3% Sci-FiEverything that is awesome sci-fi needs to come from USA? Well, this is in the past for sure. Now a Portuguese spoken Sci-Fi serial from Brazil called “3%”, is the new thing to watch where the Portuguese language is shown how beautifully it sounds and that not everything needs to come from Hollywood.

3 Pilot episodes is out on YouTube for free, that you also can watch below. The following 8 episodes can be seen on Netflix. Read on our verdict of this interesting Brazilian Sci-Fi, that is directed by César Charlone, Daina Giannecchini, Dani Libardi and Jotagá Crema.

The Plot in a Few Words
3% is put in a dystopic future, where people are given a chance to leave their poverty life that is heavily guarded and make it to a better life on a island. However, only 3% can make it. To be able to make it to the island, the poor people needs to pass intensive interviews, exams and tests. Netflix gave it a chance and 3 of the first pilot episodes is even out on YouTube to be watched totally free. Great initiative as an entrance to the series!

Extravaganza Unique Sci-Fi from Brazil
With elements from Hunger Games, Maze Runner and Divergent, 3% manages to pull the viewer in. But not only because of the similarities, but also for unique aspects of the series. The makers manages to give this unique dystiopic future a much different in-depth.

3% is from Brazil, where the country got huge cities where the difference between rich and poor is very extreme and this Sci-Fi series pulls that fact into this story which makes 3% a emotional ride for young and old.

Very talented Actors and Actresses
From the very first sentence to the last in every episode, all of the actors and actresses in this serial does their jobs extremely well.

Bianca Comparato which is born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1985) is one of the best ones. She plays as Michele, a naive teenager without a family. Her act is so down to earth and puts in my view Hunger Games actor Jennifer Lawrence aside. Bianca Comparato would be perfect as Katniss Everdeen. Another big actor, ist the one playing head of Process in 3%.  João Miguel which is born in Salvador, Brazil does a excellent job as Ezequiel. He is such a strong character and he makes todays politicians weak for sure. He puts the candidates into physical and mentally tests that pulls the candidates emotions in all directions. Mel Fronckowiak that playes as Ezequiel’s wife also pulls some emotions for sure. Her story in 3% is so strong it puts all pieces together and you understand more and more on how Ezequiel is and what secrets he hides.

Well made visuals
From the very start of 3%, the intro makes you love it. The music and atmosphere in this serial is amazingly done. I would say its well made, but with some more funds I think they would have been much better.

The visuals are in some areas very amazingly done, and the character wounds is well designed.. But the 3D scenes of the complex could have been made in a much better way. Also another thing,… There is a submarine taking the people to an island, but near this Process complex there is no water. I am so trigged to find out what is going on and whats gone wrong in this world. The story is so powerful, but the visuals is for me more mystic than answering. I really hope that Netflix puts much more funds into this series as the potential here is endless. The whole plot and how the poor and rich is living is such a strong part of these serial that you will forget about the worse visual parts.

Watch the First of 3 pilot episodes from YouTube here

Distrita Review
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What an amazing Sci-Fi serial from Brazil, showing how beautiful Portuguese language can be. 3% also puts the viewer in place and the music is just breathtaking and wonderful. There is lots of Drama and emotions, that makes this productions such a quality serial. Every episode is interesting to watch and the 3 pilots on YouTube give you full introduction to it. This is an excellent production for all in the family and Distrita strongly recommends it. 3% is for sure a golden production from Brazil.

Created by
Pedro Aguilera

Directed by
César Charlone
Daina Giannecchini
Dani Libardi
Jotagá Crema

Watch Guide
– 3 Pilot Episodes on YouTube
– 8 Episode on Netflix