Maniac (2018)
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Larger Structural Issues 

Azumi tells James the whole truth about the study's snags and urges him to call his estranged mother, an esteemed therapist.


Cary Joji Fukunaga




Episode complete credited cast:
Jonah Hill ... Owen Milgrim
Emma Stone ... Annie Landsberg
Justin Theroux ... Dr. James K. Mantleray
Sonoya Mizuno ... Dr. Azumi Fujita
Sally Field ... Dr. Greta Mantleray
Julia Garner ... Ellie Landsberg
Allyce Beasley ... 11
Kathleen Choe ... 3
Stephen Hill ... 7
Danny Hoch ... 5
James Monroe Iglehart ... Carl
Chris Ghaffari ... Julio
Dai Ishiguro ... Head Control Tech
Mariko Kai
Sejal Shah ... First Medical Tech


Azumi tells James the whole truth about the study's snags and urges him to call his estranged mother, an esteemed therapist.

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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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Did You Know?


Dr. Greta Mantleray's books include "See Her, See You, See We", "Past Lives, Present Pain", "I'm OK, You're a Bitch", and "Desaturation Therapy". See more »


Dr. Greta Mantleray: How many of your subjects have ended up catatonic?
Dr. James K. Mantleray: Zero... roughly.
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »


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Performed by El Chapo De Sinaloa
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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.

Larger Structural Issues

Field's screen presence fuels this mellow chapter that actually is supposed to build up the newer structure and set up the characters and their sub-plots along with it where Theroux and Field's tangy relationship draws in most of the laughs and lightens this heavy sci-fi drama into more human.

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