Maniac (2018)
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Having a Day 

Muramoto notices irregularities in Annie and Owen's data. He questions Owen, who recalls the worst night of his life: his brother's engagement party.


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
Sally Field ... Dr. Greta Mantleray
Jemima Kirke ... Adelaide
Billy Magnussen ... Jed Milgrim
Trudie Styler ... Angelica Milgrim
Allyce Beasley ... 11
Kathleen Choe ... 3
Stephen Hill ... 7
Danny Hoch ... 5
James Monroe Iglehart ... Carl
Rome Kanda ... Dr. Muramoto


Muramoto notices irregularities in Annie and Owen's data. He questions Owen, who recalls the worst night of his life: his brother's engagement party.

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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?


At around the 27minute mark, a disk can be seen on the desk of Dr. James K. Mantleray's (played by Justin Theroux) entitled 'Beasts of Urination'. This is a pun on 'Beasts of No Nation' (2015) written/directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga who also created/directed 'Maniac' (2018). See more »


At 28:57 mark, when Dr.Mantleray goes to swipe the security card to enter the lab, he swipes the card with the stripe away from the reader. Moments later he is holding it in the correct position again. See more »


Annie Landsberg: Let's go back out there and pretend nothing fucked up happened.
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family vacation..
3 July 2019 | 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.

Having A Day

It is engaging and layered with new character's insight that moves the plotline further with gripping and humorous tone that is passed on to the viewers by Hill and the sharp pragmatic writing instead of some sketchy sequences or even notions.

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