Danger 5 (2011)Tuesday, 8. October 2013
Director: Dario Russo
Writer: Dario Russo, David Ashby
Cast: David Ashby, Aldo Mignone, Sean James Murphy, Natasa Ristic, Amanda Simons, Carmine Russo, Tilman Vogler, Ryan Cortazzo
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Danger 5 started its life as a webseries and has since become a TV show. You can watch it here.]
It’s the 1960s and Hitler (Carmine Russo) still has the world in his clutches. Fighting against him are the Danger 5, a group of allied spies made up of Jackson (David Ashby) from the USA, Tucker (Sean James Murphy) from Australia, Claire (Amanda Simons) from the UK, Ilsa (Natasa Ristic) from Russia and Pierre (Aldo Mignone) from France. In their first adventure together, they have to make sure Hitler doesn’t get any more black diamonds, which he uses to make his bodyguards bullet proof. And things only get weirder from there.
I actually watched the first episode when the webseries came out a while back and have been meaning to get back to it. So I was really happy when I saw that the /slash had programmed the entire show so far. It’s all kinds of crazy and I loved it.
Whoever did the production design on this show deserves all of the awards. All the details just fit perfectly – from the obvious things like the smoking and drinking all the time to the furniture, to the clothes and smallest details on the sets (and who knew all the things you could put swastikas on).
Entirely fitting with the time period, too: the puppets and special effects, the sound design and dubbing (I was really impressed by all the native speakers they found – the accents were fantastic and much better than pretty much everything that comes out of the big productions nowadays), the dialogues, the sexism (which they continuously make fun of) and the absolutely brilliant ads that played during every episode.
The show is completely insane. As if Hitler in the 60s wasn’t bad/awesome enough, we get dinosaurs, kaiju robots, an eagle-headed man, Swiss blood made of gold, Atlantis, stolen monuments, etc etc etc. And due to the episode structure it doesn’t get too much (though I have to admit that I was grateful we got a break in the middle and didn’t have to watch it all in one complete go).
I had a whole damn lot of fun watching the show. I’m really looking forward to the second season next year.
Summarizing: Watch it and laugh.