Reality TV gets it in the neck.
Mad as hell, Josh Duhamel’s traumatised game-show host wants to give America’s TV viewers a wake-up call. So with the aid of Famke Janssen’s heartless network executive, he devises a reality show that gives members of the public the opportunity to kill themselves live on television for money. Fostering empathy is his aim, but the initial idealism soon gets lost as the show’s ratings and the audience’s bloodlust rise.
Clearly inspired by 1976’s Oscar-winning Network, satirical thriller This Is Your Death (aka The Show) is both utterly implausible and thoroughly predictable. No prizes for guessing where the parallel narratives featuring Giancarlo Esposito’s struggling blue-collar family man and Sarah Wayne Callies’ pill-popping, emotionally fragile nurse are heading.
Certificate 18. Runtime 105 mins. Director Giancarlo Esposito
This Is Your Death debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on 11 January. Available on Digital from Ace Entertainment.