Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot

Season 1

DVD - 2016
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Enter the "completely captivating" world of Mr. Robot. Cyber-security engineer by day and vigilante hacker by night, Elliot finds himself at a crossroads when the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the firm he is paid to protect. Compelled by his personal beliefs, Elliot struggles to resist the chance to take down the multinational CEOs he believes are running (and ruining) the world.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2016]
Branch Call Number: Feature
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,Region 1
widescreen (1.78:1),24 fps
3 videodiscs (485 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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chaliser
Oct 28, 2017

An existential examination through a multi-thematic story, while on the top of it is about a slightly future world wherein the economy has (apparently in just the dozen or so years recent to the action here) been turned fascist through takeover, apparently by one corporation. In spite of that (well, it didn't hurt it for me any), It fairly thoroughly engaged my attention. So... a young hacker is working with his accomplices (friends, frienemies, and/or...) to "save the world" - back or forward (?) - to a more economically fair world. One of his underlying motivations, the death of his father at the hands of this corporation, provides a murky shadow underworld to his psyche. This, of course, sets up the existential examination. That comes through one of the over-riding themes, or set of themes -- in essence, a twisted multi-level psycho-thriller (subtle at first, depending on your own nature of perception), using a first person narrative of, by, and for the hows and whys of the existence or purpose of the main character. The psycho-thriller aspect deepens in the computer-based warfare, not to exclude the increasingly pervasive psychological warfare, in a never-ending guessing game of who's-really-who and-who's-on-who's-side among a variety of very deeply shadowed individuals, none without at least potentially redeeming elements. Not just existentially speaking: a good example of why it's best to keep the roller-coaster on the screen (and not in your life, and certainly not in our politics).

[By "Existential, I don't necessarily mean "spiritual." However, metaphors abound, again, depending on the nature of one's perception. "Save the world" is one of those phrases that immediately raise flags with any therapist, by the way, But then we live in a world of extremes now. And diversity of mind is becoming appreciated in many segments of society, including the scholastic psychological. Albeit "diversity" is one of those words that would seem to require a manual of interpretation (or a cheeked tongue extraction unit) to go along with it... AND I've only watched Season 1! ;-) ]

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ScorchingSun
Aug 29, 2017

A strange journey into the brilliant but damaged mind of a tech nerd.
Some moments, especially in the first part, may seem slow but stay the course and you will find the last part is a wild ride.

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daysleeper236
Aug 09, 2017

Loved it. Combines the paranoia of House of Cards, the conspiracy theories of The X-Files, the drug culture of Breaking Bad, the 80s-style synth soundtrack of Stranger Things, the office politics of Mad Men and the nerdiness of The Big Bang Theory. Fantastic writing and superb acting. Highly, highly recommended.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Apr 20, 2017

Unusual, but entertaining look at "hacker culture". Intriguing plot lines, which I couldn't always follow, but which take you in along with the tension and angst of the lead character. Doesn't pull any punches, that's for sure. Some of the twists can be disconcerting, but par for the course when you're trying to change the world!

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PeterRLD
Mar 06, 2017

I started out not liking the first episode - it sounded to me like a bunch of juvenile Bernie Sanders supporters mindlessly mouthing slogans against evil corporate America. But while that mantra never quite goes away, the dynamic between the hackers and friends eventually asserts itself as a more absorbing story. Also, I enjoyed the hacking scenes, which were a big step above the usual click, click, click - I'm in! Elliot is a bit of cliche of the antisocial programmer, but he brings enough weirdness to it that it didn't bother me. I ended up liking the show a lot.

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therhiannamater
Jan 23, 2017

Man. There are not enough good things to say about this show. Esmail is an incredible writer, one that certainly thinks beyond just episode to episode. Rami Malek gives such a commanding performance as our unreliable narrator with an unforgivingly bleak outlook on society as a whole, but somehow still manages to be likable. All of the characters are multi-dimensional and bring something uniquely enticing to every scene. Add to that some twists that had zero warning but still make perfect sense left me thinking that this is some of the most brilliant writing I've seen on cable TV. This isn't for everyone, though. I'll be the first to admit this show will be off-putting to a lot of people with its cynical edge, but I definitely think it's worth a shot.

