I have a chance to catch Brandon Cronenbergnext movie of infinity pool, at Sundance this week, and holy shit! Making horror movies with crazy bodies must be embedded in the Cronenberg family’s DNA. I liked the last Brandon Cronenberg movie, Holder, but this next crazy twisted movie was unfortunately not so good.
The movie certainly takes audiences on an incredible journey, but it was too much for me. Now, I love Cronenberg’s movies, but this one just didn’t click for me and I feel like he sacrificed the story for over the top visuals to wow the audience. I really wanted to see this movie, but it just didn’t sit well with me.
Now, I’m not saying you won’t like it! If you’re a fan of Cronenberg’s body horror movies, then of course you’ll want to jump in and see what it’s all about! You may enjoy it more than me. However, there are aspects of the film that I appreciated, such as the story concept, which was very interesting, and the over-the-top performances were enjoyable.
The film’s story follows James and Em Foster, who go on an all-inclusive beach getaway in the fictional estate of Li Tolqa to help him reignite his writer’s block. “Their days off are spent relegated to their expensive resort, cut off from the surrounding land. Gabby introduces herself and her partner, Al, as she is a fan of James’s latest novel and they would like to spend some time together with the Fosters. The couples plan a secret day trip outside the compound that ends in a fatal accident with James’ fault. For a high price, there are loopholes to help foreign travelers convicted of crimes there, and this is how James is first introduced to a perverse subculture of hedonistic tourism.
The loophole is that, for a price, the relative of the person you wronged or hurt can create and kill an exact replica of yourself. It is after this initial setup that the story erupts into crazy twists and turns and psychedelic madness. This is also where the film’s warnings come into play and that warning states: “This film contains graphic violence and gore, graphic sexual content, and other subject matter that could be offensive to some viewers.”
Yes, it will definitely be offensive to some people, and there are a lot of things that will be considered tacky. It didn’t offend me personally, I just don’t think all that crazy stuff helped the story. In fact, I thought it was more distracting than anything. But, Cronenberg was looking to cross some lines and surprise people with this one. I heard one person talk about it saying that he felt like he needed to take a shower after watching it because of how “dirty” a movie it was. It really gets under your skin.
The film is described as a “sci-fi journey through the wicked exploits of aliens abroad. Crushing violence and surreal horrors punctuate this dark satire of the privileged few, centered on the depraved lead performances by Alexander Skarsgård and Mia Goth.
alexander skarsgard Y goth mia he certainly gave memorable performances, and there are images from this film that I won’t be getting out of my mind anytime soon. This film is not for the faint of heart and I am curious to see how fans of Cronenberg and Holder they will react to it. Just get ready for some wicked madness.
Reactions to this film are divided. Most of the conversations I’ve had about it are with people who either love it or hate it. I’m a bit divided on that. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it either. I don’t know, this was weird and I’ll probably never see it again. All I can say is that it was an experience.