Maniac (2018)
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The Chosen One! 

Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Owen is the black sheep of the wealthy Milgrim clan. After losing his job, he enrolls in an experimental drug trial.


Cary Joji Fukunaga




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Stone ... Annie Landsberg
Jonah Hill ... Owen Milgrim
Justin Theroux ... Dr. James K. Mantleray
Sonoya Mizuno ... Dr. Azumi Fujita
Gabriel Byrne ... Porter Milgrim
Jemima Kirke ... Adelaide
Billy Magnussen ... Jed Milgrim
Trudie Styler ... Angelica Milgrim
Allyce Beasley ... 11
Geoffrey Cantor ... Frank
Kathleen Choe ... 3
David Fierro ... Ad Buddy
Leo Fitzpatrick ... Lance
Jojo Gonzalez ... Agent Lopez
Stephen Hill ... 7


Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Owen is the black sheep of the wealthy Milgrim clan. After losing his job, he enrolls in an experimental drug trial.

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

21 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Written in giant letters along the wall of the waiting room at Neberdine [Pharmaceutical Biotech] is a Japanese sentence meaning "[we/you/it]* can change [your] fate".

-(note: Japanese often doesn't use personal pronouns. The subject is instead determined by the context) See more »


Regarding the Ad Buddy, Audra Avery, who Annie is asking about paying for a bus ticket: The signature on her identification clearly does not say "Audra Avery" See more »


James Mantleray: Hypothesis: all souls are on a quest to connect. Corollary: our minds have no awareness of this quest. Hypothesis: all the worlds that almost were matter just as much as the world we're in. Corollary: these hidden worlds cause us great pain. Camaraderie, communion, family, friendship, love, what have you. We're lost without connection. It's quite terrible to be alone. Put simply, my goal is to eradicate all unnecessary and inefficient forms of human pain. Forever. We must evolve past our ...
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References Boulder Dash (1984) See more »


Mind Playin' Tricks on Me
Written by Willie Dennis, Isaac Hayes, Scarface, and Doug King
Performed by Geto Boys
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it's not about the money..
22 September 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews


Maniac is a character driven mini-series about two unique personas that decides to go under a scientific experiment and finds themselves bonding and exploring a newer world together. Created by Fukunaga and Sommerville, this sci-fi drama won't let you think that it is merely a series, for its set-pieces, production and art design along with jaw dropping visual effects gives you the apt cinematic experience.

Along with these rich technical aspects, its comic based background score and stunning cinematography celebrates and justifies this tricky and twisted concept. The narrative is often stretched and too thin, but has gripping and adaptive structure to hold on to and since its premise allows it to jump from one illusion to another, its sub-plots and short stories are enough to attain the satisfying closure in each episodes.

The zest to tell an honest and uncompromising tale fuels this sometimes emotionally shallow drama into a more raunchy and gut wrenching tale whose credit goes to none other than Fukunaga whose precision is far beyond one's imagination, he can easily surprise you through his sharp insight of the character's perspective. His creative world actually runs on subconscious thoughts and the major strength of his, is to not only fiddling with those characters but also the viewers where the entire frame of the screen along with props and background score that are used competently.

Stone has emotions on the surface and with her expressive portrayal of a disturbed girl is amazing and on the other hand Hill is more reserved and subtle and addition to that, the supporting cast like Theroux and Field too delivers. The dark humor that runs smoothly which not only draws laugh but can scare you at times, the sweat drop precision of Fukunaga and the metaphorical concept that literally is imputed in each frame, are the high points of the mini-series.

The Chosen One

Off to a great start with a perpetual score and multiple characters that are synced in from the first frame, with smart editing and execution especially when it speaks on both levels, that is audibly by narrating and visually by projecting tiny notions of the characteristics of the characters.

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