Netflix has been pouring out some great content lately. From The Adam Project to Stranger Things 4 there has been no shortage of amazing things to stream. So of course when Netflix announced Spiderhead written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool) and starring Marvel star Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller (Top Gun: Maverick), one would think this film would be added to the great content list that Netflix has been throwing at us. Well, think again. For a film that cost over $100 million to film you can’t help but scratch your head and wonder what cost so much to produce it. So, where did it all go wrong?
Two inmates (Miles Teller & Jurnee Smollett) form a connection while grappling with their pasts in a state-of-the-art penitentiary run by a brilliant visionary (Chris Hemsworth) who experiments on his subjects with mind-altering drugs. Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick, Tron: Legacy). Based on The New Yorker short story, “Escape From Spiderhead,” by George Saunders.
My Thoughts On Spiderhead
When I first decided to set down and watch Spiderhead I was excited. I mean how couldn’t you be? Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, directed by Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick, Tron: Legacy), and starring Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, and Jurnee Smollett this film had some amazing talent going into it. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is not one of the worst films I have ever seen but Spiderhead was just hard for me to get into.
Set in a state-of-the-art prison Steve Abnesti (Chris Hemsworth) experiments on his subjects with mind-altering drugs. Now you can see where this could become a great science fiction/thriller story, but instead, it just fell flat. Most of the scenes were shot in basic-looking rooms with really nothing exciting going on at all. Most of the excitement of this film was of course seeing the effects of the drugs on the prisoners. Lucky this was enough to make me keep watching and finish the movie. Overall it just took a long time for things to develop, with some of the most interesting stuff taking place with over half of the film already over.
With the small but amazing cast lineup, it is hard to believe this film wasn’t better. Chris Hemsworth’s high energy and fun persona weren’t enough to save this film. While Miles Teller (Jeff) and Jurnee Smollett (Lizzy) both did great in this film it just felt that the character development could have been a lot better (no fault to the actors).
Everything in Spiderhead was lined up to be a great movie but when it was go time this film just missed the target. It was simple and very predictable. The ending was all over the place and was just bad (at least the soundtrack was good). As I said earlier this isn’t one of the worst movies I have watched so give it a try; who knows, you might like it better than I did.
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