Bi-curious basket case Agnes works as a waitress in a redneck bar by night, and shacks up in a motel room, in a pot-, coke-, and booze-induced stupor by day. It’s her meager defense against the onslaught of just-paroled ex-husband Jerry (a beefed-up and amusing Harry Connick Jr.), who drops by to inflict verbal and physical abuse, not to mention dredging up memories of her long-lost son. The woman’s only respite is her girlfriend, R.C. (Lynn Collins), a fellow waitress who’s a tad too freewheeling for the reserved Agnes. Twitched-out and fragile, she meets her perfect match in the taciturn Peter (Shannon), a war veteran who harbors traumas of his own. Soon after they hook up, Peter becomes increasingly convinced that his body’s been colonized by bugs — bugs laying eggs and traveling up and down his bloodstream. Peter claims to be an escapee from a government medical lab where he was the subject of nefarious tests. He suspects the bugs were bio-engineered by the government to be tools for mind control. Before you know it, Bug has become a full-blown freak show, fueled by military-industrial conspiracies, and styled after Macbeth as the paranoid Peter and the needy Agnes become obsessive partners in mutual destruction. —Filmcritic.com
William Friedkin (born 29 August 1935) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1972 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. His recent film, Bug (2006) won the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
After seeing the movie Citizen Kane as a boy, Friedkin became fascinated with movies and began working for WGN-TV immediately after high school. He eventually started his directorial career doing live television shows and documentaries, including The People vs. Paul Crump which won several awards and contributed to the commutation of Crump’s death sentence. As mentioned in Friedkin’s voice-over commentary on the DVD re-release of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Friedkin also directed one of the last episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1965, called “Off Season”. Hitchcock admonished Friedkin for not wearing a tie… read more
What looked like a crappy horror movie turned out to be a great showcase for stunning performances (namely from Michael Shannon) and absolute madness. I was absolutely floored by the escalation, the ending and the post credits easter eggs. You can see this was a play, but the final act is beautifully and disturbingly cinematic. I really wish I didn't wait so long to see this.
Despite that the film starts a little slow and it does require some time to get things started, the second half of the film is really intense, unsettling and pretty disturbing. If both characters are psychopaths completely out of their minds or they are the victims of a full scale conspiracy is up to the viewer. Michael Shannon´s and Ashley Judd´s great acting its also worth mentioning. A really unique horror movie.
Adapted by wonderfully warped playwright Tracy Letts, and based on his own stage play, “Bug” is one of veteran director William Friedkin’s best films, and features one of Michael Shannon’s best performances… read review
Bug marque le grand retour de Friedkin vers le cinéma plus centré vers l’épouvante et la montée de tension et de suspense. Cependant, force est de constater qu’en dépit de qualités, le film ne convainc… read review