Gillian Flynn’s adaptation of the cult British series fails to capture the original show’s drama or paranoia, settling for bloody mayhem
UTOPIA (Gillian Flynn). All eight episodes available to stream on Amazon Prime Video Friday (September 25). Rating: NN
You know, the moment couldn’t be better for an American adaptation of the British television series Utopia. So many of the elements in the original UK production – written by Dennis Kelly, and aired over two seasons in 2013 and 2014 – are actively in play right now.
There’s a pandemic that’s slipping out of control, a leadership vacuum at every level of government, a looming sense of irreversible decline – all of which leads to people believing any bizarre conspiracy theory that gives them the illusion of control over the chaos swirling around them. And comic book culture is even more prevalent now that it was seven years ago.
Amazon’s new iteration of Utopia, developed and written by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Widows), sticks pretty closely to the original plot, which followed a group of people (played here by Desmin Borges, Dan Byrd, Ashleigh LaThrop and Jessica Rothe) who believe