A young programmer starts to question reality when he adapts a mad writer's fantasy novel into a video game.A young programmer starts to question reality when he adapts a mad writer's fantasy novel into a video game.A young programmer starts to question reality when he adapts a mad writer's fantasy novel into a video game.
A Netflix original interactive movie Bandersnatch tells the tale of a video game programmer and his gradual mental deterioration.
First of all let me say I adore interactive movies when they're in video game form, from the Tell Tale epics to Heavy Rain (2010) and Beyond Two Souls (2013). The concept really suits me and opens up new doors within the entertainment industry so I'm surprised that this isn't done more often.
Sadly if you think this is the start of something on Netflix then think again, the interactivity gimmick is part of the entire thing. I can't say more without going into spoiler territory but it's a real shame that it won't proceed from here.
The interactivity within Bandersnatch is at a decent frequency, not too much and not too little. The problem is that ultimately your decisions don't mean anything, at all. If you're expecting multiple story arcs you'll be sorely disappointed.
Which poses new questions, such as why create such a movie with this gimmick if they aren't going to fully utilize it? They had an opportunity here to do something really special and the thoroughly blew it.
When you take a step back however and don't focus on the interactive element what you'll find is an interesting enough feature. Starring Will Poulter it looks the part, has a solid 80's feel and soundtrack and was a great trip down memory lane for a person of my generation.
Reminding me oddly of The Butterfly Effect (2004) I have to say that the movie (Taking away the interactive element) isn't the most engaging tale but certainly comes together in the end and delivered what I would consider a freight train of a finale. I'm not going through it again to see if there are alternate endings, but based on what happens throughout and how ultimately choices are meaningless I'd be surprised if there is more than 1 additional.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is potential wasted and a grand scale.
Some great writing
Solid 80's soundtrack
Gets very repetitive
The decision based gameplay is ultimately pointless
- Jan 4, 2019