An American traveler short on cash signs up to test a revolutionary new gaming system, but soon can't tell where the hoot game ends and reality begins.



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Episode credited cast:
Shou Saito
Cooper's Mum
Josh Peters
Jessica Neil ...
Scared Girl on Plane
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jade Clarke ...
Pub Local
Airline Passenger
James Tufnell ...
Lab Technician


An American traveler short on cash signs up to test a revolutionary new gaming system, but soon can't tell where the hoot game ends and reality begins.

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller



Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA)  »

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2.20 : 1
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In Sonja's video game collection, the game Dark Souls II can be seen. The actress who plays Sonja, Hannah John-Kamen, was a voice actor for Dark Souls II, in which she played the character Sweet Shalquoir. See more »


Katie: We're going to commence with deactivation.
Cooper: Oh, that's great news.
Katie: We need you to follow instructions and make it to the access point.
Cooper: The access point? Great. Where the fuck's the access point?... Oh, fuck! More stairs? Come on!
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One of the most intense pieces of cinema I have ever witnessed
23 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let me start by saying that I rarely find the need to write physical reviews for many things, but then again that doesn't even matter. There was no doubt in my mind that I needed to inform others about the sheer audacity of this amazing episode.

As a fan of Black Mirror, I was excited to start this season. The first episode was very well-executed and I'm not quite sure what I was going to expect for the second episode.

But let me tell you.

This is one of the most well-made, well-directed, well-acted, truly terrifying, most intense pieces of television/film that I have ever seen. And I've seen some pretty disturbing s***. Nothing compares to what I just witnessed with this episode. Everything was so expertly crafted, that it made the climax that much more satisfying. I don't even know how to begin to process this episode.

I am truly in awe of how much time, effort and dedication the creators put into this show, let alone this singular episode. It is clear that both the writers and directors of this show truly care about phenomenal filmmaking.

Also, shout out to Dan Trachtenberg for directing this episode. As a debut director with 10 Cloverfield Ln, he was a force to be reckoned with. With this entry of Black Mirror, he proves that he won't hold back. Excited to see more from him! Second shout out to Netflix, as the distributor for this season. You guys really know what people want to see!

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