Get ready for Ruben Östlund’s upcoming film, The Entertainment System Is Down. The two-time Palme d’Or winner at Cannes, has assembled an A-list cast for this social satire, including Keanu Reeves, Kirsten Dunst, and Daniel Brühl.

Keanu Reeves in John Wick chapter 4
Keanu Reeves in John Wick 4

The film’s plot centers around a long-haul flight where, to the horror of the passengers, the entertainment system goes down. With nowhere to turn for digital distraction, the passengers are forced to confront the uncomfortable reality of being alone with their thoughts.

The director’s commitment to authenticity extends beyond the script. To create the most realistic airplane setting possible, he has acquired a retired Boeing 747 which will be used full-scale during studio filming. Yep, the whole plane! Why? Well, he is interested in exploring what happens when people are stuck together in a plane, when faced with boredom.

Kirsten Dunst and Keanu Reeves’ Film Took Inspiration from a Shocking Psychological Study

Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst in The Power Of The Dog

The movie’s inspiration comes from a study at Virginia University called ‘The Challenge of the Disengaged Mind.’ It found that people really don’t like being alone with their thoughts, even for a short time spanning 6 to 15 minutes.

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The researchers took things a step further by giving the participants the option to administer themselves a mild electric shock by pressing a button. But guess what? A surprising number of people (a quarter of the women and two-thirds of the men) decided getting shocked was better than being alone with their thoughts, as reported by Deadline.

One individual, in particular, found the experience of being alone with his thoughts so intolerable that he ended up shocking himself a staggering 190 times within the span of 15 minutes. The Swedish director, finds this both funny and unsettling. He thinks it’s a great way to explore how we humans avoid boredom at all costs.

Ruben Östlund’s Dark Comedy Stirs Excitement

Ruben Östlund
Ruben Östlund (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Ruben Östlund’s upcoming film, The Entertainment System Is Down, is his second English-language movie and his seventh overall. He’s famous for his darkly funny style, as seen in award-winning films like Force Majeure and Triangle of Sadness, which delve into social awkwardness and class issues. This new project is expected to be just as insightful and engaging as his previous works.

The film is a joint effort between Sweden, Germany, and France, bringing together Östlund with his trusted partners: producer Erik Hemmendorff and Philippe Bober. With a stellar cast, an original storyline, and a director renowned for his daring approach, the film is already creating quite a stir.

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The Entertainment System Is Down could hit theatres in 2025.

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