Review: Spiderhead

Well, hello there! How’s your new year going so far? Mine has been super productive.

Today, I have a review of a movie that, I think, has flown in under the radar a bit. I’ve mentioned it to a couple of people, and they have no idea what I’m talking about.

Spiderhead is a movie that’s currently available on the Netflix.

Here’s the description from the IMDB: “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.”

This movie is…interesting. It definitely has its own vibe.

The movie is set in a fancy facility on an island that, except for some security measures, looks nothing like a place that would house convicts. It has retro-modern architecture and furniture. It’s clean, and the convicts move around relatively freely. The place has a civilized appearance, but its secrets are pretty far from civilized.

Chris Hemsworth is in the movie, always a plus, and he seems to really get into the “mad scientist” role. The character, Abnesti, is equal parts brilliant, terrifying, and ridiculous. He isn’t the main character, but there is a considerable amount of scene-stealing.

Practically a character itself is the soundtrack. The story is set to mostly upbeat (80s?) music, which somehow accentuates the oddness of the situation and the setting.

The aspects of the story that really drew me in were the secrets and the suspense. Abnesti pushes the convicts further and further, and there’s no real way to tell how far he’ll go to accomplish his goals. The ratings on IMDB aren’t that great, but I thought it was a decent movie. I’d definitely give it extra points for originality. It’s fun. It’s weird. It’s mildly disturbing.

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