Warning: Possible Spoilers
A movie with a shocking twist, Black Mirror Bandersnatch quickly became one of the most seen movies on Netflix, along with becoming the talk of many social media platforms. Trumping Bird Box, even, many were shocked at the functions and overall look of the movie.
The movie is based off the theory created by Jerome F. Davies, where you as a human being are not in control of your life or your choices, someone else is. The tragic author writes a book based on his theory, along with talking about hallucinations and symbols he has seen, before killing his wife.
The movie is also based on “a planned Imagine Software video game of the same name which went unreleased after the company filed for bankruptcy”, according to Wikipedia.
The movie follows Stefan Butler, played by Fionn Whitehead, a young video game programmer in the 1980’s. He’s a big fan of Jerome F. Davie’s and Colin Ritman’s– played by Will Poulter –work. After reading the large boook titled “Bandersnatch”, Stefan deides to make a game version of it.
Stefan agrees to make the game for the big company “Image Software”, but as the deadline nears him, he starts feeling out of control of his actions. The thing is: he is not in control. The watcher is.
We decide what he listens to, what he eats for breakfast, and these small things eventually turn into bigger, more important decisions. The movie is like a video game, where the screen presents you with two options. You have ten seconds to choose what you want before the movie automatically chooses for you.
With each choice, you get taken down a different road and lead to a different ending. According to the executive producers of the matserpiece, Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, there are around 10 to 12 endings. You can reach some in 40 miutes, while others might take about 2.5 hours to reach.
As each ending unravels, Stefan and the watcher wonder if they should really trust his therapist Dr. Hayes (Alice Lowe) and his father (Craig Parkinson). Organizations such as P.A.C.S are introduced, along with theories and drugs. It’s almost overwhelming.
I am unaware how many endings I was able to unlock. What I am aware of is that my mother and I sat on the couch, flabergasted for a solid two hurs tapping away at the control.
At the beginning, I believed it was Stefan who had the ability to go back in time and reset everything due to a choice I made. I’m assuming that one ending I got was that Stefan released the video game, only for it to be a flop.
The other ending I got, though, took a longer time to reach. It concluded with Stefan killing his “father” and ending up in jail, only for his video game to receive another bad review. His entire route was so complex and confusing, it took me some time to absorb everything being thrown at me.
Stefan struggles with his mental health as he works on the video game, and he questions his existence as he becomes aware that someone is controlling him.
In a scene as he is working on his computer and almost lashes out at it, he questions aloud of anyone is there. You can either decide to tell him Netflix is controlling him or that a organization known as P.A.C.S is watching him.
If you choose Netflix, which I did at first, he visits Dr. Hayes (if you want him to) and explains this. While at the psychiatric visit, the scene suddenly changes into a film set scene, where Stefan is an actor in an action film.
If you choose P.A.C.S, which I ended up doing after some time, Stefan finds out he is an experiment by the government and that his father is not his real father. He ends up killing his “father”.
Another scene that caught my attention was when Stefan ran to Colin instead of visiting Dr. Hayes. In Colin’s home, the white haired male reveals that he also knows of the feeling of not being in control. He also reveals things such as P.A.C.S, your parents not being your real parents.
At the end of the scene, Colin takes Stefan outside to his balconey. He says that one of them will throw themselves off the balconey. I chose Colin, because I assumed choosing Stefan would be an automatic end to the film. Colin jumped.
The overall shock of the scene left me amazed that Colin actually killed himself, convinced that he would still exist in anothr parallel universe.
Colin’s blabber while high connects to several theories of multiple timelines, universes, and dimensions, wherw we might exist here but we also exist in a different version of the universe.
The film was overall better than I was prepared for. When my mother and I chose that movie to watch, I was expecting a sci-fi movie, but when I was presented a small tutorial of the movie I was left in shock, screaming for my mother to see. I wasn’t expecting such a psychological thriller to be shown on the screen.
You get the aura of the 1980’s, and that time’s clothing style and accessories and music fall under my aesthetic, so the movie was very pleasing to my eyes and ears. The actors ans effects were absolutely amaizng. Every time Stefan had a meltdown due to stress, the screen darkened, and you could even feel the intense emotions and feelings he was going through.
Overall, the film was food for the mind, leading it on several twists and turns, and showing the viewer what the perspective of a higher being is like.