Netflix Geeked Week is now in full swing and today marks day two of the week-long event. While the first day focused on upcoming series hitting the streaming service, today’s focus is on all the exciting new films that are soon to be released, one that dropped last week, as well as one that is currently filming. As streaming wars continue, I have to say, this week is reassuring us all that Netflix is a great choice. After watching the live broadcast, all of the trailers, clips, and stills from the films that were presented look amazing. However, the one that intrigues me the most and closed out the exclusive news is Spiderhead. Now, we did get the official trailer a few weeks ago, but it’s such an enticing trailer, we don’t mind seeing it again. And with an intro from its star, Chris Hemsworth, we got an exciting first look at the film that is down below.
What it’s about
The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, and Jurnee Smollet —solid cast. Based on a dystopian short story titled Escape from Spiderhead by George Saunders that appeared in The New Yorker, here’s what you need to know.
In a state-of-the-art penitentiary run by brilliant visionary Steve Abnesti (Chris Hemsworth), inmates wear a surgically attached device that administers dosages of mind-altering drugs in exchange for commuted sentences. There are no bars, no cells, or orange jumpsuits. In Spiderhead, incarcerated volunteers are free to be themselves. Until they’re not. At times, they’re a better version. Need to lighten up? There’s a drug for that. At a loss for words? There’s a drug for that, too. But when two subjects, Jeff (Miles Teller) and Lizzy (Jurnee Smollett), form a connection, their path to redemption take a twistier turn, as Abnesti’s experiments start to push the limits of free will altogether. Based on The New Yorker short story by George Saunders, SPIDERHEAD is a genre-bending and darkly funny psychological thriller directed by Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy, Top Gun: Maverick) and written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Zombieland).
Is Hemsworth’s character a visionary or villain? In this clip, we get a taste of what to expect. Two inmates, one being Miles Teller, are asked a few questions about their attraction to one another before they are administered a drug called N-40. Once they acknowledge, the drug is activated through a phone and the experiment begins and gets a little spicy.
Spiderhead begins streaming on Netflix on June 17, 2022. Are you as excited and intrigued as I am? Let us know why or why not.
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