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The Reflection

The Netflix film ‘Derren Brown: The Push’ disturbing yet brilliant

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The Netflix original movie “Derren Brown: The Push” features a series of psychological tasks that test the ethics of an unsuspecting victim.

Derren Brown, a magician and sociologist, creates an experiment in which an unknowing victim is selected to be put through a string of tiny tasks. The activities are used to gain their trust enough to carry out the ultimate mission: push a stranger off of a building (don’t worry, the person being pushed off is connected by cables).

The film includes Derren Brown explaining the science behind every job they make the victim do. The experiment is brilliantly designed to gain the trust of the victim while making them uncomfortable enough to push someone off of a building to save their reputation.

The plot is obviously somewhat disturbing, but the underlying message of the movie is very important: How susceptible are people in society to trusting someone they don’t know? Beyond trusting a stranger, how many tasks will it take for them to believe them enough to push someone off of a building?

The Netflix original “Darren Brown: The Push” has been trending on Netflix. Photo courtesy of YDMoviez.

As a viewer of the movie, you are able to put yourself in the shoes of the innocent victim being watched by hundreds of cameras. You constantly ask yourself: “Would I do this?” This is precisely the point of the movie, to make viewers themselves o what they would do in that specific situation.

The purpose of the movie was achieved, and the suspense was brilliantly developed. The movie has the viewers on the edge of their seat the entire time, wondering whether or not the victim will give in to the final and fatal assignment.

The movie does a terrific job in outlining the sociological tendencies in our society through a very entertaining plot line.

Miles Renwick

I am a senior at Gull Lake High School, and this is my first year on staff. I play varsity soccer and enjoy writing about sports. I am looking forward to a good year.


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