Trailer For Netflix's 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' Teases More '80s Sci-Fi Paranoia

Thursday, 27 December 2018 - 12:04PM
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Thursday, 27 December 2018 - 12:04PM
Trailer For Netflix's 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' Teases More '80s Sci-Fi Paranoia
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Each new installment is different, but at this point you should know what to expect from anything under the Black Mirror umbrella. Netflix recently shared a full trailer from the franchise's upcoming foray into feature-length films, Black Mirror: BandersnatchDebuting on the streaming app tomorrow (December 28), the "choose-your-own-adventure" style film is set in 1984 and focuses on a programmer whose life gets weird as he works to adapt a science fiction novel into a computer adventure game. The trailer introduces subscribers to the protagonist, his obsession with the source material and its allegedly murderous author, and the paranoid and seemingly inescapable dangerous ride that viewers will have get to endure.



The trailer has all the familiar beats of a period sci-fi thriller: blank stares, an eccentric boss, drugs, a mystery being solved through wall collage-but because it's from the Black Mirror team, there's also hands reaching into mirrors, weirdly pertinent messages from television screens, and other trippy imagery. It's all cut together in a way that provides a general explanation of what the film is, while also raising more questions than it answers so that we actually want to click on the title when it becomes available. If it's anything like the previous Black Mirror content, we may need to schedule a shower and a nap for immediately afterwards.

Fionn Whitehead, Asim Chaudhry, Will Poulter, and Alice Lowe star in the project, which, according to Variety, includes over 5 hours of material (312 minutes). That means that Bandersnatch viewers will have the opportunity to watch and rewatch the film to experience all of the alternate narrative paths. It's a feature familiar to young readers from the '90s and gamers, but one that is new to the world of film and so far impossible outside of the world of streaming media. We're not entirely sure how it will work across the various platforms that support Netflix, but luckily we only have a handful of hours left to find out.
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