IMDb 7.8 / 10
Total viewing time: 7 hours, 20 minutes
San Francisco, the near future. Events take place on the basis of the fictional IT giant Amaya, which is managed by the mysterious CEO Forrest. After a successful presentation of his own project to the director, developer Sergey Pavlov gets a position in a secret unit that deals with quantum computers. He is very glad that he will finally find out what the department is working on. A day later, Sergey never appears at home: his charred body is found not far from Amaya’s main office …
Gloomy eight-episode series about the Silicon Valley of the future from the director “From the Machine” and “Annihilation” Alex Garland. Paranoia, espionage, the cyber race of superpowers, the dark layers of IT are the main hashtags of the series.
Amid the landscape of peppy, sensible sitcoms about nerds and IT specialists, “Developed” leave a disturbing impression. The series in places very elegantly leads to an uncomfortable thought – any achievement of the techhai will be militarized and sneak away into the Pentagon and MI-6. Today’s hipster pet-friendly offices with granola and kombucha mutate in megacorporations, where not the most faithful employees will end up in packages.
Devs remains a gloriously handsome watch. A show about people working with computers might sound like a dry proposition, but Garland constantly expands and expands, intercutting the action with stunning, atmospheric shots of San Francisco, reminding us of the wider world outside of the insular universe the characters are inhabiting.