This Sci-Fi Thriller Starring Chris Hemsworth & Miles Teller Has Quickly Become the #1 Movie on Netflix

Lately, Chris Hemsworth has been on a press tour to promote his upcoming Marvel film, Thor: Love and Thunder, while Miles Teller has been enjoying the success of the box office-dominating Top Gun: Maverick. However, while these two have been keeping quite busy, their latest Netflix film, Spiderhead, is also grabbing audiences' attention.

Based on a George Saunders short story titled “Escape from Spiderhead,” this new sci-fi thriller takes place at a fictional penitentiary, where prisoners of the state are given reduced sentences in exchange for their participation in chemical experiments that alter their mood and brain function. In the film, Hemsworth plays Steve Abnesti, a researcher who oversees the medical experiments, while Teller plays Jeff, an inmate of the prison.

Spiderhead was just released to Netflix on Friday, and in a matter of 48 hours, the flick has moved into the number-one spot on the streaming site's list of most-watched films, overtaking other recent hits like the Adam Sandler sports drama Hustle and the Jennifer Lopez documentary Halftime.

“Our work will save lives. Not just one life, many lives,” Abnesti says in the trailer. “We're making the world a better place.” However, as we watch things unravel and the patients seemingly endure more and more twisted experimentations, it's fair to assume these tests might not be as ethical as Hemsworth's character tries to make them seem.

Alongside Hemsworth and Teller, Spiderhead also stars Jurnee Smollett, Tess Haubrich, BeBe Bettencourt, Mark Paguio, Sam Delich, Joey Vieira, Daniel Reader, Ron Smyck, Stephen Tongun and Nathan Jones. The film was directed by Joseph Kosinski, with a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

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