The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Season One

DVD - 2018
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A religion-based autocracy has taken over most of the United States, renaming the country Gilead. In this country women are second-class citizens. Anyone trying to escape is punished. One such person is June, who is captured while trying to escape with her husband and child and is sentenced to be a handmaid, bearing children for childless government officials. As a handmaid, June is renamed Offred. This is her story.

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maipenrai
Apr 15, 2018

The Handmaid's Tale is so well done that it is painful to watch. That may seem like a contradiction in terms, but Elizabeth Moss and all the victims of this inhuman system do such a marvelous job depicting the despair and abuses that you cannot help but empathize with them and cheer for any small victory. You find yourself feeling the paranoia of whom to trust, if anyone and the joy of old friendships and loves that are the only sources of hope.
The amazing mind control theme reminded me of 1984's Big Brother and the Nazi regime's terror and atrocities. What makes it all the more disturbing is that all abuses are done in the name of god. I highly recommend the series, but warn that the story is both mesmerizing and terrifying. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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jimg2000
Mar 29, 2018

Read the book years ago and watched the 1990 feature film with Natasha Richardson as Offred, Robert Duvall as Commander and Faye Dunaway as Serena Joy etc. In this TV series, the only standout actor was Elisabeth Moss as Offred. Personally, Margaret Atwood's 1985 story premise was groundbreaking and remotely conceivable then but outright dubious in 2018. Speed watched the remaining episodes as the producers annoyingly stretched out scene after scene from the film's 109 minutes to nearly 9 hours, punctuated occasionally with "inner dialogues" from Offred.

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LauraSteinert
Mar 26, 2018

Excellent adaptation of a groundbreaking novel. The rape scenes are a bit too much for me, and some of the nudity is just slid in so that men will watch. Be selective and preview before letting younger teens see this--sex, violence, rape, mutilation, foul language.

LibraryAndrea Mar 26, 2018

Get ready to cry, to scream, to cheer for these women. You will need 10 straight hours to watch it the first time. This at the top of my list of favorite TV series.

JCLEdwardR Jan 29, 2018

This series is as great as it is infuriating. To see what the protagonist has to deal with had my skin crawling. The cinematography was really impressive. Some scenes swell with so much silence that it becomes unnerving. No matter how quiet it got, my mind would race with all the potential actions that could take place. This show is well worth your time.

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