Black Mirror (2011– )
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Playtest 

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

Director:

Dan Trachtenberg

Writer:

Charlie Brooker
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Wyatt Russell ... Cooper Redfield
Hannah John-Kamen ... Sonja
Wunmi Mosaku ... Katie
Ken Yamamura ... Shou Saito
Elizabeth Moynihan ... Cooper's Mum
Jamie Paul ... Rick Peters
Jessica Neil Jessica Neil ... Scared Girl on Plane (as Jessica Nell)
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Storyline

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

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

House Of Tomorrow See more »
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Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Several references are made to the Indiana Jones franchise. Sonja (Hannah John-Kamen) compares Cooper (Wyatt Russell) to Indiana Jones, the bar where they meet is named The Raven (as is Marion's bar in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)), and Cooper mimics ripping the heart from the figure in the house while shouting "Kali Ma," mimicking Mola Ram's character in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). See more »

Goofs

In the end credits, the character of "Josh Peters" is incorrectly listed as "Rick Peters". See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

References Face/Off (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Mama Liked The Roses
Written by John L. Christopher
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Edge of the seat viewing.
8 January 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

This episode packed in so much, talk about a thrill ride. After a slightly casual, meandering start it develops into what has to be described as classic Black Mirror. When these episodes hit on a theme or a concept that makes you say to yourself 'that could possibly happen,' they work better, and boy this one is along those lines. With the advancements in gaming tech over the years, why on Earth couldn't something like this happen. Outrageous production values, a terrifying concept, fabulous performances, notably from Wyatt Russell and Wunmi Mosaku (the latter being one of the best British talents we have!) all elements add up to make Playtest a rip roaring ride of terror, 57 minutes you'll not want to miss.

Would you kindly open the door?


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