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Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett, BeBe Bettencourt, Mark Paguio, Sam Delich, Joey Vieira, Daniel Reader, Ron Smyck
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix sci-fi thriller directed by Joseph Kosinski. Set in a the near future, Spiderhead (2022) follows two inmates Jeff (Miles Teller) and Rachel (Jurnee Smollett), who form a connection while grappling with their pasts in a state-of-the-art penitentiary run by a brilliant visionary Steve Abnesti (Chris Hemsworth), who experiments on his subjects with mind-altering drugs.
Our Favorite Quotes:'I wish there was a self-forgiveness drug. You take it and everything starts over. The love I could give, the good I could do. But there's no drug like that. So, we're going to have to do it for ourselves.' - Jeff (Spiderhead) Click To Tweet
Abnesti: What was the ghost’s favorite fruit? Boo-berry.
Abnesti: What did the magician say to the fisherman? Pick a cod, any cod.
Abnesti: What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho cheese.
Abnesti: [over PA] Another beautiful morning, friends, time to rise and really shine. As volunteers in the Spider head Penitentiary and Research Center, you must do your part and always practice the golden rules. No abuse, physical, verbal, or otherwise, and label your food in the fridge.
Jeff: I hope they keep you on snack. I always said they wasted your talents on janitorial.
Lizzy: Don’t be too sure about that. I’ve got a bit of a scrub fetish.
Lizzy: Did you notice we kind of…
Jeff: Finish each other’s sentences?
Lizzy: I was going to say, need new bowls.
Lizzy: Well, you’re cute when you’re stupid.
Jeff: Okay, but it sucks because today was the day that, there was something that I was going to tell you today, Lizzy.
Lizzy: Okay. Well, we got time.
Jeff: Yes, we do.
Lizzy: All we’ve got is time.
Adam: [flashback, after we see Jeff’s been drinking at a party] You cool to drive?
Jeff: Ice cold.
Abnesti: [to Jeff, referring to Heather] I mean, how attractive is she?
Heather: What, Steve, you can’t see for yourself?
Abnesti: Heather, can you shut up, please? I’m asking Jeff. Jeff, how is she looking?
Jeff: Come on, man.
Abnesti: On a scale of one to ten?
Jeff: Yeah, she’s a seven and a half.
Abnesti: And Heather?
Heather: He’s alright. A five on a good day.
Jeff: Did you give her Honest-Ease?
Abnesti: No, I would have to ask. You know that.
Heather: I’m just kind of a b**ch.
Jeff: Oh. Well, then I’d like to change my vote to an eight.
Heather: [after they’ve been given more N-40] You’re stunning. You’re gorgeous. I’m so sorry. I don’t know why I didn’t see it before.
Jeff: That’s okay. You’re the most beautiful woman I think I’ve ever seen in my life.
Heather: Thank you.
Jeff: Wow. I could…
Jeff: I could…
Abnesti: You could what, Jeff?
[suddenly Jeff and Heather start kissing]
Abnesti: N-f***ing-40, baby. Yeah, Goddamn, we’re good!
Verlaine: The love drug.
Abnesti: [to Mark] I need you to observe these two. After they come down, in the next hours, days, do they seek contact? Profess feelings when they’re in the same room? Do they communicate non-verbally? Look for isopraxisms. Mirrored behaviors. People in love unconsciously mimic each other’s actions. They scratch their faces at the same time, fiddle with their hair at the same time. It’s like their bodies can’t help themselves. So watch Jeff and Heather. I want to know. I want to know does this love last?
Jeff: What’s up, Ray?
Ray: Someone wrote in s**t on the bathroom stall doors, that’s what.
Ray: I’ll find out who’s s**t-finger. Hope it ain’t you.
Jeff: It’s not.
Jeff: Hey, is there a drug to make you forget s**t?
Verlaine: Yeah, it’s called old age.
Jeff: I’m looking forward to it.
Abnesti: Hey, Dave, how you feeling?
Dave: [after he vomits] Hungry.
Verlaine: Could he be s**t-finger?
Abnesti: Yeah, maybe.
Jeff: [referring to Darkenfloxx] My preference is that nobody gets it.
Abnesti: That makes two of us.
Abnesti: See what we just did. With your help, we learned a lot more about N-40.
Abnesti: The work we do could help millions of people. You ever loved?
Abnesti: Yeah, you were lucky. Not everyone can. You know that loneliness is as lethal as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day? Look it up. Imagine if we could destroy all the world’s cigarettes. We’d have people everywhere loving, being loved, capable of love. And who would’ve made that possible?
Jeff: Gold star for me.
