For some reason 3% has exploded over my Twitter timeline today, it’s actually been on Netflix for a little while, but when you scan through Netflix it’s quite easy to go past Brazilian sci-fi I suppose. Anyway it’s quite good and Very Much The Sort Of Thing You Might Enjoy. It’s a drama, it’s in Brazilian Portuguese (although there’s a dubbed English version, but come on), it has english subtitles, it’s what Survivor would be a bit like if it was done through the prism of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror and The Hunger Games by way of the board game The Resistance. It has violence but not excessive amounts, it is rated 15.
In the future the world is divided into the haves (who live in the ‘Offshore’) and the have nots who live in big run down cities on the mainland. Everybody gets one shot to live in the Offshore by taking part in The Process, a series of tests and tasks with a view to eliminate people who don’t ‘deserve’ to move on, only 3% of the candidates will be allowed to make it. If you like characters and personalities you are well rewarded. If you like tests and challenges then you get those as well – there’s quite a fun murder-mystery logic problem in episode two. If you like thinly veiled political statement then knock yourselves out. The other half of the drama relates to the people administering The Process and the secrets they may hold.
The drama gets down to a core set of characters and motivations quite quickly and if there is one thing we like it’s fiction based around eliminatory processes. I’m only a couple of episodes in but so far it is quite compelling, if you have Netflix you might enjoy it as well. Episodes are about 50 minutes.