Early on this Showtime restricted sequence, Kalanick pitches enterprise capitalist Bill Gurley (Chandler) to put money into the fledgling firm, insisting the sky is the restrict on Uber’s potential, and that by way of its “stickiness,” “If someone rides twice, we have them for life.”
At occasions “Super Pumped” feels a bit too cute for its personal good, with shifting factors of view and characters breaking the fourth wall to instantly handle the viewers. Yet it is nonetheless a sharply written examination of the buccaneering mentality that birthed many of those once-scrappy startups, with the lure of billions motivating (and serving to present rationalizations for) all types of unhealthy habits.
Nevertheless, it is an intriguing snapshot of 1 notably flashy instance of the move-fast, break-stuff mentality, whereas offering its principals, Gordon-Levitt and Chandler, loads of alternative to shine.
Showtime, furthermore, has already ordered a second season dedicated to the founding of Facebook — which can also be the topic of a restricted sequence being developed at rival HBO — making that aforementioned “Social Network” comparability much more apt, sustaining the franchise in principle by dissecting a unique case research every season.
Kalanick, at one level, is described as “a predatory animal,” and as depicted, it is exhausting to argue in any other case. “Super Pumped” successfully illustrates that whereas such personalities won’t be nice to reside with (and even share a experience with), as motion pictures or restricted sequence go, they are often fairly fascinating to look at.
“Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber” premieres Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.