Spiderhead is a wasteful adaptation of a good story

Spiderhead is a wasteful adaptation of a good story

Netflix review

It’s fun to compare movies with the books on which they are based. In this case, read the story.

It’s fun to compare movies with the books on which they are based. In this case, read the story.

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Miles Teller (Jeff), Joseph Kosinski Director, Jurnee Smollett (Lizzie) at the Spiderhead screening in New York on June 15th.

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It may be a sign of creative bankruptcy, but I’m happy to see a movie based on the novel. After watching the movie, it’s fun to go back and see what’s off and what’s stuck to the source. Even better if the movie is based on a short story: then you don’t have to read the entire book!

If you don’t want spoilers, you should first read George Saunders’ story “Escape from Spiderhead.”It’s still available on the website New Yorker The first magazine published in 2010. SpiderheadThe 2022 Netflix series is a movie version of the Manbooker Prize-winning movie directed by Joseph Kosinski and starring Chris Hemsworth.Better than expected, but still a sacrifice Netflixisation Blend movie themes and metaphors into one unified language.

The original story is like this. In an unsafe prison where medicines are tested against prisoners (imagine BF Skinner running the Norwegian prison system), a prison named Jeff decides to try a new love drug. It has become.

Under the eerie gaze of researcher Abnesty, who turned into a watchman, Jeff and his fellow prisoners are exposed to a variety of drugs that simulate the most extreme human emotions: just intense love and desire. No fear, pain, and complete obedience.

Jeff has a strong affection for women who wouldn’t care otherwise. For a few hours she falls in love with (and falls in love with) a woman. After the effect disappears and the annoyance returns, Abnesty wants to know if Jeff has a leftover love for women.

And he tries to get Jeff to administer Darkenfloxx to them, proving that the drug leaves him no trace. Darkenfloxx is a terrible drug that makes women feel worse than “10 times the worst I’ve ever felt”.

With the push of a button, Jeff begins to experience intense emotions over and over again, gradually hollowing out. Annoyed by conflicting emotions about the hollowness and ease with which chemicals can manipulate them, Jeff chooses to escape the Spiderhead. But he’s not a prison break. It is a liberation from the human coil itself, as Jeff takes his life.

Netflix certainly captures some of the emotional emptiness Jeff experiences. Jeff, played by Miles Teller on a small screen, suffers from conflicting emotions when Abnesty puts him at the center of a powerful love drug trial called N. 40.

Like a short story, Jeff is first made to feel love for strangers and then asked to give them Darken Phlox-how guilty and the strongest human emotions are artificial. It is a decision to raise the issue. However, there is a decisive difference. Jeff has a girlfriend, Lizzie (Jurnee Smollett). This certainly adds conflicting emotions, but it also provides the series with a perfect story arc to make the story less deadly and more Netflix.

If a film based on a novel has to strategically exclude things (so that it doesn’t become a four-hour slogan), a film based on a short story requires a lot of padding. And after reading “Escape from Spiderhead”, the padding of Netflix original flavors becomes a little richer and clearer.

For one thing, the soundtrack is packed full of classic songs, and every few minutes, a song with lyrics that everyone knows plays. Jeff takes the inside story and Abnesty becomes even more eerie. But most notably, the darking of the original story has changed dramatically.

Where Jeff of Sanders chooses to die, the movie literally takes “escape from Spiderhead.” And at the exact moment when the story and the movie diverge, things collapse. All final actions depend on half-explained plot points and story elements that do not respond to the wit of the source.

This is a very Netflix way to fill the gap. If there is nothing else, hit the song that the audience sings with. Is the material too thin and stretched? Just add a happy ending.

The best part of Spiderhead Everything comes from the story-and those parts are really good.But the rest could have been pulled from a hat full of metaphors, in case a large studio needs to be added. husband In their work. And while it’s positive to see good stories turn into big movies, Spiderhead Not a good example. It has a good story in its center, it was ruined by some clumsy twists and turns-and lots of padding.

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