PS: That soundtrack. A+

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Calvacade
Jan 12, 2017

I was pretty unimpressed by this series- it started off with a semi-interesting premise, but it was let down by weak writing and some bad acting. Too bad.

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CarolK_0
Jan 05, 2017

After watching several episodes, which are intriguing, I had to give up. No closed captioning!

AL_ALICIA Dec 08, 2016

I found this show to be thoroughly entertaining with just enough intrigue to lead to binge watching an entire season over the course of only a couple days. The acting is impeccable and while the anarchist themes of overthrowing evil corporations may seem somewhat overdone, the message is strong and writing intelligent. I highly recommend this show for fans of Breaking Bad or V for Vendetta.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Nov 14, 2016

Not what I expected ... I was hoping for more mind blowing hacking plots. All the drugs & carnal 50 shades of sex detracts from the intellectual ingenuity for me. Interesting hack outcome. Perhaps we need hacks to move us toward a society depicted in Gene Roddenberry's Federation of United Planets world of no currency, no starvation.

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bumblebutt
Jun 29, 2016

rightous and beautiful, spoken true.

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2016

Elliot, voice-over: There's a saying. The devil's at his strongest while we're looking the other way, like a program running in the background silently, while we're busy doing other shit. Daemons, they call them. They perform action without user interaction. Monitoring, logging, notifications. Primal urges, repressed
memories, unconscious habits. They're always there, always active. We can try to be right, we can try to be good. We can try to make a difference, but it's all bullshit. 'Cause intentions are irrelevant. They don't drive us. Daemons do. And me? I've got more than most. ... Daemons... they don't stop working. They're always active. They seduce. They manipulate. They own us. And even though you're with me even though I created you, it makes no difference. We all must deal with them alone. The best we can hope for... the only silver lining in all of this... is that when we break through, we find a few familiar faces waiting on the other side.

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2016

Whiterose: Oh, 60 seconds and this meeting will be over.
Elliot: Wait.
Whiterose: The concept of waiting bewilders me. There are always deadlines. There are always ticking clocks. That's why you must manage your time.
Elliot: I'll find a way to remove the honeypot.
Whiterose: Until 16 seconds ago, you were not aware there was a honeypot. This does not inspire confidence.
Elliot: Wait.
Whiterose: There's that word again.
Elliot: We'll take care of it. You know you could have told us about the honeypot weeks ago.
Whiterose: Every hacker has her fixation. You hack people, I hack time. So you should know that when I set a time line, there's a reason.

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2016

Angela: It's just that...well, I can't help but wonder, why do you seem so confident? Everyone else is worried, but you? You're sure that you're gonna get through this. Why?
Price: Hmm. People did this. Right? I mean, aliens didn't invade our planet. Zeus didn't come out of the
heavens to destroy us. Zombies haven't risen from the dead. No. Whoever's behind this, they're just people... like you and me. Except, of course, I have the full weight of the biggest conglomerate in the world behind me. You'll come to realize that when you have that, matters like this, they tend to crack... under that weight.
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Price: Angela, just a word of advice. Don't talk your way out of a compliment.

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2016

Krista: What is it about society that disappoints you so much?
Elliot: Oh, I don't know. Is it that we collectively thought Steve Jobs was a great man, when when we knew he made billions off the backs of children? Or maybe it's that it feels like all our heroes are counterfeit. the world itself js just a big hoax. Spamming with our running commentary of bullshit masquerading as insight, our social media faking as intimacy. Or is it that we voted for this? Not with our rigged elections, but with our things, our property, our money. I'm not saying anything new. We all know why we do this, not because Hunger Games books make us happy but because we wanna be sedated. Because it's painful not to pretend, because we're cowards.

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2016

Elliot: What I'm about to tell you is top secret. There's a powerful group of people out there that are secretly running the world. I'm talking about the guys, no one knows about the guys who are invisible. The top 1% of the top 1%. The guys that play God without permission. And now I think they're following me.
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Tyrell: Give a man a gun and he can rob a Bank. Give a man a Bank and he can rob the world.
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Tyrell: Well, now it's you and me. ... I have to know. Why did you do it? What did you hope to accomplish by doing all of this?
Elliot: I don't know. ... I wanted to save the world.
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Mr. Robot: The world is a dangerous place, Elliott, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.

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