Maniac: the perfect combo
A cross between Inception and Black Mirror, the series Maniac mixes dreamlike escapades with futuristic technology, while reuniting Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. Ten years after Superbad, the acting duo are back in this black comedy directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (at the controls of the first series of True Detective) inspired by the eponymous Norwegian series. The show follows the story of two unknowns involved in a pharmaceutical experiment led by Dr. James K. Mantleray – played by Justin Theroux (The Leftovers) – striving to cure them of a mental illness yet to be named. It’s on ingesting a miracle pill with its apparently incredible benefits, that the trials careen into disaster and paths open into a fantastical world between dream and reality. It also stars Jemima Kirke (one of the four heroines in Girls) and Sally Field (who has more than proved her credentials over the years, not least with Lincoln).
“Maniac”, with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, on Netflix.