Black Mirror (2011– )
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Smithereens 

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A cab driver with an agenda becomes the centre of attention on a day that rapidly spirals out of control.

Director:

James Hawes

Writers:

Charlie Brooker (created by), Charlie Brooker
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Scott ... Chris Gillhaney
Damson Idris ... Jaden
Topher Grace ... Billy Bauer
Monica Dolan ... CS Linda Grace
Amanda Drew Amanda Drew ... Hayley
Daniel Ings ... David Gilkes
Ruibo Qian ... Penelope Wu
Ambreen Razia ... WPC Najma Haque
Calum Callaghan Calum Callaghan ... PC Damien Bullen
Quincy Dunn-Baker ... Don
Mirirai Sithole ... Shonelle
Laura Morgan ... Thalia
Caitlin Innes Edwards ... Hannah Kent
Maggie Bain ... Maryam
Conrad Khan ... Dibbs
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Storyline

After kidnapping an intern at a tech company, a mysterious Uber driver is surrounded by police in a meadow. The story follows an hours long standoff between the police and the kidnapper, who doesn't want money or to harm his victim, as his true motive slowly becomes clearer the further that the situation spirals out of control.

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Gravesend, Kent, England, UK See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

On the smart display at Smithereen headquarters, there is a mention of Prime Minister Callow from the pilot episode, The National Anthem (2011). See more »

Goofs

After being stopped, he pulls the bag off of the victim's head. His face is covered with sweat. After the scene changes, he's dry. See more »

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How is this not Black Mirror?
6 June 2019 | by cignat-98-24648See all my reviews

Black Mirror exposes pitfalls and effects of using and abusing technology. And this episode is about that, yet not within a hypothetical sci-fi future but nowadays.

There is more complexity to the story than the so-called predictable ending. For instance the CEO going back to its seclusion at the end, the image with his eyes closing, this is powerful. And the fact that company knows more than police, or FBI being just a messenger, or the attacker finding useful info from the media in real time, or the dehumanizing layers of corporate involvement having checklists to anything and doing their part in managing a monster they create but no longer control. All this is not groundbreaking original, but they were all put together very well, supported by the great performance of the lead, in a thrilling hour of quality entertainment, with also engaging the mind and awareness.

This is not the most original Black Mirror episode, nor the most engaging about the future. But it's the most effective in raising awareness, and for that, my all time favorite.


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