Solos Review: Anthology On World Under Siege Showcases 8

Solos Review

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren, Uzo Aduba, Anthony Mackie, Dan Stevens, Nicole Beharie and Constance Wu

Directors: David Well, Sam Taylor-Jonson, Zach Braff and Tiffany Johnson

Rating: 3.5 Stars (Out of 5)

The world is under siege. The ‘new normal’ is anything but reassuring. Humans in confinement, pulled apart from each other and grappling with grief, anxiety and befuddlement, are fending for themselves. But are we really alone? And are we entirely safe? Solos, Amazon Studios’ seven-part anthology series, liberally employing sci-fi devices, shows us why and how we may be neither. If in the face of a devastating pandemic we aren’t without hope, it is only because a sense of solidarity hasn’t deserted mankind. Healing is always within the realms of possibility.

Showrunner David Weil (the creator of the Al Pacino series Hunters) crafts a showcase for eight fine actors who bring empathy and intelligence to bear upon the interpretation of isolated, beleaguered individuals as they struggle to seek solace within themselves – and without.

The stories, underpinned by a tech-heavy, futuristic quality, span a wide time-frame and encompass nearly the entire 21st century. Some of the characters reveal themselves through monologues; others lay bare their inner demons through a mix of confessions and conversations (with bots and other voice mechanisms integrated into the storyline).

Each episode takes its title from a character: Leah, Tom, Peg, Sasha, Jenny, Nera and Stuart. Each protagonist has a distinct story, not necessarily limited only to experiences during the coronavirus outbreak although all of them (but one) are restricted within a closed space.

(Source : NDTV)

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