Just how far will someone go to be the number one TV show in America? How about putting suicides on a live TV show with people giving money to their families?
Rogers is, understandably, shaken but then takes to the air on a breakfast TV show, hosted by James Franco (The Vault, Sausage Party), and rants about the state of TV and how the deaths were everyone’s fault.
The head of the network, Famke Janssen (X-Men, Taken), decides to take advantage of the situation by exploiting a loophole that would allow people to commit suicide on live TV.
Rogers and a producer, Caitlin FitzGerald (It’s Complicated, Always Shine), are both reluctant, naturally, but Rogers says he’ll do it if he’s allowed full control.
The show is, despite controversary, a huge ratings hit and rockets to the top of the charts. It makes a huge star of Rogers but, with his new found fame and money, he becomes a monster and takes things too far, if you can believe that.
In his new found power-hungry mode, Rogers neglects the only family he’s got, his sister, Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break (TV), Colony (TV)) who has a history of issues herself.
The Show paints a grim view of reality TV and the lengths people will go to for fame and fortune. We also witness what would make someone go on a show like this as we follow, Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad (TV), The Jungle Book) as a man losing everything and trying to keep his families head above water.
Whilst writers Noah Pink (Genius (TV)) and Kenny Yakkel (Dead Man Rising, Give Til It Hurts) idea is a good one, it’s poorly executed.
Despite a very good cast, Esposito and Janssen in particular stand out, the movie feels like a cheap day-time TV show.
What you’re watching is a TV show, we’re seeing the cameras and producers and all the behind the scenes. Because of that, and because all of that comes across as quite cheaply put together, the whole film feels flimsy and cheaply made.
I know that sounds a little off but if you look at other examples of TV shows being in a movie, Money Monster for example, the whole film doesn’t feel like a cheap TV show, just the TV show.
This is Esposito’s second stint as director, his first was back in 2008 with Gospel Hill, and as much as I like him as an actor, the directing is nothing to write home about.
The story is predictable and the production values low. The emotion that should go along with the subject matter fails to materialise and the moral dilemma we’re probably supposed to feel, evaporates quickly.