The director of Top Gun: Maverick is already back, on Netflix this time, with a sci-fi thriller in which he directs Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller: Spiderhead.
What is it about ?
In a state-of-the-art penitentiary, an inmate questions the purpose of the emotion-control drugs he’s testing for a genius chemist.
Who is it with?
The visionary scientist who created the Spiderhead penitentiary in which all kinds of experiments on emotions are conducted is played by Chris Hemsworth, alias the God of Thunder from the Marvel universe.
The latter, who will also soon be showing Thor: Love and Thunder in the cinema, is not his first collaboration with Netflix since he had also been the headliner of the action film Tyler Rake, a sequel to which is already in the box. He also made small appearances in the film Interceptor, worn by his wife Elsa Pataky, available since the beginning of June on the platform.
As for the main inmates of this prison unlike any other, they are played by Miles Teller (Whiplash, the Fantastic 4 reboot), a regular at Joseph Kosinski’s cinema, for whom he notably shot Top Gun: Maverick, and Jurnee Smollett , known for her role in the Lovecraft Country series or having camped Black Canary in Birds of Prey.
Tess Haubrich, in the skin of another inmate, and Mark Paguio, in that of the right arm of the director of the program, complete the distribution.
Well worth a look ?
While Top Gun: Maverick is currently a hit around the world, Joseph Kosinski is already back with a new film, Spiderhead. The filmmaker nevertheless changes tone, leaving Tom Cruise and his planes far behind to offer a more modest thriller, looking like behind closed doors. Adapted from a short story by George Saunders, the sci-fi film is written by the duo behind Deadpool, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
In a futuristic penitentiary, a man tests drugs that play on emotions (they are able to make you laugh at genocides or make you find someone attractive who had no effect on you 3 seconds earlier) on convicts who preferred to become guinea pigs rather than staying in a traditional prison.
The first part of the film, setting up the stakes and cogs of the establishment, is not devoid of interest and carried by solid interpretations of Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett whose characters are haunted by the actions that have brought them in prison. And if the director played by a mutinous Chris Hemsworth likes to make prisoners, who can come and go as they please within the complex, think that he is their friend, he actually hides many secrets.
A reflection on consent and free will – habitual criminals must, in theory, authorize any drug injections given to them – sprinkled with dashes of dark humor and accompanied by a pop soundtrack, Spiderhead has a vibe strange to him. Unfortunately, the final twists and the conclusion of the feature film are too expected and tarnish the picture a little.
The Top Gun: Maverick trailer, still in theaters: