Andrea’s film review – Spiderhead

Spiderhead ⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali

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. Streaming on Netflix.

Spiderhead is a futuristic state-of-the-art prison, with no bars, or cells, or orange uniforms and where inmates are free to roam around. They also agree to be tested with experimental drugs which enhances their feelings, emotions and often their libido, in exchanged for a shortened sentence.

It seems an intriguing set-up for this new Netflix thriller. Add to that, a stylish look, reminiscent of Ex-Machina, two of the biggest stars of the moment (Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller) and director Joseph Kosinski at the helm, the man behind the latest Top Gun Maverick, which is currently still breaking all sorts of box office records.

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, apparently quite a lot.

Spiderhead is based on a short story and after a while the limitations of the source material begins to show as the film gets repetitive, runs out of ideas and start to wobble.

Not even the two charismatic leads, however watchable (though maybe miscast: I wonder what would have happened if they had switched their roles) can save the film from feeling a bit derivative and superficial.

The film is overblown and inert at the same time. The twists are anticlimactic, badly handled and fairly predictable and the payoff at the end is so bland and generic that all you’re left with is a sour taste in your mouth and the feeling that they have missed an opportunity (or possibly two) and that you’ve just spent 1 hour and 47 minutes of your time and by this time tomorrow you’ll hardly remember what it was all about.

Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick

Spiderhead  is streaming on Netflix.

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