Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Netflix’s interactive full length Black Mirror episode prides itself on its game-ability and meta-ness that stays steps ahead of the average viewer. Binary on screen choices can lead to different outcomes in this sci-fi cautionary tale of a game programmer caught up in both deadlines and fate that is in the hands of the audience.
According to Variety reporting Bandersnatch has five different endings and over a trillion combinations that can play out. On my first viewing I was able to see two of those. The whole thing can go from normal to bizarre to tragic rather fast and wrong choices will have you going into a loop of recaps that rub all the errors in your face.
The acting is competent and the story enthralling enough to make you keep on watching and clicking choices multiples times to see the variations play out. The next time I watch Bandersnatch I will let the timer play out and just let it play randomly.
For serious gamers this would be a tedious watch because the choices are limited. For the film fan interested in seeing the future of movies this is a chance to see the good, the bad and the ugly of a director’s vision all at once.
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