We put up the trailer for Spiderhead a little while ago and thought it looked interesting. It’s now streaming on Netflix and here is our spoiler free review.

The movie stars Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett, Mark Paguio, and Tess Haubrich. It’s directed by Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick) and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. It is based on the book Escape from Spiderhead by George Saunders.

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The story is set:

“In the near future, convicts are offered the chance to volunteer as medical subjects to shorten their sentence. One such subject for a new drug capable of generating feelings of love begins questioning the reality of his emotions.”

If you have seen the trailer, you know what it’s about. The only thing to add is, and you find this out pretty early in the movie, that it’s actually a penitentiary and all the “guests” there are prisoners who have signed up for it.

It all starts out quite harmless and the drugs seem to be paving a way for a better future. There are several different kinds of drug. Some make you fall in love, others make you laugh. Obviously, as the movie goes on, the story unfolds and it’s much more sinister than we first thought.

I won’t expand on why, but we all knew it was heading in this direction. As the story unfolds it does get very interesting and actually asks some good questions. As I always say, it’s not Shakespeare, but it was a descent story that kept me involved with the characters.

I will say that both Hemsworth and Teller are outstanding in Spiderhead. It was nice to see Hemsworth getting his teeth into something a bit more interesting than Thor. Teller I think is a very underrated actor, if you have seen Whiplash, you know what I mean.

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The rest of the cast are all very good and do a great job. I can’t say the direction is anything special, it seemed like Kosinski was more focused on the characters and there wasn’t much to do with the camera. His work with the cast is really solid.

Spiderhead isn’t amazing, but it was a good movie, with a decent story and a good cast. I enjoyed seeing an original IP for a change and it kept my attention all the way through.

Spiderhead is now streaming on Netflix.

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