Mr. Robot

I’m late to the party!!!

A friend gifted me a subscription to Amazon Prime Video for Christmas and I came upon this show. WOW…I’m blown away. I was introduced to the actor Rami Malek while screening the brilliant film ” Bohemian Rhapsody” @ The Angelica Theater last fall and discovered he was the main Actor in Mr. Robot … which brought me to this series.

“Mr. Robot” is not a show which invites you in. It’s standoffish, reticent, only willing to make you care when prodded to do so, and even then it will resist. Yet if you are willing to engage and willing to challenge yourself, it’s some of the most fascinating television happening right now.

Young, anti-social computer programmer Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer during the day, but at night he is a vigilante hacker. He is recruited by the mysterious leader of an underground group of hackers to join their organization. Elliot’s task? Help bring down corporate America, including the company he is paid to protect, which presents him with a moral dilemma. Although he works for a corporation, his personal beliefs make it hard to resist the urge to take down the heads of multinational companies that he believes are running — and ruining — the world.

What makes this latest season of Mr. Robot so good isn’t the fact that it speaks to current politics, it’s that it’s back to doing more of the things it did well in season one, but doing them even better. Esmail, who directs all the episodes, remains a flashy and ambitious filmmaker, framing certain shots to be extra-top-heavy (one of his signatures) and capturing chaotic scenes via lengthy tracking shots.

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