Film Review: Crimes of the Future

Brent Northup

Crimes of the Future

At The Myrna Loy

Organ donations will never seem the same again.

Neither will sex, for that matter. Or surgery…

Welcome to the warped world of David Cronenberg, the 79-year-old Canadian film director who pushes boundaries and explores uncomfortable possibilities. His Cannes screening of “Crimes of the Future” included walkouts, but also a standing ovation from those who stayed.

Critics have settled on “body horror” to capsulize his style, because of his fascination with the transformation of the flesh – from human to insect, or from media addict to media meal (after being erotically ingested by an organic/orgasmic TV set!)

His most accessible creations might be “The Fly,” “Dead Ringers” and “History of Violence,” but diehard fans tend to gravitate toward his more surreal visions such as “Videodrome” and “Scanners.”

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Although his films are sometimes shocking and sexually provocative, his scripts are really allegories waiting to be decoded. A scholarly book titled “The Philosophy of David Cronenberg” includes chapters about his semantics, his worldview and his obsession with body transformation.


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