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Beautiful but blunt, "Crocodile"'s nightmarish concept can't quite overcome its own shallow nihilism.
The lead of "Crocodile" is too nakedly evil, too lacking in redeeming features, to make that idea remotely compelling.
The award for most nightmarish goes to "Crocodile," a chill-inducing psychological carnage-fest filmed in the style of Scandinavian noir that I would happily unsee, if such a nefarious technology existed, thank you very much.
Ultimately, it's all a little too predictable, the intersection of technology with flawed humanity bringing about an expected response. Though there's a lot to enjoy, this is definitely one of Black Mirror's lesser episodes.
The result - directed impressively by Lawless filmmaker John Hillcoat - is an often stylistically pleasing but disappointingly shallow equivalent to being hit over the head by a toaster for no real purpose.
To the extent that the plot and the technology converge, it's almost mundane, with little functional difference between the show and the real world, which makes the character's actions that much more horrifying.
A descent into hell that contrasts with the freezing cold of the Icelandic landscapes in which this remarkable episode of the fourth season was filmed. [Full Review in Spanish]
Directed with unflinching, up-close grotesquery by John Hillcoat.
Most of "Crocodile" plays out like a slow-motion nightmare, where you can see the next beat coming just before it happens, and then have to sit and watch in horror as it does. It's a good match for director John Hillcoat.
This one is ultimately too bitter a pill to swallow.
There's so much here that links to other Black Mirror episodes, with memory and privacy being two of the show's great themes.
Though beautifully shot and wonderfully performed, the episode is a rare miss for Brooker, an indulgent, barbaric installment that will leave you feeling in need of a shower after watching.
Sleek and skeletal.