Maniac is one of the best miniseries I have ever seen. The interpretation of the characters, the direction, the way it has been written and the depth of the plot makes it one of the jewels of modern science fiction and of this new era of entertainment available to everyone.
Cary Joji Fukunaga (director and producer of True Detective) has created this series based on the Norwegian television series of the same name. Cary produces, directs and also participates as a writer in this plot where the two protagonists, played by Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, are part of an alternative future that mixes technology from the 1980s together with a setting similar to Blade Runner. Both characters come from different backgrounds, Jonah Hill is from a wealthy and classist family, Emma Stone comes from a typical middle-class neighborhood. Their paths end up crossing their psychological and emotional problems, which reach limits that push them both to be part of a pharmacological experiment whose function is to help people with these problems to overcome their trauma and to be able to live their lives effectively without emotional barriers that prevent it.
During this experiment, we will discover the depth of these characters and the doctors who supervise the experiment. The motivations of each one reveal the truth of themselves: how they solve the problems that arise, they discover every facet of their personality that was hidden until the circumstances that present themselves make them see more deeply who they really are. The scenarios where these characters are put to the test are diverse, mysterious and really exciting.
I’m not going to reveal much more about this series, only that each episode is going to make you question the mental health of each character, and also, your own. Because what does it mean to be crazy, have a trauma and find the courage to face it to overcome it?
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