Reviews | Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber is a surprise almost at the height of The Social Network [FW Opinión]

We live in the golden age of TV series broadcast exclusively through streaming platforms. The quality of many of them (outside of Netflix) is extraordinary and the quantity is simply too much. So maybe you’ve missed one of the best recent releases: Super Pumped.

The title may not say much to most, but book-devouring readers with better memories will remember that this was the very title of the popular book that uncovered the sewer and revealed all the problems that existed inside Uber during the Travis Kalanick period. as its CEO.

Perhaps it’s hard to remember what the news was like over a decade ago when it was revealed that David Fincher was going to direct a movie based on the story of the founding of Facebook: The Social Network.

At that time the more or less general consensus was that it was too early to film that story. But in the end it ended up becoming a cult film, thanks to its direction, script and impeccable performances.

Well, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber somehow managed to remind us of that experience. But in serial form.

Super Pumped is another unexpected surprise from Paramount Plus: with everything and even Quentin Tarantino

We will give our general opinion about this first season without spoilers. Although whoever dominates the general history of Uber will know the general order of events perfectly and will verify that there is enough material there for a high-impact series.

we found the Serie almost by chance and thanks to word of mouth. Popping up a comment on Twitter, a few mentions on Reddit, and several podcast hosts speaking positively about their first few episodes.

So in the end we decided to give it a try, and to be honest it has been worth every second thanks to its constant surprises.

First of all, the direction and visual narrative of Super Pumped is heavily inspired by the fast-paced bestial aesthetic of Adam McKay’s cinema (The Big Short, Vice, Succession, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty) that breaks many conventions.

Thanks to this, each episode narrates a brutal amount of events in a short period of time, achieving an impeccable rhythm in practically each chapter.

Showing openly the most controversial actions carried out by the transport platform with the presence of companies the size of Apple and Google. In fact, its main directors appear here with a determining role for what we are experiencing now with this and other services.

As for the cast, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of Uber, achieves a stellar performance that sustains the series with the support of other high-caliber stars such as Uma Thurman, Kyle Chandler, Elizabeth Shue, Hank Azaria and even himself. Quentin Tarantino serving as the narrator.

First conceived as a one-season limited series and now turned into an anthology series, this first installment of only 7 episodes has become, along with Halo, the best reason to try Paramount Plus.

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