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It doesn't seem coincidental that The Man in the High Castle's best episode yet was shot by James Hawkinson, the visual artist who turned Hannibal into one of television's most striking shows, and directed by Brad Anderson, the filmmaker behind Session 9, Transsiberian and The Machinist. The writing and performances were top-notch in this episode, but I don't think it would be as much of a success without Hawkinson's visual fluency and Anderson's confident hand."Truth" begins where the last episode left off: Smith (Rufus Sewell) has caught Joe (Luke Kleintank) rifling through the folders in his home office. As Smith stands in the doorway, he expresses his disappointment in a deeply menacing way. He orders Joe to tell him everything that happened in Canon City: "Truth time. Tell me about the girl." Meanwhile, Juliana (Alexa Davalos) has discovered that her stepfather Arnold (Daniel Roebuck) works in a surveillance »
- Brian Tallerico
The sixth episode of The Man in the High Castle is the best one yet, which also makes it the best dramatic hour of TV produced by Amazon Studios. It's dense in character development and narrative, it features strong design, and the actors' performances have never been better. It plays with Americana in brilliant ways — along with our expectations of what this show will be — while pushing the story toward an arc that will carry through the rest of the 10-episode season."Three Monkeys" opens with Joe (Luke Kleintank) as he heads to Smith's (Rufus Sewell) house for Va Day, the celebration of the end of WWII, which happened in 1947 in this alternate vision of history. The scene looks more like Norman Rockwell's America than a country run by Nazis. There are funhouse reflections of iconic Baby Boomer imagery throughout the episode, especially in the opening scenes that features »
- Brian Tallerico
Although available online beforehand, The Man in the High Castle officially premiered on Amazon Prime on November 20, 2015.
When asked by Indiewire if he has a second season planned out, series creator and writer Frank Spotnitz said, "It's beginning to become very clear to me because we've written Episode 10, so I had to know before that was written where Season 2 was going to go. So I wouldn't say I have it all worked out, but I have a lot of it."
An adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s alternate history novel, this dystopian 1962 period drama asks: what if the Axis powers had won World War II? The cast of The Man in the High Castle includes: Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tarawa, Joel De La Fuente, Rufus Sewell, and DJ Qualls.
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I was up until 4am this morning binging Amazon Prime’s new series The Man in the High Castle because I simply refused to go to bed until I knew how it ended. There turned out to be a special hell in this. I was totally captivated by the first two episodes when Amazon made them available to everyone a few weeks ago (in the hopes of getting people to sign up for Prime, of course, which was a smart move, because this is brilliant and instantly addictive television). And these remaining eight episodes — so, ten in all, all available now — are more of the same: captivating characters who go on profound personal journeys that include what look like dramatic U-turns but are wholly justified and plausible; almost unbearable suspense; and provocative, engaging world-building. This is already one of the best TV shows ever made.
But here’s the thing. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Man In The High Castle, Season 1
Created by Frank Spotnitz
Released November 20th, 2015 by Amazon Prime
Five episodes watched for review
Amazon Prime has become a well-known provider of streaming content over the years, with their unique model of releasing pilots for shows to allow subscribers to vote and decide on what proceeds yielding a number of series, from Transparent to Bosch and Hand of God to Red Oaks. The newest series to join their ranks is The Man In the High Castle. Strike Back and The X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz creates the series from the novel by legendary author Philip K. Dick. Exploring an alternate reality America in 1962 where the Axis powers won World War II, the first season shows a lot of promise, examining numerous aspects of this society, anchored by strong performances that makes for a compelling watch.
Of particular interest in the show is how »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: November 20, 2015 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
An adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s alternate history novel, this dystopian TV series drama, set in 1962, poses the question: what if the Axis powers had won World War II?
The former Us has been partitioned into three sections. West of the Rockies lies the Japanese controlled Pacific States of America. The eastern states, or Greater Nazi Reich, are under German control. The neutral Rocky Mountain States serve as a buffer zone between the two, as Japan and Germany are currently the throes of a cold war.
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Frank Spotnitz is no stranger to altered realities. As one of the core writer/producers on “The X-Files,” Spotnitz was one of the people who introduced millions of avid viewers to mutants, bizarre killers and ominous plots that may have involved alien visitation.
