Black Mirror: Bandersnatch [2018] ★½

I know I’m a bit late coming to this movie, but having heard a lot of things about it ever since its release on Netflix earlier year, I finally decided to give it a shot. If you’re not familiar with it, “Bandersnatch” is supposedly the “first” interactive movie in which you get to decide the fate of the characters involved as well as the events that take place. It’s an ambitious move for sure, but unfortunately, I thought it was poorly executed. Set in 1984, this extended “Black Mirror” episode (because that’s what it really is) follows a young programmer who finds his life turn upside down when he starts developing a video game based on a fantasy novel. It’s an intriguing premise, especially for someone who is an avid retro gamer, but that’s pretty much it. From that moment on, the movie sinks into a sea of confusion while trying to rip-off the 1983 classic “Videodrome” (a terrific movie by the way). Even worse is the interactive feature, which adds nothing to the experience (trust me, it gets boring after a while). I know a lot of people who heaped praise on this ambitious Netflix project, but I can only be honest in expressing my feelings: I thought it was a complete misfire.

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