Streaming releases for the next month include tales of tragedy, dystopia and advertising.
22 July (Netflix)
British filmmaker Paul Greengrass has proved adept at tackling tragedy – from his Berlin Film Festival-winning Bloody Sunday to his 9/11 drama United 93. His latest film, 22 July, examines the 2011 massacre by Norwegian far right terrorist Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in one day of utter horror. Starring a chilling Anders Danielsen Lie as Breivik, Greengrass doesn’t linger on the act of violence, but develops a complex story about how Norway reacted with dignity in the aftermath.
The Romanoffs (Amazon)
For those still missing Mad Men, fear not – help is at hand. The show’s creator Matthew Weiner is back with his first offering since that iconic dip into the world of 1960s Madison Avenue advertising gurus. Featuring Mad Men alumni John Slattery and Christina Hendricks amongst a fine cast, The Romanoffs is being released one episode a week (so no binge watching, sadly). Contemporary set, each episode deals with people who believe themselves direct descendants of the infamous Russian royal family.
Arguably the most successful character to leap from Marvel Comics to Netflix’s screens, blind lawyer-turned-vigilante Matt Murdock – or Daredevil if you prefer – returns for a third season. Charlie Cox reprises his role, with Daredevil being nursed back to health after barely surviving a collapsed building at the end of mini-series spin-off The Defenders. This season sees the return of the brutish Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), fresh from jail and out to cause mayhem.
The Man In The High Castle (Amazon)
Another show moving into its third season is this take on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 dystopian novel, where in an alternate universe the Third Reich won World War II. A key show for Amazon – Season 1 broke streaming records for the platform – it’s already been renewed for a fourth season. But what of the season that’s upon us? Promising to be the most sci-fi influenced arc yet, the Nazis have developed a super-weapon capable of conquering other dimensions. Parallel universes here we come.
1. Still from The Man In The High Castle.
2. Still from 22 July.
3. Still from The Romanoffs.
4. Still from Daredevil.
5. Still fromThe Man In The High Castle.