The episode required a lot of build-up until the frightening part began, but then the scares just started rolling in and things got pretty intense. I really liked the final twist, the analogy with Alzheimer's decease and, if the leading man was a touch more relatable, we would feel more sorry for him in the end. But overall a solid episode... I like when "Black Mirror" plunges into suspense/horror territory.
I think all of us knew - PLAYTEST is a social commentary of Virtual Reality (VR) technology. I must admit, PLAYTEST did a pretty good job. At first, I thought this episode is a sci-fi stuff. Then, I was quite surprised when PLAYTEST turned into a horror. This episode has an interesting concept. About how VR can affect human life and make them confused - can't choose which is real and which is fantasy. Worth watching.
2.4 stars. For all of its conceptual trapping its bag of tricks is straight out of the Blumhouse stable. Half-a-dozen pull-back and reveals in a row do not a good twist make. A real missed opportunity when one considers the potential of making a meta-fictional horror film around some of the best survival horror games of the '90s - I would have loved to have seen elements of 'Rule of Rose' in this, for instance.
Spoiler Alert....I've done my share of drugs, so I'm familiar with time dilation, but the .0001 seconds it takes between the ringing of the phone and the frying of his brain doesn't make sense...all that in less than a nanosecond...but then again, there are more things in heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in my/our philosophies,,,