Men Against Fire
Black Mirror Season 3

59%

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Critic Ratings: 22
Critics 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.

Episode Info

Future soldiers Stripe (Malachi Kirby) and Raiman (Madeline Brewer) must protect frightened villagers from an infestation of vicious feral mutants. Technologically, they have the edge - but will that help them survive?

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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).

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This episode delves deep into the dangers of conformity and indoctrination -- demonizing The Other in a way that has obvious parallels to the Nazis and the Jews, but can more broadly apply to any group your side dislikes.

Jun 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Once you recognize the direction it's headed in, however, the impact of the story might make you want to discard the news forever, because you've realized once again you're not just watching a show. You're already living it.

Aug 18, 2018 | Rating: 9.4/10 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 4, 2018 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

"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.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

It's so strongly hedged in heavy-handed messaging and, frankly, hammy acting that anything worthwhile gets lost in some awfully melodramatic clutter.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The relevant episode takes on modern warfare, with a Black Mirror-like test of morality, but the ending still leaves much to be desired.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

"Men Against Fire" Is the best episode in Black Mirror's third season.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It's an intriguing premise undermined by somewhat sloppy execution.

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…