Review: Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 5 “Metal Head”

While the black and white vistas may look gorgeous, with the cinematography excellently creating tension in both intimate spaces and wide, expansive landscapes, such an artistic imprint feels purposeless other than to enforce a post-apocalyptic tone. Purposeless is the epitome of this episode, as while it draws upon horror tropes in both a scary and humorous manner in the third act, there is little to no narrative or character focus here. That would be fine if the world was fleshed out, or potent themes were injected, but little is served up. Consequently, this Black Mirror episode suffers from its own inventiveness and wacky view on the genre, striving to express technological downfall, but not willing to give audiences an clues, answers or teases at the larger scope. 5.5

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