You might need to be a Cronenberg-fan to like this, but luckily I am. And my favourite Cronenbergs are from the 80s and 90s; the atmosphere of Maps is close I think to Dead Ringers and Crash. Maps hasn't got the most original script but the good characters carry the film. It's all very exaggerated but that's what creates the eerie atmosphere and makes the film worthwhile.
2.75 Far, far from Cronenberg's best. The satire seems well targeted but perhaps too well, making for an unpleasant (a Cronenberg motif I guess) view. For me it was the wrong kind of unpleasant, if you know what I mean. You could also say that the target was an easy and rather obvious one.
Begins like Theorem by way of The Player; a strange visitor infiltrating a network of Hollywood caricatures with the intention of destroying them from within. Blunt tinsel town satire (à la The Canyons) soon mutates into a hysterical Mommie Dearest-style psychodrama full of ghosts, vulgarity, ugliness and ultra-violence. I'm not sure how succinctly the entire thing is supposed to connect, but it's powerful, in parts.
I'm not sure if this is classic Cronenberg, or just average.I think it will take another look,before I can decide. What I can say,is that the cast,especially Julianne Moore, is excellent. The film is a satire on the underbelly of Hollywood,full of incest,madness and murder!In fact,its a Greek Tragedy set in the Hollywood hills. The American Dream, become the American Nightmare.
This is fucked up. I wish I could rate it higher because there are some really powerful moments here. Unfortunately it all feels so... loose. I'm really at a loss here to explain why it didn't work. Cronenberg always makes me jump from my seat though, several times. People say it shined in its black comedy. Maybe I took the film more seriously than it is.
I couldn't this after witnessing all the atrocious over-acted performances within the first 15 minutes. This film was begging me to commit suicide to escape the arrogant and deranged minds of Hollywood has-beens this film tries to make fun of to no avail of humor or understanding.