Series 7: The Contenders
1 hr. 31 min. SERIES 7 consists of six episodes of a fictional television game show called The Contenders. On the show, non-actors are given handguns, quickly explained the very basic rules (kill the other contestants) and told to "play," with a goal of winning by staying alive. Ultraviolent and psychologically disturbing, the film unrolls in the frenetic style of network television, never pausing for reflection. Written and directed by Daniel Minahan (cowriter of the screenplay for 1996's I SHOT ANDY WARHOL), SERIES 7 makes a timely comment on the rising popularity of actual television reality games shows.
MPAA Rating: R for strong violent content and language.
Now this was a funny and vaugly disturbing film. I'm hooked on CBS's Survivor, so I guess The Contenders is just the ultimate game of Survivor. The movie is very well done and the satire is right on the money. I also enjoyed the ominous back story. The world in this film is slightly different from our own. It reminds me a bit of the world in The Handmaid's Tale.
Go rent this! It's very well done!