TV Review: Electric Dreams (Season 1, Episode 5)
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This week's episode of Electric Dreams is a tale of overlapping, contradicting, alternate realities. It is a condensed blockbuster thriller, with the star power to match. In the first world, Anna Paquin plays Sarah, a futuristic cop chasing down the man responsible for the massacre of her colleagues a year before, from which she was the only survivor. As she grows tenser and struggles with everyday life, her wife offers her the use of a virtual reality device which allows her subconscious to imagine herself in another world. When she wakes in the other reality in present day as George, a tech billionaire who has turned vigilante in the pursuit of his wife’s killer, many aspects of her life are seen in his, or vice versa. George, played by Terrence Howard, also has a sort of virtual reality headset, which he dons to then wake as Sarah in her own reality. ‘Real Life’ starts slow but gathers momentum, lurching so rapidly between worlds that very quickly the audience, alongside the characters, lose sight of what is real and what is an illusion. It might well be the best, and certainly the most unsettling and mesmerising instalment thus far in this anthology series.
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