Maniac (2018)
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When her pilfered stash of pills runs out, troubled Annie tries to quit -- but ends up blackmailing her way into the Neberdine study.


Cary Joji Fukunaga




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jonah Hill ... Owen Milgrim
Emma Stone ... Annie Landsberg
Justin Theroux ... Dr. James K. Mantleray
Sonoya Mizuno ... Dr. Azumi Fujita
Sally Field ... Dr. Greta Mantleray
Hank Azaria ... Hank Landsberg (voice)
Julia Garner ... Ellie Landsberg
Allyce Beasley ... 11
Kathleen Choe ... 3
Stephen Hill ... 7
Danny Hoch ... 5
Maho Honda ... Intake Tech
James Monroe Iglehart ... Carl
Rome Kanda ... Dr. Muramoto
Ariel Kavoussi ... Female Ad Buddy / Bianca Forsythe / Dragonfly (voice)


When her pilfered stash of pills runs out, troubled Annie tries to quit -- but ends up blackmailing her way into the Neberdine study.

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

21 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Narrator: It begins like this. Two billion years ago, an amoeba... Wait, let's let's back up. I've skipped too many connections. Out of nothing, in an instant, everything. An infinite cosmic orgy of matter and energy, rubbing, bumping, and grinding together. There would be no galaxies, no suns, no planets, no life without collisions of heavenly bodies. Back to our amoeba. It engulfs a bacterium with unique powers, and voila. Earth's first photosynthesis-enabled organism. Maybe it was chance....
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this is the perfect time..
3 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews


Maniac is a character driven mini-series about two unique personas that decides to go under a scientific experiment and finds themselves bonding and exploring a newer world together. Created by Fukunaga and Sommerville, this sci-fi drama won't let you think that it is merely a series, for its set-pieces, production and art design along with jaw dropping visual effects gives you the apt cinematic experience.

Along with these rich technical aspects, its comic based background score and stunning cinematography celebrates and justifies this tricky and twisted concept. The narrative is often stretched and too thin, but has gripping and adaptive structure to hold on to and since its premise allows it to jump from one illusion to another, its sub-plots and short stories are enough to attain the satisfying closure in each episodes.

The zest to tell an honest and uncompromising tale fuels this sometimes emotionally shallow drama into a more raunchy and gut wrenching tale whose credit goes to none other than Fukunaga whose precision is far beyond one's imagination, he can easily surprise you through his sharp insight of the character's perspective. His creative world actually runs on subconscious thoughts and the major strength of his, is to not only fiddling with those characters but also the viewers where the entire frame of the screen along with props and background score that are used competently.

Stone has emotions on the surface and with her expressive portrayal of a disturbed girl is amazing and on the other hand Hill is more reserved and subtle and addition to that, the supporting cast like Theroux and Field too delivers. The dark humor that runs smoothly which not only draws laugh but can scare you at times, the sweat drop precision of Fukunaga and the metaphorical concept that literally is imputed in each frame, are the high points of the mini-series.


Driven by sentiments and fatal amendments, this second chapter is simply gold for the Stone's character insight, and with an excellent execution and performance, it soars up this pathos bubble to various emotions that spirals out from it.

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