Insomnia (Starz) – Premieres 26th April
Set in Russia, this is a drama where 20 people have been kidnapped from around the world and have been put into an illegal game where they have to fight for their lives.
After being injected with a serum and having a camera and comm link injected in their eye and ear. The 20 find themselves in an arena where they are told that the last person to survive will receive $10 million, a new identity and the antidote for the drug they were injected with. The drug itself kills the person if they fall asleep during the event, where they have initial access to a gun with one bullet and a car.
While the deathmatch is going on through the streets of Moscow. The wife of a millionaire who died on a plane crash on his way to Russia, is made aware an invitation to a gathering he was going to attend. After making the decision to attend the event, she arrives at the soiree to find out it is private club running a book and watching the live stream of the survival event.
The show is like a budget version of Battle Royale. And while the premise should be interesting there’s not much about that grabs your attention. With the programme having the appearance of a pilot that was funded on Kickstarter along some shoddy dialogue, it’s all pretty forgettable.