provokes society's deepest questions about what it means to be human.

Genre: Science Fiction
Director: David Farr, Francesca Gregorini, Tom Harper, Julian Jarrold, Marc Munden, Jeffrey Reiner, Michael Dinner, Peter Horton, Dee Rees, Alan Taylor
Starting: Gumuliauskas Vaclovas, Dominic Capone III
Support Actors: Juke Hardy, Russ Panzarella, Steve Buscemi, Geraldine Chaplin, Bryan Cranston, Richard Madden, and more
Producers: Bryan Cranston, Maril Davis, James Degus, Matt DeRoss, Isa Dick Hackett, Katie DiMento, Michael Dinner, Kalen Egan, and more.
Network: Amazon Studios

Mini Review: In a series of mind bending, Twilight like episodes, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams portraits different realities. In each of these episodes,  humans are forced into living under specific circumstances, and under each of these circumstances are different set of rules that bring finality to each reality. Each episode explores human interaction in different ways. As these stories progress, we come across high emotions & risky situation that more often than not alter each of these characters’ decision.  As with each of these characters, the message seems to follow a certain criteria that focus on their humanity & their existence, as well as on the ways in which decisions affect and mold their future. It is an interesting concept, one that I am going to keep an eye on and hope we get to see more of.

Since I haven’t finished watching season 1 – I will leave you with the name of each episode and a small description of each.  My review rating is based on the episodes I have already watched.

E: 1. Real Life: A future policewoman shares headspace with a brilliant game designer in an alternate world as they both pursue killers whose plans could have shattering consequences. Because the very device that connects them can also destroy them, danger lurks at every turn.

E: 2. Autofac :Society has collapsed, but a massive, automatic product-manufacturing plant continues to operate according to the principles of consumerism — humans must consume products to be happy, but to consume, they must be denied freedom of choice and free will. When a small band of humans decide to shut down the factory for good, they discover they may actually be the perfect consumers after all.

E: 3. Human Is: Vera is overjoyed when a dangerous military expedition to Rexor IV sees her once cold hearted husband come back a warm and loving man.  Can this really be the same man or is it something else entirely?

E: 4. Crazy Diamond: Ed has his life turned upside down when he meets a femme fatale named Jill, a synthetic being who’s as beautiful as she is deadly.  Jill takes Ed into a world of heist and murder that threatens to destroy everything he holds dear.

E: 5. The Hood Maker: A war is coming between Normals and telepathic mutants, or Teeps, and only Clearance Agent Ross and a Teep called Honor can stop it.  But can they suppress their own feelings for each other and stop the war before humanity rips itself apart?

E: 6. Safe and Sound: When 15-year-old Foster moves from the small town to the big futuristic city, she’s consumed with paranoia and fear by the urban society’s emphasis on security and terrorist prevention. It isn’t long before she turns to a friendly “tech support” voice for guidance and companionship… but is the voice real, or just the product of her own increasingly irrational delusions?
W: 7. The Father Thing: Set in the kitchens and backyards of American suburbia, our young hero Jack must save the human race while coming to terms with the disillusionment of childhood as he is among the first to realize that humans are being replaced by dangerous aliens.
E: 8. Impossible Planet: Norton is a discontented tour guide of a cruise ship in space. His life is on a one way trip to nothingness until he meets the supernaturally old Irma. She wants to go to Earth; a planet long since destroyed. On this epic journey, Norton and Irma develop a deep connection that’s just as impossible as the planet they are searching for.

E: 9. The Commuter: Ed’s getting tired of his lot in life but after he encounters a mysterious woman who sets him on a journey to Macon Heights, a town that doesn’t exist, he’ll return home to find his life has changed for the better, but at the ultimate cost.

E: 10. Kill All Others: A man hangs dead from a lamppost, ignored, apparently murdered after a politician running for office encourages the population toward violence. When one man dares to speak up in protest, he finds himself instantly becoming a new target.


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