Clearly, Chris Hemsworth’s Steve Abnesti is not your average scientist. I can’t imagine that a medical procedure usually involves telling your test subjects to “shut up”. Or watch them kiss… but each to their own. In the new “Spiderhead” music video, Abnesti tests his drugs on Jeff and Heather (Tess Haubrich), with some very remarkable results. Within seconds, the pair go from mildly interested in each other to sucking faces and Abnesti looks delighted. It’s scary enough that his mind-altering drug has this kind of impact on their actions, but what makes it ten times more disturbing is the fact that administering the drug doesn’t involve needles or any type of procedure: all the scientist does is turn a dial on a screen the size of a smartphone! Everything is remote, so whatever puts the drug into their systems is already attached to their body.
While Abnesti kindly asks them to “acknowledge” their consent before using the drug, it’s not hard to imagine a scene where he skips that step. And it doesn’t help that one of the dials shows whether the amount of the drug is lethal or not. Plus, the fact that this is based on a story called “Escape from Spiderhead” definitely hints at the worst. While Hemsworth is known for playing a beloved superhero, some of his most interesting roles have involved ditching heroism for a darker mindset. “Bad Times At The El Royale” saw him become a cult leader in his own right and while Abnesti doesn’t seem like that particular flavor of evil, something about the glasses and the scientific schtick makes him damn creepy. “Spiderhead” is directed by “Top Gun: Maverick” and “TRON: Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski, with an adapted screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
“Spiderhead” hits Netflix on June 17, 2022.
“Two inmates (Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett) make a connection while struggling with their pasts in a state-of-the-art penitentiary run by a brilliant visionary (Chris Hemsworth) who experiments mind-altering drugs on his subjects. A prisoner in a state-of-the-art penitentiary of technology begins to question the purpose of emotion-controlling drugs as he tests for a pharmaceutical genius.”