Abnesti: Yeah. Yeah. And your new friend, N-40. Yay for us.
'Beautiful people get away with too much.' - Abnesti (Spiderhead) Click To Tweet
Abnesti: What is it you want, Jeff, more than anything in the world?
Jeff: To go back.
Abnesti: [to Jeff] What you want is redemption. And this is how you’re going to find it.
Jeff: [leaving a voice message] Hey, babe, you’re probably getting sick of me leaving these things for you, but I just wanted to tell you the usual, that I miss you, and I’m sorry. Something else I want to tell you too. I met someone. Yeah, her name’s Lizzy. She kind of reminds me of you a little bit. So maybe I’ll finally stop bugging you. This’ll be my last, “I’m sorry.”
Jeff: [after he sees he’s been paired with Rogan] I’m not doing this. I won’t. No, I’m not. No! No! No! No! I’m not, I won’t. I won’t acknowledge.
Abnesti: Jeff, chill pill. It isn’t what you think. No romance novels today.
Rogan: Your loss.
Abnesti: What’s going on, huh?
Jeff: So everybody’s just f***ing everyone?
Jeff: I’ve been on some crazy-a** project teams, right? But this one doesn’t feel right.
Abnesti: Jeff, you know, I sympathize, but only to a point. Listen, I got to take off my friendship hat for a second and remind you, your presence in this facility, while technically a punishment, is a privilege. Is it not? You applied for it, you were approved for it. You could as easily be at State with the general pop, and you really would be playing pitch-and-catch, in your case catch, with the likes of Rogan. You don’t even want to know what he did in his last prison.
Abnesti: Mark, smile once in a while, okay? We’re changing the world.
Jeff: [referring to Darkenfloxx] I mean, it’s hard to describe without Verbaluce, but just imagine the worst you’ve ever felt times ten. And even that doesn’t even come close to it. Honestly, I mean, I felt like I was on fire. I wished I was on fire. I would have set myself on fire to make it stop.
Jeff: This place can really mess with your head. I mean, they’ve been testing me up and down, and a lot weirder stuff than usual. It’s just been really tough lately. Sometimes, it’s hard to remember who I was before I came in here. But, Lizzy, when I’m with you, that’s the only time I really feel like myself.
Abnesti: What do I keep saying to you, huh?
Verlaine: I don’t know. “Shut up, Mark?”
Abnesti: I say you got to think huge. It’s like you look at the world through the wrong end of binoculars or something. That’s weird. Don’t be weird.
Abnesti: Someone has to answer for our products, Mark. Does that not occur to you? Life out there is not life in here, okay? S**t is messy. It’s totally out of our control. This is new frontier stuff here. And when, not if, when one of our compounds falls on its face, one of us is going to have to stand in front of a bereaved loved one, or Mike Wallace, or God forbid, a jury, and answer for what we do. What we made, and bottled, and named, and sold. Is that going to be you? No, it’s going to be the guy who can say, “You’re goddamned right I stand behind our s**t. I’ve taken it myself.”
Verlaine: Mike Wallace is dead.
Abnesti: Really? Hard to keep track. Ed Bradley then.
Verlaine: Also dead.
Abnesti: Morley Safer? S**t. Better to think someone’s dead, and find out they’re alive.
Abnesti: Beautiful people get away with too much. I say that having benefited myself from time to time.
Abnesti: Oh, come on, Jeff. You should be flattered. Did we choose Rogan?
Jeff: You’re afraid of Rogan.
Abnesti: Yeah, Rogan could kill you with a box of Kleenex. But no, we deemed your level of speaking more commensurate with our data needs.
Abnesti: [to Jeff, referring to giving her Darkenfloxx] Did you even know Heather’s story? You don’t. Legally, you can’t. But does it involve whiskey, gangs, patricide? I can’t say. But can I imply that her past did not exactly include a dog named Lassie, and a lot of family talks about the Bible while grammy sat doing macramé? Can I suggest if you knew Heather’s past, making her feel briefly sad, nauseous, and, or horrified, it might not seem like the worst idea in the world?
Jeff: [after Heather’s been given Darkenfloxx] All I can think is Heather was once a child. Loved by her mother and father, neither foreseeing that one day she might do a terrible thing. A thing that would separate her once and for all from love.
Abnesti: Good. Good. Go on.
Jeff: Divorce her from joy, and cause her unspeakable sadness.
Abnesti: And do you love her?
Verlaine: [after Heather kills herself from overdosing on Darkenfloxx] This has gone too far. We need to report this.
