The Dropout is the series you have to watch if you are looking for a story that tells you the rise and fall of one of the biggest scammers in Silicon Valley, Elizabeth Holmes. In addition, as a plus, it has the performance worthy of any award they want to give to the actress in charge of giving life to this dehumanized CEO, Amanda Seyfreid.
Amanda Seyfried’s work is incredibly brilliant. The transformation of the actress into the almost robotic Elizabeth Holmes is amazing and deserves any award they want to give her. The level of sociopathy to which the character, gestures, expressions or rather the nullity of these elevates is an exercise in immersion in a role difficult to bring to the stage.
The Dropout: The Best and Worst of the Series
The series, although told in a very schematic way, without focusing on the details or facts that explain or contextualize what we see, tells in a simplified way and in very broad strokes the story of Theranos, a company that (spoiler notice) ended up being the great fraud of Silicon Valley.
Something curious happens with this series and is that, contrary to what is usual, the viewer enjoys at a sickening level to see the fall of Elizabeth Holmes, a denatured being who sacrificed the life and health of people for reasons that the series does not bother to try to explain and that in a character so lacking in emotions it is difficult to understand.
There is a lack of details, a lack of facts, and a lack of justifications that explain how and why the characters do what they do. And that’s always a failure. Forcing the viewer to go to Wikipedia to plug the script holes left by a series should be a source of shame for the creator of that series.
However, the series is entertaining, interesting in terms of human stupidity and ambition and especially the game of selling impossible dreams to people who need to believe and would believe in anything.
The Dropout, Ending Explained
The message of The Dropout is as simple as it is old. Since time immemorial man has wanted to believe in the impossible if with that he gained some hope in a reality as terrifying as mortality and human fragility in a disheartening world in which nobody helps anyone and everyone is a predator. And that’s why Elizabeth Holmes triumphed with her big lie, because everyone wanted to believe.
If we add to the above the human greed to get on any money train before anyone else and the feeling of not ending up as “a dinosaur”, obsolete, aged and removed from society, we have the keys to The Dropout.
Fiction uncovers what, and quoting Elizabeth Holmes, you would be able to do if you thought you were going to get it. Elizabeth and the rest of her believers believed they would succeed and were capable of anything, including the sacrifice of human lives.
The Dropout, Ending Explained
The question is: is everything worth to achieve a dream? and, most disturbingly, did Elizabeth ever really believe she would achieve her goal or was it always her need to succeed that moved her? Because it is difficult to know what moved Elizabeth Holmes beyond a sociopathic behavior focused on achieving success and recognition.
Maybe the danger is not to be a monster, but to surround yourself with people who tell you that you are not. Cheating, lying, sacrificing, cheating… Everything is possible when we want to believe the impossible. Because what do a few lives matter if there is a dream of saving many more? No, moviegoer friends, lives matter, they always matter.