The Netflix film “Spiderhead” is based on the widely acclaimed short stories
Building on the massive success of Top Gun: Maverick, filmmaker Joseph Kosinski is set to captivate you with another film that will leave you hooked in its entirety. The upcoming Netflix movie, titled Spiderhead, follows a visionary scientist, Steve Abnesti (Chris Hemsworth), who runs a state-of-the-art prison where inmates can be themselves, all thanks to doses of mind-altering drugs.
Two inmates – Jeff (Miles Teller) and Lizzy (Jurnee Smollet) – attract particular attention from the scientist as they show good results when given the drugs. However, things spiral out of control when the experiments spiral out of control. Will they manage to get out of prison? Or do they go insane before they do something dangerous? The answers to these burning questions will be revealed when the film hits Netflix on June 17th.
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If you’re one of those people who feels like you read something similar a few years ago, then you’re right, because the upcoming Netflix movie is based on a short story that was published in a popular media outlet almost a decade ago.
What is Escape from Spiderhead about? When was it released?
In 2010, The New Yorker published on its platform a collection of short stories entitled Escape from Spiderhead, giving readers a glimpse of what the future might be like if we continued to use drugs in some form.
Written by George Saunders, the short story begins with words like “Drip on” and “Acknowledge,” which play important roles throughout the story. “Drip On” says Abnesti whenever he is willing to give inmates the mind-altering drugs, while “validation” comes from the mouths of all subjects being drugged. The subjects of these tests are people in a very desperate situation, ie prison inmates.
These drugs are not regular drugs, they can alter reality for these inmates and make them feel what they want to feel. If you want to feel happy, there is a drug for that. If you want to know what it feels like to be loved, there’s a drug for that, too.
The story mainly focuses on the life of Jeff, who is going through a difficult period and turns his life upside down when he realizes what is happening to him in prison. So it’s all about Jeff’s escape route from prison and how things progress when the story comes to an end.
If you were a fan of Saunders’ writing, then you know that all of his stories have a central theme. Escape from Spiderhead is no different and focuses on the “moral dilemma” as Jeff finds himself in a dilemma over several decisions he must make. Throughout the story, it constantly bothers him because he is a good person and never wanted to make decisions that would endanger the lives of others. On the contrary, Abnesti focuses more on the drugs’ success than the people in front of his eyes.
Saunders is one of the acclaimed authors who has worked for several prestigious media such as The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, The Guardian and GQ. His 2017 novel Lincoln in the Bardo earned him his first-ever Man Booker Prize.
Although it was difficult to find critics’ reviews for the above title, public reviews seem to have given us an idea that the short story was immensely loved by readers. It has a rating of 4.2 on Goodreads, and most readers praised Saunders’ writing and vision.
Spiderhead will premiere exclusively on Netflix on Friday, June 17.