Abnesti: Grow up. You shouldn’t act like we’ve crossed some sort of line here. The time to worry about crossing lines was a lot of lines ago. If anyone finds out what happened to Heather, they’ll shut us down, Mark. Everything I’ve accomplished will be lost, and don’t think they’ll just come after me. You’ll go down too.
Abnesti: Okay, this was awful. But what do I always tell you? Hmm? Pressure forms diamonds. Yeah. This is fine, okay? You and I, we’re going to redouble our efforts. We’re going to gold star B-6, and we’ll change the world, Mark. And Heather? Heather died for the best of causes, okay?
Abnesti: You know, this is science, Jeff. And in science, we have to explore the unknown. The unknown can lead to the unforeseen, and we had no way of predicting that…
Jeff: I get it.
Abnesti: You think what happened today, you think I liked it? I didn’t. I’m a person too. You know, I have feelings, and no one is more broken up about this than me. But in the long run, our work will help ease suffering. It’ll save lives, not just one life, many lives. We’re making the world a better place.
Jeff: Are we?
Abnesti: Yes, Jeff, we are.
Abnesti: [after they take G-46] What’s your worst memory?
Abnesti: I’m sorry, that’s a stupid question. Mine was, I was eight years-old, and my dad told me he was going to take me to summer camp. I was so excited. And he dropped me off, and it turns out it wasn’t summer camp, it was foster care, and I never saw him again. I’m laughing too.
Abnesti: Man, look at us, huh? Jeff and Steve. Steve and Jeff hanging out. Friends.
Jeff: You can walk out that door anytime you want. I can’t.
Abnesti: No, I can’t. Not anymore.
Jeff: What’s stopping you?
Abnesti: Well, the same thing that’s stopping you. And every decision I’ve ever made. The ones that led me here to this place. This is my one true love, Jeff. And once you fall in love, it’s hard to fall back out.
Abnesti: To Jeff and Steve. Not that different.
Abnesti: [referring to naming one of his drugs] This one’s a goodie. Phobica. Make people afraid of things that are bad for them.
Verlaine: What, like gluten?
Abnesti: Yeah. Or thinking too much.
Jeff: How do you feel now?
Lizzy: Not afraid. Just…
Jeff: Ashamed? Yeah, I hate that feeling. I couldn’t stand feeling that way in front of you. That’s why I asked to be off snack.
Lizzy: You know, all the years I spent at State. I come here, and I’m like, “Is this place even really so much better?” I mean, I’d take some beat downs. Instead of having a fear of a goddamn stapler.
Lizzy: Why do we keep saying yes?
Jeff: Acknowledge. Acknowledge. Acknowledge.
Lizzy: And for what? A private hall pass? A bedroom to ourselves? Copper freaking pots? I mean, all the times you’ve said yes, why did you?
Jeff: I guess I felt like I deserved it. That’s what I’ve been meaning to tell you, Lizzy.
Jeff: [after it’s revealed that Adam and Emma were killed from his dunk driving accident] Two counts, voluntary manslaughter. And that doesn’t include Heather.
Lizzy: Don’t do that to yourself. That’s not on you. You did everything you could.
Jeff: No. I said “acknowledge”. And I don’t even know why.
Lizzy: You’re a good soul.
[she embraces and kisses him]
Lizzy: We’re bad. We’re very bad.
Jeff: I mean, for what it’s worth, I think we’re the least of all evils in here.
Lizzy: Yeah, I don’t get it. Like how’s it possible, man?
Lizzy: If we’re all so bad, where’s the bad?
Abnesti: Oh, Jeff, we may want to reconsider the community snack bowl. I mean, given…
Abnesti: [after Jeff refuses to give Lizzy Darkenfloxx] Just remember, Jeff, what you did won’t have to happen to anyone again. Drugs like this will prevent places like this. No more damage. No more damaged people. Only you can prevent another you.
Jeff: Abnesti Pharmaceuticals. He’s the one in charge, and he’s naming the drugs using a goddamn Bingo card, Mark. What are you doing working at a place like this? I mean, all this talk of N-40, I call bulls**t, man. Abnesti doesn’t care about love. No, he cares about the red one. B-6. How can you go along with this? You could work anywhere. Why here? Why him?
Verlaine: There are so few geniuses. He promised me we would change the world. I just wanted to help people.
Jeff: You still can.
Abnesti: Mark’s out today. He’s got a stuffed up nose, or something. Millennials, huh? Sorry, that’s, it’s an unfair word. You think about it, someone arbitrarily decides that everyone born between this date and that date, they all act the same. It’s like a horoscope, but stupider. You and Mark are nothing alike.
Jeff: I don’t know. It was Mark who made me reconsider.
