The score is really intrusive: any scene involving Walken and Adams is given a swooning, tonally jarring orchestral treatment. The plot is given a rather episodic, fragmented treatment and no one seems to be all that invested in the material except Walken. Also how many Cronenberg flicks end with stage-bound assassinations? I'm counting three at least, with this the worst among them.
I can't really pinpoint exactly what it is that makes me love this movie. It's something about the atmosphere, and how surprisingly heartfelt Walken's performance is. This is probably the least "Cronenberg" Cronenberg film, but it's one of my favorites from him, and he does a great job with the source material.
Un altro Cronenberg che và visto assolutamente.Meno criptico e pazzoide che in altre opere, ma con gradevoli scene oniriche e momenti di angoscia costruiti con la solita sapiente regia.Abbastanza manicheistico,il film affronta tematiche complesse senza annoiare,con una trama lineare ed asciutta.Il finale risulta forse un pò sbrigativo, ma è incredibilmente efficace. Walken grandioso, ma questa non è una novità.
I tend to think that Cronenberg is not the most sympathetic handler of actors, but he, Walken and Brooke Adams do a good job here. Sheen is also hammily terrifying, as the politician who is left holding the baby at the end, in all the wrong ways for his career. Its belief in the input of normal people into changing the world is oddly touching, even quaint, whereas Sheen's demagoguery still seems chillingly relevant.
i'm fond of this film for atmospheric rather than technical reasons. there's something really pure about it. and i think there's a beautifully balanced idea of justice at the end, which of course i didn't take literally. many of us don't need second sight to spot corruption, in global politics or among the individuals we meet; it just felt nice to be reminded of faith in that in a 'magic-realist' way.
Cronenberg does wonderful things in this film, and it's a real pleasure to see a master like him at work. He knows how to incorporate fear and terror into his films in quite astonishing ways and it's ever present here. Walken fits the role perfectly and this is surely one of his finest performances that I've seen. A real horror delight with and ending that will send shivers down your spine. Genius.
The cast is great, but the plot moves at such accelerated pace it seems to suffocate the atmosphere of the movie at times, I wish Cronenberg would have hold on to some scenes a bit longer, still, the result is excellent nonetheless.
perfect Bfilm to make any eighties sci-fi kid a life long cornenberg fan>it is a commercial endeavor but it really works well>sustains interest with continuous suspense, has a plausible use of paranormal themes set against a "whodunit" psychokiller type plot and some blunt 80s political views for good measure>must watch if you like walken or stephen king>also if you enjoyed "limitless" (2011), its same type of Bmovie
A movie in which Christopher Walken shows some actual acting skills beyond being the weird character or just staying in the background. It's been some years since I've seen it, but I remember it as a thrilling and interesting story. It's worth a watch.
I love Cronenberg and I love this film but why, oh why, Stephen King, did you insist on the name 'Johnny Smith'?
The woman who played Christopher Walken's mother in this movie creeped me the hell out. She looked like Crispin Glover if he had been locked in a closet for 10 years. But seriously I thought that this was one of Cronenberg's better efforts. There are a few areas I wish would have seen more development, and other areas I wish would have been approached with more subtlety, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed it.