BLACK MIRROR | S02 | E02 | 2013
When you can not remember a thing, who should you trust?
Woke up tied in a chair, in a house she did not remember, Victoria Skillane (Lenora Crichlow) could not help but panic, not only she doesnt know where she is, she does not have a trace of memory in her head. When she went outside for help all she found are people looking out their windows while recording with their phones. Shortly after, a masked man in red jacket came out with a gun aimed at her, as well as several other people who hid their faces behind their masks. She pleads for help, but the people around her just chuckled and keep recording her attempts to escape on their phones. What is happening? Who are they? More importantly, who is she?
The film seems like a cheap thrill flick where the lead is being chased by mysterious people. The performance was borderline on cheap hysteria instead of the usual calculated disturbia of Charlie Brooker. Now that being said, it is the most high octane episode of Black Mirror so far! My heart keep racing as i follow Victoria tried to escape and save herself from the hunters. There’s a significant lack of information that slowly released before it drop on your head like dynamite at the end of the episode. It kept me guessing on the edge of my seat, and trust me, the twists that it revealed really did blow my mind. And believe me, the early hysteric was intended and calculated as well, forgive me for ever doubting Mr Brooker crafts.
The ‘onlookers’ who follows Victoria around while recording her in their cellphone feels like a slap to my face. This is a harsh reality thrown in our faces. How many times do you took a picture of something and share it onlie (post, tweet, pin, path whatever) when it actually not the place to do so, can be as simple as taking a picture of your lunch, recording your favorite artist on a concert, or take a quick snap of an accident to tweet? Aren’t we all slowly becoming a zombie that dependent to their gadget and the (un) social network that attached to it? White Bear provides a wake up call on this sobbering issue. When society seems to insensitive of what happening around them and resort to voyeur culture. And to some extent feign ignorance and distance our society starts to do. When we remain unflinched as violence and disturbing images become more common and unfiltered to us. Of course there are even more disturbing wake up call in the conclusion of the film, which sadly i can not divulge without spoiling the entire film. But believe me, this film is harsh, and deliver more than (what initially) meets the eye.
For local indonesian, who are familiar with Joko Anwar’s Modus Anomali (2012) might’ve think it’s very similar, since both lead character are suffering from memory loss and being hunted by unknown people. Well the similarities ended there. If you enjoy Modus, i think you should give this a try. I personally enjoy this one more though. It’s more..efficient and effective, for the lack of better term.
White Bear is yet another great episode from Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror anthology. It serves a disturbing reflection of our society and delivers harsh, thought-provoking criticism.
WHITE BEAR (2013)
BLACK MIRRROR | SEASON 02 | EPISODE 02
GENRE Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction
DIRECTOR Carl Tibbetts | CREATOR Charlie Brooker | WRITER Charlie Brooker | CINEMATOGRAPHER Zac Nicholson | MUSIC Jon Opstad | PRODUCTION DESIGN Joel Collins | EDITOR Haizel Baillie| CHANNEL Channel 4 | COUNTRY United Kingdom | BROADCAST DATE February 18, 2013
STARRING Lenora Crichlow, Michael Smiley, Tuppence Middleton, Ian Bonar.