How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) Netflix.
Netflix has successfully tapped into the pulse of teenagers, making drama out of their vast dramatic, problematic and vibrant lives. The very life that is fundamentally governed by social-media and constant virtual presence, translating to poor emotional health that leads to various interpersonal and intrapersonal issues branching out. ‘13 Reasons Why’ dealt with adolescent grief and loneliness; ‘Sex Education’ that portrayed high school and teenage misadventures in a realistic way; ‘Big Mouth’ reveals the messiness and awkwardness of growing up.
The latest Netflix Original TV series from Germany ‘How to Sell Drugs Online Fast’, created by Philipp Käßbohrer and Matthias Murmann, consists of six episodes, 25 to 32 minutes running time that draws a parallel with Breaking Bad except the setting is shifted to high-school in the small town of Germany. It concerns with the nerds and their reluctant dependency on each other for emotional and moral support. It also deals with first love and heartbreak of iGen, dysfunctional family casting tormenting effect on teenage, depression in teenagers, instant fame and social gratification, and the personal space.
Moritz (Maximilian Mundt), a 17-year-old high-school student and a coding geek, finds himself in an uncomfortable state when his girlfriend starts ignoring him as soon as she is back after one year of studying in the USA. Moritz learns about her newfound love for drugs and an underwear model looking guy Dan- a local drug seller and a son of stinking-rich parents.
Heartbroken Mortiz devices a plan to win her back. The plan involves selling drugs online and becoming an anonymous internet drug lord, using the code they build for the school project-‘Myteam’. With the help of his only friend Lenny (Danilo Kamperidis), they set up an online store on the dark web for safe, anonymous, and untraceable selling of drugs.
The strength of ‘How to Sell Drugs Online’ lies in its layered writing that addresses multiple issues without falling in the genre tropes. No doubt, it is rigged with all the elements we have already seen before, like a local drug dealer, break up, dysfunctional rich family, psychiatric sessions, social media hacking, and nerds doing what they are not good at. But the rich detailing of the characters and faux-documentary narrative furnished with quirky humor make it an engaging series despite drifting off from the main plot sporadically. The powerful visuals, snappy & frenetic editing along with the virtual-life aesthetics bring exhilarating vitality to the narrative.
Based on the true incident that happened in 2015 in Leipzig, ‘How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)’ examines the psyche of teenagers trying to get a grip of their lives. With the lack of direction, short attention span and hunger for instant fame, the characters question their choices for their perpetual struggle to control their lives. Maximilian Mundt gets skins into the skin of the character and perfectly demonstrates the vulnerability and insecurity through his performance.
How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) Rating: ★★★1/2