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A prisoner questions his emotions after being a test subject for a love-inducing drug.


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From the same director of 'Top Gun: Maverick', Joseph Kosinski, this movie is quite different from the Tom Cruise-led blockbuster. 'Spiderhead' is based on the short story 'Escape From Spiderhead', by George Saunders and originally published in The New Yorker, and features an experiment involving intoxicants and the prison system. Its central concept isn't too far from our reality when we stop to think about how many chemicals we ingest daily - and we're not talking about drugs. This production navigates between science fiction, thriller, and dark comedy genres, managing to be perversely funny. Shot during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, 'Spiderhead' has few actors: the cast is composed of Miles Teller, Chris Hemsworth, Jurnee Smollett and Charles Parnell, relying more on dialogue than action, but it is well-filmed and much smarter than it appears. It's also a great opportunity to see Hemsworth expanding his acting potential beyond action heroes.



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Plot summary

This is set in the near future, when convicts are offered the chance to volunteer as medical subjects in hopes of shortening their sentences. When one prisoner finds himself the test patient for a new pharmaceutical capable of generating feelings of love, he begins questioning the reality of his emotions and sets out to discover the truth.

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