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.
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.
I rewatched this again after seeing William Friedkin's Killer Joe and realizing they are both based on Tracy Letts' plays. Bug definitely shares a bit stylistically with Killer Joe but it's still an entirely different animal in itself. I don't like to summarize films, so I'll just say that this is about two people going a little crazy. Are their bugs in your bloodstream?
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.
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.