Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Stefan is a young and upcoming computer game programmer. Stefan has a dream to turn one of his favourite novels into a video game for the whole world to experience. After a large company decides to invest in his idea and turn it into a new game, Stefan will try to meet deadlines and deliver a perfect game without problems or faults. As Stefan tries to develop his game further, his mind will start playing games of its own.

For those who are not aware, this is a “choose your own adventure” style movie- a first-time experience on Netflix. To watch the film, you, the viewer, will be required to make decisions which can alter the film’s plot and storyline. Netflix has also confirmed that you need a “modern device” (such as a PlayStation 4 etc.) to allow the feature/function to work. Some choices that you will be required to make are minor, and others are huge, which as mentioned can change the entire experience or the plot! So choose carefully.

Because this is not a typical film, my review score will is based on my experience of this new concept from Netflix and not the film itself. After long consideration, I feel it’s impossible to review this as a standard film. Since watching the movie, I have also talked with other viewers and discussed their experience of the film. Overall, I am somewhat surprised to hear people’s different results and what story others were able to achieve.

According to IMDb, the total amount of footage that is used to make this film is a total of 5 hours and 12 mins. The Netflix viewer can also view all of this footage, but to do this, it would require you to watch the film multiple times. On average, a viewer watching this movie would only watch approx. 90 mins of footage until you would need to start the film all over again to get a different ending.

As a personal experience, I watched this on the night of its release on Netflix along with my wife. The film and world that is created in the Black Mirror series is incredible. As selections were made, I was also surprised as to just how smoothly everything runs, flowing just like a regular film. There are no loading screens or delays when selections are required to be made. Even if you’re thinking about your choice, the film continues as it awaits your final decision. I can say that I have witnessed this type of concept before with selected PlayStation 4 video games, but even then I’ve never seen or experienced anything as smooth as this in regards to both loading times and its pace. Most games I have experienced also have actors that are slightly cheesy where this film has invested into getting proper, talented actors. As for the plot, it’s unique, and I feel many people will relate to the film, not to mention that I loved the 80s references throughout the movie too.

As an experience, though, it was a tad tricky. As I stated, the journey I was rather exciting, but around the halfway mark, sections of the film began to be repeated so I could choose a path that led to a final ending. Some of the time, I was happy to revisit the choice, but at other times I did find it slightly annoying. Once again, this will depend on the user and the selections you made. Out of the five endings, I have completed three different finishes thus far.

Overall, Netflix has supported a new film which I feel will be game-changer when it comes to movies. If you haven’t watched this film, I recommend it as I think it would surprise many of its audiences and you will find a good dose of entertainment as it is new and fresh (and fun!). Every person who watches this film will experience something different to others. Could this be a new fad? Imagine selecting outcomes on the next horror film. Like 3D, this fad could have its moment and then disappear. I enjoyed this concept, and I give full credit to Netflix’s effort to deliver something new to the world. I do wish the experience could have been slightly more positive in allowing me to conclude first viewing. Have you watched the film yet? What were your thoughts?

5.9/10

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Set in the Adriatic Sea, Murina follows a young teenage girl named Julija (Gracija Filipovic), who lives with her mother and father.  We quickly understand that Julija's father is quite controlling and even has bursts of abusive moments toward her.  We also...

Pil’s Adventures (2021)

Pil is a young orphan girl who has daily adventures with three cute little weasels, her only close friends.  Pil is quite a determined and somewhat cheeky, mischievous little girl who is kind to those in need of help, particularly animals.  Sadly, Pil lives...

Ablaze (2021)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers, please be advised that this film contains themes of violence and oppression against Indigenous Australians and images and videos of deceased persons. Introducing Ablaze, a feature-length documentary that looks back at the...

The Warriors (1979)

Set in the future, the city of New York is full of street gangs. One night, the leader of all the gangs, "Cyrus", calls a gathering of every known gang to one meeting place. As Cyrus speaks to all the gangs present, he is shot and brutally murdered. One of the street...

A Banquet (2021)

The film follows Holly (Sienna Guillory) and her two daughters, Betsey (Jessica Alexander) and Isabelle (Ruby Stokes).  As the film begins, we learn the family has suffered through something traumatic and horrifying when Holly's husband died after suffering a...

The House (2021)

Set in Germany, 2029, we follow Johann (Tobias Moretti) & Lucia (Valery Tscheplanowa), who decide to retreat to their own private luxury home.  Johann has just been officially banned from publishing his writing, and the couple wish for some time-out from the...

To Olivia (2021)

Set in 1962, we follow the famous writer and author Roald Dahl (Hugh Bonneville) and his wife, Patricia Neal (Kelley Hawes).  While already dealing with multiple complications, Roald and Patricia suffer a tragic loss in their family, putting everything they have...

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

It's been over thirty years since Maverick, aka Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise), took part in Top Gun.  Currently, Maverick works as a test pilot, laying low and waiting for retirement.  Plus, he knows he'll never be promoted doing what he's doing, and this...

