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The fact that the message of this film still resonates today goes to show the brilliance in Cronenberg's creative insight, besides he doesn't seem lose control of the story - no matter how illogical it may seem at first glance - since the point he wants to make is stated quite clear, while leaving room to make our own conclusions as well.
This movie should be required viewing in all high schools. It teaches the dangers of sex, violence, commercialism, hedonism, and over-reliance on technology. Cronenberg's sense of venereal horror is truly terrifying, and some of the scenes are downright disturbing. But his sense of the poetic is always welcome, and the moral that we are loosing our freedom and our flesh to technology is a timely and relevant warning.
I know this is supposed to be one of those movies that only "unenlightened squares" won't enjoy, but I didn't think much of this little film. The only reason I watched it through it's entirety was James Woods brilliant performance. Where it succeeds in telling us something quite profound about the future of mass media and consumerism, it fails in actually being very entertaining.
Pretty great visual effects and the themes/characters are vivid but the direction flops half way through and once you start using echoing dialogue to remind the viewer of whats happening, your movie is fucked.
Acho que este foi o mais avariado que vi até agora. Quase não dá para distinguir a realidade das alucinações. Mais uma vez, para além do gore "inteligente", há uma mensagem de crítica social. Mas mais do que tudo, há a Debbie Harry!! E porta-se lindamente no papel de femme fatale masoquista. O fim fica deixado ao critério de cada um, coisa que eu nao costumo gostar, mas neste caso funciona bem.
I am trying to write a paper on this right now, and having seen it 5 times, I still find it difficult to grasp all that is going on. This is going to be an incredibly difficult paper to write, but I am going to enjoy every second of it. Thank you Cronenberg. Wow, I should have been a film studies major.