Critic Consensus: "Men Against Fire" boasts high production value and a disquieting conclusion, but this Black Mirror installment suffers from a blunt central theme that many viewers may find too on the nose to sustain an episode.
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Critic reviews for Men Against Fire
Men Against Fire is one of the better episodes of the series, I think, because it actually featured a sharp twist with a message, and one that wasn't as obvious as the show's usual sermons (technology: bad, mob mentality: bad, brain implants: v. v. bad).
Men Against Fire delves into the military Black Mirror style, and if that sounds like a combination of all kinds of frightening, you, dear reader, are right on the mark.
The message of Men Against Fire is one of compassion... it's a message that's more important now than ever. Brooker may bludgeon us over the head with it, but maybe our heads were in need of some bludgeoning.
Men Against Fire is a meandering bore, not even able to proffer the visual flare making even the most mediocre Black Mirror episode an aesthetic accomplishment.
"Men Against Fire" is easier to appreciate than it is to actually like, mainly because it has so much on its mind and wants to tackle subjects that need to be tackled.
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