Netflix new series Maniac is a story about a unique drug trial. The pharmaceutical trial is said to be something that will help its participants get rid of all the problems in their minds whatsoever.
Emma Stone and Jonah Hill are two of the many participants who are want to solve the problems in their life. Emma is dealing with the death of her mother and sister, while Jonah is trying to make peace with a schizophrenia attack.
After a lot of back and worth, Emma enters the trial. She is already addicted to a drug and wants to have more of it and hence wants to be part of the trial. It starts and brings a lot of hallucinations with them, with the participants each trying to win over than one thing which is affecting their mental health. In this case, Emma is trying to make peace with her sister, while Jonah keeps encountering his brother in every of his hallucination who continually tells him that he has to save the world and hence be focused. Jonah and Emma keep coming in each other’s hallucinations and trying to save each other to believe all of it is real.
Each of the hallucination starts with a different level drug and has a different story. Towards the end of the trial, Emma and Jonah unite to save their co-participants from the AI conducting the trial going rogue. Towards the end, Emma is a changed woman and reaches out to Jonah to a possible life together.
What Wow? Emma and Jonah have given good performances in the series. Emma easily goes through her different characters that she plays in her hallucinations. The direction of the series is good, and the different places captured in the hallucinations are put together nicely.
What Blah? The series has many moments which may go unnoticed by the audiences. Not because they are bad, but many a times there are just too many characters in the frame and the audiences do not really know whom to focus on. It becomes confusing at times, with the big information available on the screen.
Parting Shot: Maniac will stay back as a series with you, with all the good performances and the layered hallucinations. Emma and Jonah’s performances, amongst all, are commendable.
Cast and Crew
Cast: Emma Stone, Jonah Hill
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Maniac is now streaming on Netflix