The film has Hemsworth playing brilliant visionary Steve Abnesti, who runs a state-of-the-art penitentiary with quite the agenda: surgically attaching inmates with devices that administer dosages of mind-altering drugs in exchange for commuted sentences. The “benefits” from these drugs range from fixing moods, to providing confidence, to triggering sexual arousal. These incarcerated volunteers aren’t forced to be there and can be themselves… until they’re not. Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett play two subjects who form a connection and find themselves at the mercy of Steve’s experiments, which begin to push the limits of free will altogether.
This is based on The New Yorker short story Escape from Spiderhead by George Saunders – and you can read it in full RIGHT HERE. The film adaptation is directed by Top Gun: Maverick and TRON: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski and written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Zombieland).
Looks like a fun, wild, dark ride, and it’s nice to see Hemsworth trying out a sinister – albeit charming – character like this. Bring it on.
Spiderhead will be streaming on Netflix from June 17th.