REVIEW - Revolution S01E01

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What would happen if all technology in the world stopped working? That's the premise of NBCs new show Revolution. Produced by J.J. Abrams (of Lost, Alcatraz and Fringe fame) and directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys and Aliens), you know this show is going to deliver a captivating storyline with some great action.


Revolution is set in North America fifteen years after a mysterious worldwide event known as “The Blackout” which results in all power and technology to cease working – cars stop in the middle of the road, phones cut out and airoplanes fall out of the sky. America is split into republics, controlled by a group known as the Militia. When they go looking for Ben Matheson (Tim Guinee) and his brother Miles (Billy Burke) one day, all hell breaks loose. Ben's son is kidnapped and it is up to Ben's daughter Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) to save him, with the help of her uncle, Miles.


If the first action-packed episode is anything to go by then the show is going to be exciting, with a gripping storyline that will leave you wondering what happens next (Lostanyone?). There are also some real laugh out loud moments too though, with a clashing of past meets present where the character's who've grown up without technology question everyday things we take for granted. “Google … isn't that a computer thing?” And who can blame them for asking that when the world they live in is basically taken back by nature and nearly all big cities have become deserted or the popular destination for black market dealings.


Like many new movies and shows, Revolution is definitely environmentally aware and makes you reconsider how you would be able to survive and prosper without technology. Multi-millionnaires end up living in the same conditions as everyone else and small things like asthma, which can normally be treated pretty easily, become life threatening.


The show is enjoyable to watch, especially if you're a fan of the dystopic genre. If you have Foxtel or Austar you can catch Revolution at 8:30 this Wednesday night on Fox8.

Review by Sofie Kiriakidis


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