It's easy to look past the too-quick-and-convenient aspect of the mutual descent into madness when you're wrapped up in the lunacy of the lead performances. Masterful direction of a dialogue-heavy script that manages to slip some pitch-black humour into an otherwise tense and pulsating story about both mental illness as well as desperation and loneliness. Beautifully effective small-scale filmmaking.
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.
Well made and acted certainly -- it follows its premise relentlessly to its conclusion, it doesn't sell out for an easy happy Spielbergian ending. Relentlessly unpleasant, it commands respect if not affection.
Although thematically and visually interesting, the transition from the mundane to apocalyptic madness is too abrupt without sufficient context. "Bug" fast-forwards to the paranoia it wants to get to for its own sake and Agnes wilts too conveniently. Yes, she's vulnerable but how is it that her armour, built over a lifetime, dissolves without a fight? Can't fault Judd or Shannon though. The acting is stellar.
Uneven psychological horror film from legendary director William Friedkin gets off to an incredibly slow start - it takes a good 40 minutes to really get going. An original concept, strong performances, and some very effective moments - but it can only sustain its hysterical tone for so long before it starts getting tiresome and almost comic. An interesting film, but ultimately unsatisfying.
Scratch my back, I'll scratch yours! == Tennessee WILLIAMS in the Twilight Zone. BILDERBERG group, a bunch of lesbians, many clichés. SHANNON zero charisma. JUDD 100% mad. For lovers of conspiracies. === Tenessee WILLIAMS dans la 4ème dimension. Le groupe BILDERBERG, une lesbienne paumée, bcp de clichés. SHANNON zéro charisme. JUDD 100% barge. Pour amateurs de complots. === After Tracy LETTS's theater play. 2,5/5.
Starts out okay, somewhat decent premise but then everything goes downhill quickly not too long after Michael Shannon's character shows up (although a case could be made the movie takes a dive after all those damn phone rings). Unlikeable characters doing gross and weird stuff, def not for me. Beautiful camera work in places though.