Spotnitz’s new show, “The Man in the High Castle,” is firmly anchored to Earth-bound reality — but it’s a grim reality in which North America, having lost World War 2, has been split up by the Axis powers and its populace must contend with an enormous array of discriminatory and oppressive policies. In Spotnitz’s version of the classic Philip K. Dick novel “The Man in the High Castle,” the forbidden books that characters exchange have been replaced by copies of an underground film, but the themes of subversion, rebellion and compromise remain in play.
This interview with executive producer and showrunner Spotnitz, which has been edited and condensed, »
- Maureen Ryan
"You ever think," Juliana Crain wonders, "how different life would be if you could change just one thing?" It's almost as if she knows she's one of the main characters in a story set in just such an alternate timeline: Amazon's new drama "The Man in the High Castle," where the Axis powers won World War II and divided America up into separate Japanese and German-run states. Adapted from Philip K. Dick's novel by producer Frank Spotnitz ("The X-Files," "Hunted"), the series (it debuts Friday; I've seen the first six episodes) doesn't get much into the backstory of how the Allies lost the war — all we know is that the Nazis dropped an atomic bomb on Washington, D.C. — but simply deposits us in a version of 1962 New York where swastikas adorn every corner of Times Square, Hitler's a beloved leader who appears frequently on television, and non-white faces »
- Alan Sepinwall
One of the oddest pop-culture memes of the moment has political candidates and regular citizens contemplating what they’d do if they came across Hitler as an infant. “The Man in the High Castle” takes a related tack: What would have happened if the Axis powers had not only won World War II, but had taken over large portions of North America? An elderly Hitler who has survived into the early 1960s lurks like an ominous ghost in the background of this handsome series, which expands the Philip K. Dick novel into a thoughtful meditation on the ways in which oppression worms its way into relationships and the fabric of societies.
This is a measured show — at times, truthfully, a trifle too measured — thus a welcome element of unpredictability is supplied by Rufus Sewell, who plays John Smith, a suave and seemingly unflappable Nazi official. Sewell gives his character a rich interior life, »
- Maureen Ryan
Get ready as Lionsgate transports you to a mythological world in the epic adventure Gods of Egypt. Following the five new character posters that debuted last week, we now have the official trailer for this fantasy epic. Gerard Butler stars as Set, God of the Desert, He is joined by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Horus, God of the Sky, Brenton Thwaites as Bek, Thief of Legend, Chadwick Boseman as Toth, God of Wisdom and Elodie Yung as Hathor, Goddess of Love.
Magic, monsters, gods and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the Nile River Valley in this action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero takes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, has usurped Egypt's throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. »
It wouldn’t be the early months of the year without some sort of green screen-heavy, cheap-looking, mythology-based action-adventure tentpole. Following in the footsteps of Pompeii, Clash of the Titans, Seventh Son, and many more, 2016 will bring Gods of Egypt. Despite some truly awful initial posters (seen below), this one does come from director Alex Proyas, who has shown talent in the past with Dark City and The Crow.
The first trailer has now landed, which looks to pack a bit more inventiveness than your average early-year blockbuster, but still doesn’t have us looking forward to it all that much. Starring Gerard Butler, Chadwick Boseman, Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush, Rufus Sewell, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, and Elodie Yung, check out the trailer below.
In this spectacular action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero »
- Leonard Pearce
I have to be honest, I completely forgot this movie even existed or was even a thing, but indeed, "Dark City" and "I, Robot" director Alex Proyas has made a big budget swords and sandals flick, "Gods Of Egypt." And today, the first trailer has landed to remind everyone that this movie is indeed coming, offering a first taste of the epic adventure. Chadwick Boseman, Brenton Thwaites, Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush, Rufus Sewell, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, and Elodie Yung are part of the ensemble for the movie inspired by classic myths, in which a grand romance and the fate of the world hang in the balance, as they usually do. Here's the official synopsis: In this spectacular action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek (Brenton Thwaites) undertakes a thrilling journey to save »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Unexpectedly more computer animated than live-action, the first trailer for Alex Proyas' "Gods of Egypt" takes a wild spin on Ancient Egyptian lore, showing off a film that is trying to evoke "The Mummy," "300" and "Clash of the Titans" all at once.
