If you think you have free will, Alex Garland’s Devs could have you believing otherwise.
Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror may have been fuelling our techno paranoia for a good many years now, but he’s not the only one who wants to pose tricky 21st-century questions about technology and the effect it is having on our lives.
Novelist, screenwriter and director Alex Garland, whose credits include 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go and Ex Machina, explores the idea of a deterministic universe in eight-part series Devs (SoHo, Sky 010, Thursday, 8.30pm).
It’s a stylish techno-noir centred around a quantum computing company outside San Francisco called Amaya. “Devs” is short for “developers” and the story begins with Sergei (Karl Glusman) being offered a role within the exclusive developer division of the company, which is housed in a heavily shielded structure in the middle of a forest.
Sergei is taken there by Amaya’s shaggy, guru-like chief executive, who is actually called Forest (Nick Offerman). However, what happens after that sets in motion a series of events that may or may not have already been determined.
Sergei goes missing and his girlfriend, Lily (Sonoya Mizuno), a maths genius who works at Amaya in encryption, begins to believe that the company is involved.
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