The Show

An unsettling look at reality television, where a disturbing game show has its contestants ending their lives for the public's enjoyment.


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  • ★★★½ review by Gazelle Garcia on Letterboxd

    SXSW 2017

    A brutal satirical drama, reminding us the shared responsible we have as an audience; that our curiosity and desire for public misery has shaped reality television.

    At the end of the film Josh Duhamel came on stage and asked the theater "Who's feeling uplifted?" The response was uncomfortable laughter.

    In the beginning This is Your Death hasn't become a concept for a show yet, but the events that spark the idea are tragic yet also lend for some very humorous commentary. As we meet other characters struggling with issues separate from that of the television studio in hot water, it's clear what direction we're going in but be warned that things get much darker than you would expect. My laughter turned into wide mouth gaping, later evolving into sobbing. I'm very sure that was their intention, so job well done.

  • ★★★½ review by Jacob Knight on Letterboxd

    The latest entry into Wokesploitation. Somewhat inept as a film, but totally potent as trashy, melodramatic exploitation about exploitation. The type of lurid weirdness Larry Cohen would've churned out, had reality TV been a thing when he was on a tear with his cheapies.

  • ★★★★ review by J.P. Vitale on Letterboxd

    Aka. "The Show", this is a movie directed by the great actor Giancarlo Esposito, who also plays a major role in the movie. It's basically the 2007 Eva Mendes satire "Live!" Played much straighter and more genuine and unfortunately also a tougher sit and fairly heavy-handed.

    Don't get me wrong, it's still satirical but a lot less ruthless and toothless than the Eva Mendes film, this feels very heavy-handed at points though I still liked it.

    Be warned, though. This was a tough watch!

  • ★★★★ review by Heather Forrester on Letterboxd

    An episode of Black Mirror

  • ★★★½ review by Jason on Letterboxd

    What would you do, a movie concept

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