Brenton Thwaites, armed with a terrible weave, plays the human hero in a story of squabbling ancient gods. Gerard Butler is the villain Set and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is Thwaites' godly ally Horus in this tale which boasts an impressive cast that also includes Geoffrey Rush, Chadwick Boseman, Rufus Sewell, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, and Elodie Yung. "Gods Of Egypt" opens on February 26th 2016.
- Garth Franklin
Next year, Lionsgate will transport viewers to a mythological world in the epic adventure Gods of Egypt. Earlier today, five new character posters debuted, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, IMDb, Hitfix, Entertainment Weekly and the movie's official Twitter page, which introduces us to the five main characters. These posters feature Gerard Butler as Set, God of the Desert, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Horus, God of the Sky, Brenton Thwaites as Bek, Thief of Legend, Chadwick Boseman as Toth, God of Wisdom and Elodie Yung as Hathor, Goddess of Love.
Magic, monsters, gods and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the Nile River Valley in this action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero takes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, has usurped Egypt's throne, »
An adaptation of Philip K Dick’s Nazis in America thriller; The Fall and Ray Donovan; plus films including Sandra Bullock in Gravity, Iranian vampire horror A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and aging hipster comedy, While We’re Young
Another graduate from Amazon’s pilots project, The Man in the High Castle is based on the Philip K Dick novel set in an alternate America, where the Nazis have taken over after winning the second world war. But don’t worry, patriotic Americans: there’s an underground resistance working hard to undermine the Reich! It’s a stylish affair with a strong hook, and a solid turn from Rufus Sewell relishing his role as an all-American Nazi. Luke Kleintank and Alexa Davalos star.
Related: Have you been watching ... Ray Donovan?
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- Richard Vine
Based on Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, and executive produced by Ridley Scott, The Man in the High Castle asks what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Starring Rufus Sewell (A Knight's Tale), Luke Kleintank (Max) and Alexa Davalos (Clash Of The Titans), this show looks to paint a... Read More »
- Sean Wist
The latest trailer for Amazon Prime’s newest streaming series, "The Man In the High Castle" teases the answer to every alternate history geek's favorite question, "What if America had lost the second World War?" Read More: Nazis, New Worlds and Surprising Heart: Get Excited for Amazon and Ridley Scott's 'The Man in the High Castle' The creepy trailer presents a startling dystopian America, in which the Allies lost to the Nazis and now "Freedom is Under Control." As the terrifying alternate universe is unveiled, we learn that our flags have been marked by swastikas and we only drive Mercedes Benzes. After two unassuming souls come across a mysterious newsreel film that shows a history of the war that contradicts everything they have ever known, the trailer teases a simmering rebellious uprising that promises to pack a subversive punch. Starring Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans and Rufus Sewell, »
- Tarek Shoukri
When the news broke that Jenna Coleman is leaving Doctor Who, it was said that part of her reasoning was down to landing the lead role in Victoria, ITV’s new period drama about the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign.
Today, we’ve got our first look at her in the royal role. Here’s the image…
Interestingly, two other faces from the world of Doctor Who have also joined the cast. Eve Myles of Torchwood and Tommy Knight of The Sarah Jane Adventures have both signed up for unknown roles. Rufus Sewell of Dark City will portray Lord Melbourne, the first Prime Minister to work alongside Queen Victoria.
The show will start with Victoria as an 18-year-old and work up to her marriage with Prince Albert. »
Jenna Coleman is starring in Victoria, ITV’s eight-part drama that follows the early life of Queen Victoria from her accesion to the throne at the age of 18 through to her courtship with and marriage to Prince Albert. Rufus Sewell, recently seen in Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, has joined the cast as Lord Melbourne who was Victoria's first prime minister. The two immediately connected and their intimate friendship became a popular source of gossip that threatened… »
Melbourne formed an intimate friendship with Victoria, with their intimate friendship becoming a popular source of gossip that threatened to destabilise the Government.
Myles will play Mrs Jenkins, the Queen's senior dresser, while Knight is the hall boy, Brodie. Spooks star Peter Firth, Being Human actor Paul Rhys and Outlander's Nell Hudson are also among the cast.
Victoria has been written by novelist Daisy Goodwin, in her screenwriting debut. Shooting begins later this month on the 90-minute »
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