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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)

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A young programmer starts to question reality when he adapts a mad writer's fantasy novel into a video game.

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David Slade

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Charlie Brooker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fionn Whitehead ... Stefan Butler
Craig Parkinson ... Peter Butler
Alice Lowe ... Dr. Haynes
Asim Chaudhry ... Mohan Thakur
Will Poulter ... Colin Ritman
Tallulah Haddon ... Kitty
Catriona Knox ... Leslie
Paul Michael Bradley Paul Michael Bradley ... Robin (as Paul Bradley)
Jonathan Aris ... Crispin
A.J. Houghton ... Young Stefan
Fleur Keith ... Mum
Laura Evelyn ... Pearl Ritman
Alan Asaad ... Satpal
Suzanne Burden Suzanne Burden ... Judith Mulligan
Jeff Minter Jeff Minter ... Jerome F. Davies
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1984. Stefan is developing a computer game based on the book 'Bandersnatch', a novel where you get to make choices and this determines the story. He has an opportunity to take his game to Tuckersoft, a software company, and have them release it. However, the more he works on the game the more his life emulates the game, with choices being made that are out of his control. Stefan appears to be going insane Written by grantss

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Trivia

A poster that reads "METL HEDD" with a dog-like figure can be seen, a reference to the Black Mirror episode Black Mirror: Metalhead (2017), in which a woman is chased by robotic dogs after the unexplained collapse of human society. See more »

Goofs

During one version of the TV spot reviewing the Bandersnatch game, the interviewer asks, "Yea or nay," but the captioning misspells it: "yay" (a commonly confused homophone of "yea"). See more »

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Colin Ritman: There's messages in every game. Like Pac-Man. Do you know what "Pac" stands for? P-A-C: program and control. He's Program and Control Man. The whole thing's a metaphor. He thinks he's got free will, but really he's trapped in a maze, in a system. All he can do is consume, he's pursued by demons that are probably just in his own head and even if he does manage to escape by slipping out one side of the maze, what happens? He comes right back in the other side. People think it's a happy game. It's...
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Alternate Versions

There is no single narrative or version. There are five different endings, each with multiple pathways to them. See more »

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Referenced in PWN: Disney Reboots: PWN #37 (2019) See more »

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Not as good as the hype on here would suggest
28 December 2018 | by cbnewhamSee all my reviews

Despite the hype I see in the comments ("Mind Blown!", etc, etc) and the clever attempt by Brooker to make a multi-pathed story, the end result barely hangs together as a credible plot.

While it is fun to "control" the main character, the novelty soon wears thin and you come to realise you, the viewer/controller, just have the illusion of choice over what the character does when in actual fact you don't.

I suppose that is the point of the film, but it is hardly earth-shattering nor ground-breaking.

I'm giving this 5 stars for at least making a good attempt at a multi-path interactive film. However, as many who are raving about it now will see in time, it really falls far short of a good film. Novelty value can never replace a good story and a good story is something you will not find here.


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