Abnesti: Ah. Well, I’ll forgive his sniffles.
Abnesti: What are we up against here, Jeff? Huh? You think you love her? You don’t even know her. I swear, the judgment on display in this f***ing building! How about a little share circle, huh? Yeah. Lizzy, why don’t you tell Jeff what you’re in for?
Jeff: I don’t care.
Abnesti: No, that’s what love is, right? Getting to know each other. So, let’s get to know each other.
Jeff: It doesn’t matter. She already told me.
Abnesti: Oh, did she?
Jeff: Robbery. Big deal.
Abnesti: Really? Is that what you told him, Lizzy? Come on. Your future husband, the father of your kids. He deserves to know the truth. Tell him. Come on.
Lizzy: I know who I am! I’m the mother who killed her baby. That’s who I am, Jeff. The mother who forgot her little girl in her car at a Walmart parking lot in July for three hours, while I went to work. One count, reckless endangerment. One count, manslaughter of my nine month-old little girl. My own flesh and blood.
Lizzy: Now, I don’t know what kind of sick-a** experiment this is, but whatever he wants you to do to me, come on, let’s get on with it, okay? The quicker we get over with, it’ll be better for all of us. Come on, man. You can’t hurt me. You can’t hurt me. There’s no greater pain than having to wake up every f***ing morning without her. Okay? And I know you think you love me, but anything in me worth loving died with her long ago. So, come on. Let’s do it. Come on. Give it to me. F***ing give it to me. Give it to me! F***ing do your job, Jeff! Give it to me!
Jeff: [after it looks like he’s given Lizzy Darkenfloxx] What’s so funny?
Abnesti: Her sitting in there, this whole thing, you with that phone, everyone acting all serious. Is it just me who finds this amusing?
Jeff: [we see he’s actually given Abnesti G-46] Yeah. Only you.
Jeff: [after it’s revealed Abnesti been given Darkenfloxx] Can I get you something for how you’re feeling? That was the first thing you said to me. The acknowledgement that you needed for the most important study of them all. And what did we say?
Jeff: What were we saying yes to, huh? What were we agreeing to put in our bodies every single day? B-6. It doesn’t make you happy, or hungry, or horny. It makes you do as you’re told. “Laugh, stop laughing. Eat, stop eating. F***, stop f***ing!” You weren’t testing those other drugs. You were testing B-6.
Jeff: [referring to B-6] What were you going to call it?
Abnesti: O-B-D-X. Obediex.
Jeff: And it did work. Enough for you to live amongst killers. But not enough for a gold star.
Abnesti: B-6 had to be perfect. The goal wasn’t obedience. It was absolute obedience without exceptions. We had to know, could we get you to follow an order antithetical to your deepest values and emotions. Do the very thing you’d least want to do in the world.
Jeff: Hurt someone you love.
Abnesti: B-6 could force you to repeat the precise act you most regretted, to harm another, someone you held dear. It could force anyone to do anything.
Jeff: I trusted you. We trusted you with our lives! You made us do all this s**t to each other, thinking it was our choice, but it was yours. You took away our…
Abnesti: Your what? Your free will, Jeff? Where did that get you, huh? Can’t you picture it? A world filled with people who do as they’re told. We’d be selling peace and harmony itself. The ability to compel people to act on behalf of the greater good. Behave, not as they want, but as they damn well should.
Jeff: I want you to tell the world what you did to Heather.
Abnesti: Man, I could go to prison. Iit would ruin me. Everything I built. I could go to prison, Jeff.
Jeff: Jeff and Steve. Not that different.
Jeff: [after Abnesti reveals he and Lizzy were free to leave] I’m going to make sure you never do this to anyone ever again.
Jeff: Give me the knife. I said, give it to me.
Jeff: Because I told you to, Steve. And because I put enough B-6 in your veins to tame a goddamn lion. Really works, huh?
Abnesti: Not when someone has been told to kill the only thing he’s ever loved. I learned that from you.
Lizzy: I’m so sorry.
Jeff: For what?
Lizzy: I’m sorry I lied.
Jeff: Lizzy, I love you. Nothing you said or did is going to change that.
Jeff: [as they see Sarah writing on the walls with feces] S**t-finger?
Jeff: [after Abnesti dies and he and Lizzy leave Spiderhead] I wish there was a self-forgiveness drug. You take it and everything starts over. Everyone you ever loved, you did right by them. Treated them like gold. And you feel like it’s all ahead of me. This beautiful life, all the pleasures of it. The love I could give, the good I could do. But there’s no drug like that. So, we’re going to have to do it for ourselves.