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Men Against Fire 

Future soldiers Stripe and Raiman must protect frightened villagers from an infestation of vicious feral mutants.

Director:

Jakob Verbruggen

Writer:

Charlie Brooker
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Malachi Kirby ... Stripe
Madeline Brewer ... Raiman
Ariane Labed ... Catarina
Sarah Snook ... Medina
Michael Kelly ... Arquette
Kola Bokinni ... Lennard
Francis Magee ... Parn Heidekker
Aruhan Galieva Aruhan Galieva ... Village Mother
Simon Connolly ... Doctor
Dean Ashton Dean Ashton ... Guard Bradley
Kavé Niku ... Villager (as Kave Niku)
Thomas Thoroe ... Villager #2
Loreece Harrison ... Dream Girl
Toby Oliver Toby Oliver ... Boy Roach
Michael Birch Michael Birch ... Roach
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Future soldiers Stripe and Raiman must protect frightened villagers from an infestation of vicious feral mutants.

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

The title "Men Against Fire" comes from a book by US Army historian S.L.A. Marshall by the same name. In it, Marshall claims that in World War II fewer than 25% of soldiers in combat fired their weapons at the enemy. This is quoted by Arquette in his conversations with Stripe. See more »

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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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A brilliant episode shedding light on the possibilities and consequences of mass manipulation, subtle propaganda and systematic control
29 April 2018 | by winner-98765See all my reviews

We all have different expectations of what an episode of Black Mirror should be, but this, for me, is it. The indirect exposure to the social ills that plague us, to the systematic exploitation of our brothers and sisters, to the possible disastrous effects of future technologies, to the brutal efficacy with which we are controlled.

This episode is brilliantly acted, written and directed. It takes you into the character's mind and you see and hear only what they know. We mostly look through the lens of our own beliefs and view points, and reject the others. And you, along with the main character, slowly stumble upon the truth, which can only be established by considering everything. You will slowly begin to realize what is truly happening here, and you couldn't help but praise the ingenuity with which this was done.

We as a species have always been invested in making progress, increasing our knowledge, and making ourselves smart. A soundproof way to doing that is by eliminating genes that inhibit us, and helping the propagation of only those genes which help us. This has been a key propaganda issue in the 20th century and this century and is very likely to be the focus as we make progress in DNA mapping and genetic engineering. Just as we have designed dogs to be cute, playful and loyal by killing those which lack these qualities, we can design our future population too. To do that we need to have control over the populace and have means to control them, you need to have enough power and sway to contain any rebellious elements. The episode conveys this effortlessly, not once appearing to try to hard.

A true Black Mirror episode. I only wish the ending scene with Doug could have been better executed.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Danish

Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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House Of Tomorrow See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.00 : 1
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