It’s a shame so much of Quibi’s launch has focused on their sagging subscription numbers, because they’ve got a lot of great content out there by some exceptional talents. Don’t Look Deeper is a sci-fi series from Catherine Hardwicke, who is joined by a tremendous cast that includes Don Cheadle, Helena Howard, and Emily Mortimer. Pretty hard to complain about that.
Like all of Quibi’s programming, Don’t Look Deeper is broken up into bite-sized chapters that comprise a larger whole. Set slightly ahead of our time, it follows a high school teen who discovers she’s very different from the other kids her age, and that revelation sets off a chain of events that turn her life upside down.
Hardwicke last directed the 2019 remake Miss Bala, but she’s known for her teen-skewing films such as Twilight, Thirteen, and Lords of Dogtown. While Cheadle and Mortimer need no introduction, Howard might be a new face. She had her breakout role in Josephine Decker’s wildly ambitious film Madeline’s Madeline, and I’m very interested in seeing where her young career goes.
Don’t Look Deeper hits Quibi beginning July 27th.
SYNOPSIS: Set in Merced, California, “fifteen minutes into the future,” DON’T LOOK DEEPER centers on a high school senior who can’t seem to shake the feeling that something about her just isn’t right. And that something is… she’s not human… not one of us. This revelation of what she really is, where she comes from, and who has started looking for her, sets in motion a series of events that suddenly puts her entire life in jeopardy.