Netflix’s new German show How to Sell drugs Online (Fast) by Philipp Käßbohrer, Matthias Murmann looks like an authentic true-life case semi-docudrama and becomes more fun to watch with its whiplash editing.
The show starts with a drug bust by police in a parking lot, which we later come to know is just an example of you should keep your server protected by the show’s protagonist aka Moritz Zimmerman (Maximillian Mundt), who then explains how the Generation Z is carrying the history of mankind in their hands and what do they do with it “Face Swap.” We then come to know about a crazy roller-coaster ride of how a high school nerd becomes an anonymous internet drug baron with his best buddy, Lenny (Danilo Kamber) after the breakup with his girlfriend Lisa (Lena Klenke).
What really makes this show more interesting is its powerful visuals and editing. Like the way it uses Netflix’s user-interactive technology in which you can either watch an explanation 'MDMA drug' and what they are or what they do to your mind and what is the ‘Darknet’ or you can simply just skip that part and jump right into the story. The show often has some documentary-like conversations which keep you feel more connected to the youth and the ways this generation is trying so hard to stand out in comparison to each other. It is a little like Breaking Bad meeting teen drama in a very chirpy and humorous way. Based on real-life incidents, the show does have a pretty oriented character base, which will be pretty congeneric to a large number of youngsters out there. The continuous real-life examples of losers/nerd becoming successful really helps the setting and structure of the plot. Only six episodes limited to thirty minutes makes it more bingeworthy!
The “being in control of drug scenes” and their editing acts like an icing on the cake. Maximillian is very convincing as a nerd who is a drug lord and Danilo as his partner is just as perfect as the protagonist. Bjarne Madel and Damian Hardung were also spectacular in carrying out their roles. Dialogues like “ Just because the society has decided to what’s allowed or what’s not, we all think it’s normal that things like drugs are forbidden and things like a zoo are allowed. It is totally absurd that we go to see caged animals and nobody questions it. They are prisons for innocent animals who did nothing wrong.” makes you think hard as well as it acts as an asset to the construction of the character’s decisions. Also, the music of the show is actually very apt according to the plot. Songs like “Beyond Tomorrow” and “Off the Radar” were perfect choices.
Overall the show is a fun ride and can be an awesome new pick for you this weekend!
Acting - 3.5 / 5.
Direction - 3.5 / 5
Script - 3.5 / 5.
Cinematography - 4 / 5.
Music - 3.5 / 5.
FINAL VERDICT - 3.5 / 5.