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Posted October 1, 2010
This movies tells a powerful story that is both frightening and moving at the same time. It works well as a science fiction tale, with awesome special effects, as well as on a philosophical level. Watching a human being change slowly into a monster is bad enough but what is even more frightening is how his mind and *soul* change too. One of the most chilling quotes from the film is when Brundle says "I'm an insect that dreamt he was a man and liked it. But the dream is over and the insect is awake."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2003
Man versus Time
It scared the hell out of me when I was twelve, I literally had to sleep with the light on for the next three years. But to an adult mind, this film surely gives at the very least a glimpse into the genius mind of Mr Cronenberg (an even better brain than that of Mr Kronenberg, beer fans!) The film manages superbly to operate on two levels. The sci-fi story alone is probably worth 3 to 4 stars by itself - a brilliant scientist (Jeff Goldblum) has invented a near perfect teleportation system. Having suffered from motion sickness since childhood, he has always been driven toward the invention of his telepods (think Star Trek, I suppose). A predatory journalist, hungry for her career-making story, takes a shine to our geeky hero. Upon realising the true value of his invention and the vulnerability of his soul, she makes the mistake of falling in love with him. During a drunken, jealous and lonely moment, he makes the even bigger mistake of testing the machine upon himself. An equally unfortunate insect (see film title) gets into the teleportation chamber with him during his pilot transportation. The computer that controls the experiment is steeped in love after Goldblum's rose-tinted programming, influenced by his first sexual frolics with Geena Davis, and decides to mate human and fly. Their genetic patterns intertwined, Jeff steps out of the telepod... Unlike the original film, the transformation in the lead character is slow, yet painfully inevitable. Without wishing to divulge any of the details of the ensuing gorefest, I would instead prefer to hint at the second level upon which the film operates. Goldblum's transformation, from the very beginning of the film to its end, serves as an obsessively planned, and brilliantly acted metaphor for ageing, almost for life itself. The once virginal scientist reaches the peak of his physical, sexual and mental powers before ageing and disintegrating into an old, old man, desperate to propel his seed unto the next generation. The film is wonderful in its simplicity, special effects aside. It stars only three main characters, one main set (a large, creepy loft serving as a lab), and a singular theme throughout. Don't watch this if you don't like goo, or if you really like doughnuts. Do watch it if you like like your glimpses of humanity to be realistic, and your love stories heartbreakingly tragic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.