In this post, we have covered Spiderhead Movie Review. The new Netflix original film Spiderhead, from the director of Top Gun: Maverick, the writers of both Deadpool films, and starring Thor himself, would have demanded tentpole status not two years ago, but in our current oversaturated environment.
Movie Name: Spiderhead Director – Joseph Kosinski Cast – Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett Rating – 6/10
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Spiderhead Movie Review
The premise, adapted from a New Yorker short story, involves a near-future penitentiary with no bars because inmates are controlled and given the run of the place in exchange for wearing surgically implanted devices that allow their keepers to control them through mind-altering drugs.
Spiderhead is a film directed by Joseph Kosinski of Top Gun: Maverick fame and written by Deadpool scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. It is based on George Saunders’ short story Escape From Spiderhead. It revolves around Jeff (Miles Teller), a convict who volunteered to be sent to the Spiderhead penitentiary to be experimented on with emotion-altering drugs in order to have his prison sentence reduced. The penitentiary is run by Steve Abnesti (Chris Hemsworth), who administers these drugs to the inmates and records their effects.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writers, bring their classic sense of humor to this dystopian tale, which surprised me the most. There are many serious character moments in this film, but so much of it is presented in a lighthearted manner that helps maintain the illusion of what’s going on. When you look at everything in context, there is definitely a dark and grim undercurrent, but it doesn’t feel off-putting in any way. If anything, it enhanced Spiderhead’s uniqueness.
It also helps that Spiderhead doesn’t always take himself seriously. It’s called Laffodil, and it’s a drug that makes people laugh uncontrollably. That’s very amusing and adds to the levity. Spiderhead also feels like a 105-minute Black Mirror episode at times. We see these inmates locked up in a facility going about their daily lives and fulfilling their contracts.
The original soundtrack and score are thoughtfully chosen and composed. While the soundtrack feels like a collection of the greatest hits, the score has a synth overlay that adds a dash of cyberpunk to it as well. Let’s hope Joseph Trapanese’s soundtrack becomes available.
However, despite all of its strengths, Spiderhead fails to strike the proper balance between seriousness and levity. The tonal whiplash is presented here and there before being carried on to its conclusion.
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A lot of “Spiderhead” relies on the premise’s curiosity, which is teased by watching Hemsworth push Teller through various procedures, forming a friendship that this film treats as its low stakes. It’s almost enough to make you forget that so little happens in the first 40 minutes that the experiments, which become increasingly manipulative, barely have a cumulative unsettling effect. It is clear how far a short story must have been stretched.
Final Thought On Spiderhead Movie Review
Spiderhead is a fun afternoon watch that benefits from Chris Hemsworth’s performance. While the ending may disappoint some, it still presents many intriguing ideas that make watching this dystopian tale worthwhile. Spiderhead is currently available on Netflix.
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Spiderhead Movie Review
hile the ending may disappoint some, it still presents many intriguing ideas that make watching this dystopian tale worthwhile.