Spiderhead Movie Review: Miles Teller and Chris Hemsworth Face Off in New Netflix Flick!

“Spiderhead” has a sense of openness to it. The expansive views of the ocean and adjacent mountains make the space feel light and airy. After watching the Netflix film, it becomes clear that much of the action takes place in just two rooms and between two men.

There needs to be a lot of thought put into the set design. The movie’s protagonists don’t think they’re in a bind, and they benefit from the audience’s shared perspective. The stunning scenery and warm decor make it hard to believe anything evil is occurring here. When you least expect it, “Spiderhead” will strike.

The film is about an alternate prison and was directed by Joseph Kosinski (“Top Gun: Maverick”). The film was inspired by a short tale by George Saunders. Steve (Chris Hemsworth) is in charge and welcomes all visitors.

Inmates can wear whatever they choose and go anywhere they please while incarcerated. In exchange, though, they have to wear a plastic gadget that constantly injects them with medicines to alter their mood. Further, they are always available to be enlisted as test subjects.

Chris Hemsworth And Miles Teller

Jeff (Miles Teller{Twitter}), played by Teller, is in jail due to a spectacular drunk driving accident that is shown twice in the film so the audience can take it all in. Although he is able to physically escape the situation, he will never be able to do so mentally. A normal individual would be consumed by guilt with such a massive calamity.

Teller has transformed himself in recent years from a quirky teen into a reliable leading man. Like Jeff, he comes out as mysterious and capable of handling himself. While incarcerated, he develops feelings for Lizzy (Jurnee Smollett), the facility’s cook and an inmate.

Chris Hemsworth And Miles Teller

Jurnee Smollett and Miles Teller Play Fellow Inmates in “Spiderhead”

To be expected from a Saunders adaptation, the tone is dark overall, but there are some darkly comedic moments. Jeff and a female convict are isolated together.

They treat each other with disdain until, in a pharmaceutical take on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” aphrodisiacs flood their systems and they can’t help but get s**ually aroused. The subsequent experiments are progressively more ominous.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the best vehicle yet for Hemsworth to show off his talents. The Avengers and Thor films demonstrate his comedic prowess, improvisational skills, and deadpan timing. However, his abilities are used as mere embellishments in those films, which instead focus on action and CGI.

As the film’s protagonist, Hemsworth must carry the momentum against the more laid-back Teller. He is constantly selling something as Steve, changing tactics and tempo based on the other person’s reaction.

In other words, he uses his charisma to his advantage. He is unstoppable, preying on people’s guilt while either promising companionship or implying problems and resorting to blatant threats, sometimes all within the span of a handful of minutes. Thanks to his agility, everything Hemsworth does appears natural and fluid.


With the question, “If a feeling is drug-induced, is it real?,” “Spiderhead” looks to be a cautionary story about the subject of mood-altering substances. And if not, then where do we draw the boundary between reality and fiction?”

However, “Spiderhead” is essentially just a showdown between Hemsworth’s force and Teller’s inertia from a theatrical standpoint. A delight is offered in witnessing two actors at the height of their abilities as they spar with each other. Each contributes to the enhancement of the other’s abilities.

Chris Hemsworth And Miles Teller

Both Chris Hemsworth and Teller Play Crucial Roles

N-40/”Luvactin,” which enables the user to fall in love, “Daffodil,” which causes the user to find everything humorous, and the terrifying “Darkenfloxx” are just some of the many medications that have been studied.

Last of these causes so severe despair that one inmate commits suicide after receiving an overdose. This death, along with Abnesti’s reenactment of the Milgram Experiment (in which Jeff is basically forced to help administer Darkenfloxx to another inmate), is what ultimately causes Jeff to rebel against the doctor in both the story and the film.

Finally, Jeff convinces Abnesti’s aide Verlaine (Mark Paguio) to help him alter Abnesti’s brain chemistry so that he and his girlfriend Lizzy (Lovecraft Country alum Jurnee Smollett) can escape.

When the police, alerted by Verlaine’s leak, finally arrive at Abnesti’s isolated facility, he tries to flee, but the narcotics flooding his system make him mistake a nearby mountain peak for a luminous orb of love.

He (likely) perishes when his puddle jumper slams into a rock, but Lizzy and Jeff make a hasty getaway in a speedboat, and a reassuring voiceover underscores the happy “It’s a Just World (After All)” conclusion. The film’s rather straightforward premise is articulated in this voiceover and in the divergent paths taken by the two protagonists.

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