I don’t know about you, but I’m firmly of the opinion that The Wachowskis have been fueling a steam engine ride to M. Night Shyamalan-ville with every project they’ve been involved with since the release of Matrix: Reloaded.
I guess some could argue V For Vendetta was pretty good, but has anyone actually watched that movie in the last five years?
Cloud Atlas was more confusing and about as interesting as filing a tax return, and did you see Channing Tatum’s ears and facial hair in Jupiter Ascending? He looked like a rejected cast member of The Lion King stage show. In fact, it’s actually pretty hard to appreciate how amazing The Matrix was these days, knowing the trailer full of garbage that came careening through in its wake.
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I can actually go back to being excited about a Wachowski sibling project. Of course in the modern day and age it’s taken Netflix to deliver what looks to be their most interesting looking creation in a decade – the sci-fi thriller Sense8.
The 12-part series was created by The Wachowskis along with J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling, World War Z, Thor) and Grant Hill (The Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas), and follows the premise that, “One moment links eight minds in disparate parts of the world, putting eight strangers in each others’ lives, each others’ secrets, and in terrible danger.”
The trailer for the show looks seriously action-packed and intense, and seems to be more reality based than previous Wachowski concepts, with seemingly less CGI and interstellar travel. There is a super natural element though, with the trailer showing that the eight “Sense8s” not only feel and experience each others’ emotions and physical feelings, but also share brain power and physical skills, essentially giving them super human abilities:
See what I mean? Looks pretty bad arse, huh?!
The series is set to star a mixture of well-known names and newcomers, including Daryl Hannah (Blade Runner), Naveen Andrews (Lost), Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Tuppence Middleton (Jupiter Ascending), Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas), Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner), Max Riemelt (The Wave), Alfonso Herrera (El Diez), Tena Desae (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Jamie Clayton (Hung), Terrence Mann (All My Children) and Miguel Silvestri.
The entire first series of Sense8 will be released on American Netflix on June 5.