There atmospheric psychological thriller, twirled detective story, the cruel and bloody drama, and there are Utopia, which combines all these features and at the same time no matter what it does not. This conspiracy thriller – the best in its genre, which was produced on British television in recent years. It is unique and currently has no analogues. In a short time the show has become the measure of advancement – if you look Utopia, automatically get into the big leagues. This is not surprising: so shocking, exciting, charming and devilishly stylish project should see at least once in any self-respecting audience after 18 years.
The plot twists around the mysterious graphic novel “Experiments Utopia”, written by a mad scientist, geneticist, has committed suicide. The first part of the cult of the manuscript contain encrypted information that many predicted global catastrophe.Now there is a rumor that there is a continuation of an unpublished book. Just search for it and two killer of secret organization “Network”, which at nothing will stop to achieve the goal. Leaving behind a mountain of corpses, they go on the trail of one of the fans of Utopia, bought the second part of the manuscript, and have reported this to four other fans of the novel. Very soon the young people realize that they are in mortal danger. Hunt for them not only mercenaries with medieval methods of torture, their dogs and a large pharmaceutical company interested in the vaccine formula, hidden in a book. In addition, they sit on the tail of intelligence agents. All that remains unlucky fans – to escape …
Any reasoning on the subject of conspiracy theories a priori is winning, as an infrequent visitor to the modern TV. But the authors of “Utopia” does not stop at the scene of a successful operation – they create a special paranoid world full of puzzles, mistrust, betrayal, black humor and good old ultranasiliya. Slowness of the narrative, giving surreal happening every now and then shatters another cruel trick of the participants in this entertaining game of survival. The series is much more severe than, for example, the Sons of Anarchy or Fargo: it is not a compromise and does not take hostages.
The idea of the project is Showrunner and Dennis Kelly also wrote the screenplay for the not yet released in cinemas in Russia adventure thriller “Black Sea” with Jude Law and Keira Knightley. Besides him on the plot bother Mark Eldridge, Hav Kenneyr Jones and Claire MacDonald. Director’s chair was divided between Mark Munday ( Black Sails), Alex Garcia Lopez and Wayne Yip. Yip and Lopez are known for the dark comedy Misfits.
In the cast appear not the most famous, but very talented person: Fiona O’Shaughnessy (“Alexander”, “Mystery of the” Night Watch “”), Alexandra Roach ( The IT Crowd, «Iron Lady”), Nathan Stewart -Dzharrett (“scum”), Adil Akhtar (“Dictator”, “Four Lions”), Paul Higgins (“In the Loop”, “last enemy» / The Last Enemy). We should also mention the game Neil Meskella (“Wasteland”, “Fans”) and Paul Redi (“Pierrepoint”): their portraits of killers (one – with a phlegmatic view, through the eyes of a python and a beer belly, another – dressed immaculately psycho) long remembered by the audience. A special gift for moviegoers will be the appearance of Ian Makdermida, Emperor Palpatine, who played in several films of the franchise “Star Wars.”
Utopia – this is the case when it is impossible not to mention the tremendous work of the operator, editors and artists, because that is important here is not only the plot, but also how this schizophrenic, artsy world looks on the screen. Visual component in the TV show plays a key role. Sometimes much solved one deft turn of the camera. The series was filmed in the UK and Scotland, but in fact, as if descended from the pages of comic books. A riot of colors, poisonous acid colors, obtained by processing through special filters, hit the nerves even more than the scenes of torture, mass executions and nightmarish experiments.
The variety of colors, from deep blue to a screaming yellow, begins to work most effectively when the action of a suitable atmosphere accompanies music Chilean experimental composer Cristobal de Tapii fan. He plays the most unimaginable instruments, and for the soundtrack to a thriller Channel 4 recorded musicians in the transitions of the London Underground, folk tunes, electronic beats, whispers, and gnashing of laughter, all of which creates a feeling of discomfort and vulnerability. During his music Cristobal won Royal Television Society.
Despite some controversial scene, Utopia was well received by critics, who called it a grim fantasy, decorated with great taste. The Guardian journalist wrote that the conspiracy drama – “a product of a brilliant mind” and “nightmare XXI Century” at the same time. Also, the project was marked at a professional level, he won the International Award “Emmy” for Best Drama Series in 2014 (award recognizes television projects filmed outside the United States).
Utopia knocks the viewer the ground from under the feet, tickling the nerves, mesmerizing and annoying. Yielding its paradoxical charm, you can not quit in the middle of view. You can not believe in conspiracy theories, but it is always interesting to watch the possible scenario of becoming the world’s most perfect that neither is antiutopichnymi methods.