Spiderhead: Directed by Joseph Kosinski. With Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett, Mark Paguio. 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.
Presented by “THE NEW YORKER” which is a stuffy political magazine that I have never once read, nor have any interest in, since I’m not in New York and have no need to know about gossip from that location. They also do short stories in their paper though, and “spiderhead” is one of those. It’s take on the “Milgram experiment” with a dash of self exploration. Both Hemsworth and Teller are at the top of their game, and Smollett is here, I just wish they had given her more to do than be a fellow experimentee.
This is one of those few Netflix films that feels like it would have been perfectly fine to release in theaters, which they coincidentally did, at a single theater for just one day. Guess they think it’s good enough for nominations too?