The Found Footage Phenomenon (2021)

This documentary looks at the cinema phenomenon and genre known as Found Footage.  Many film buffs surely have seen films such as The Blair Witch Project (1999), Cloverfield (2008) and Paranormal Activity (2007), which were highly successful features when they...

The Innocents (2021)

The film begins with a young girl named Ida (Rakel Lenora Fløttum) who moves into a new apartment with her mother, father and an older sister who has a disability.  We discover that Ida isn't overly happy with the family's new living arrangement and is frustrated...

Hatching (2022)

The film begins with a general introduction to a family of four.  This family seems to be filled with much joy, happiness, and love, but we soon learn things are not what they seem on the surface.  Tinja (Siiri Solalinna), the 12-year-old-daughter, is...

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2021)

A young teenager named Casey (Anna Cobb) is all alone in her attic bedroom.  She decides to begin a whole new challenge and enrols to play an online video game known as The World's Fair, a game well known for its heavy horror elements.  As an audience, we...

The Sadness (2021)

Set in Taipei, we follow a young couple named Kat (Regina Lei) and Jim (Berant Zhu), who wake up in bed together and get ready for their normal daily routine.  As the two share general discussions while getting ready for work, we understand that Kat is...

Kitten with a Whip (1964)

David (John Forsythe) is an upcoming star in politics.  But sadly for David, he's about to be part of a wild scandal involving some nasty blackmail.  One day when David comes home, he finds a beautiful young woman named Jody (Ann-Margret) sleeping in a bed....

Queen Bees (2021)

Helen Wilson (Ellen Burstyn) is an older woman living independently.  She is consistently nagged to move into a senior's home by the regular flyers arriving in her letterbox and her neighbours' continual encouragement to sell her home given her age.  Helen...

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Continuing from where we last left Doctor Strange from Spider-Man: No Way Home, Steven Strange is attempting to move forward with his life.  While attempting to stay positive and move forward, he deals with the aftermath of his involvement in the fight against...

Little Tornadoes (2021)

Set in 1970 rural Australia, we follow Leo (Mark Leonard Winter), whose life recently changed dramatically when his wife decided to leave him without any notice.  Leo is now a single father looking after his two children while working full-time as a...

The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson (2021)

The year is 1893.  Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell) is a bushwoman living with her four young children. Molly is currently running the family farm while her husband is away working as a drover.  We learn very quickly that Molly shouldn’t be messed with. Molly is...

Rob Jabbaz – The Sadness (2021)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of chatting with #RobJabbaz, director and writer of #TheSadness (2021), which is now available exclusively on #Shudder! https://youtu.be/AxLi8hCck60 1st May 2022 Presented by Peter Walkden (Walkden...

Taneli Mustonen – The Twin (2022)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of chatting with #TaneliMustonen, who is the director and writer of #TheTwin (2022). This film is Now Available Exclusively on #Shudder! https://youtu.be/tVbXasuBnAM 1st May 2022 Presented by Peter...

The Twin (2022)

The film begins with the deep tones of a piano score and a family car driving on the road.  We don't get to go inside of the car, but we can hear a happy family sharing laughter and discussions until a tragic crash accident occurs off-screen.  The tragic...

Forty Winks (2022)

Set in the present day, the film follows Fabio (Justin Marcel McManus), who works as a Hypnotist in New York City.  But life for Fabio could be a whole lot better.  Fabio recently appeared on a popular TV show where he was invited to try and hypnotise the...

The House of Snails (2021)

Antonio Prieto (Javier Rey) is driving to a small town called Quintanar.  Renting a large house for a month to seek some solitude and silence, Antonio hopes to put his skills as a writer to good use and complete his newest book.  When he arrives at the...

The Northman (2022)

The film begins with a young prince named Amleth, who takes part in a ritual with his wounded father, King Aurvandil War-Raven (Ethan Hawke).  The ritual introduces Prince Amleth to the world of manhood.  As he enters this new stage of his life, the prince...

Beyond the Summit (2022)

Mateo (Javier Rey) is a man who is filled with determination.  Extremely fit, he's been training and preparing each day with hopes of one day achieving a big dream- climbing Annapurna.  When the time comes, Mateo packs his things and says his farewell to his...

Crabs! (2021)

Set in the small town of Mendocino, California, Crabs! begins with a tragic incident when a power plant explodes and collapses into the sea. Nearby is a single, lonely Crab who is affected by the power plant's destruction.  This crab begins to mutate dramatically...

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)

In the present day, actor Nic Cage can't seem to catch a break. He's struggling to get a decent role in any big blockbuster film, going through a divorce that keeps him in the eyes of the public, in debt, and to top it off, he ruined his daughter's sixteenth birthday...

Werewolf Castle (2021)

Set during medieval times, the film follows Thorfinn (Peter Lofsgard), a village boy.  One night, Thorfinn's village is attacked by a violent pack of werewolves.  As a result of the unexpected attack, Thorfinn loses his parents, brother and the love of his...