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‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ is a Choose Your Own Adventure Style Film Debuting This Friday on Netflix

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brian-mcgee - December 26, 2018

One of the best decisions Netflix made during its bid to revive popular cancelled shows a few years back was reviving and revitalizing the British mind-bender anthology series Black Mirror. Described as a Twilight Zone for the digital age, the series has long pondered the many implications of technological advances, and how quickly humans can get lost in the shuffle.

The show is returning for a fifth season on Netflix early next year, but in the meantime they've got a new experiment they're planning to unleash this coming Friday, December 28. Titled Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, this new Black Mirror movie is set up like a classic "Choose Your Own Adventure" book wherein viewers will make decisions based on what they'd like to see happen next.

According to Esquire, the film has an advertised running time of 90 minutes, but there are over 300 minutes worth of footage that will be available based on which paths viewers select for the film's characters. The Revenant's Will Poulter stars alongside Dunkirk's Fionn Whitehead and People Just Do Nothing's Asim Chaudhry.

Video game nerds may recognize the title "Bandersnatch" as a never-released PC game from the early 80s, which coincidentally is when this Black Mirror adventure is set. Should we expect some sort of link there? The short answer, knowing Black Mirror, is of course.

So check Netflix this coming Friday, December 28, for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, the first Netflix film to push the boundaries of what streaming technology can do.



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