Monday 12 September 2011
The Fly 
David Cronenberg’s The Fly wasn’t just a triumphant remake but also in many ways a reinterpretation of the 1958 original, and it remains an important work in the genre of ‘body horror’. Visceral, disturbing, grotesque and unapologetically provocative, even to this day the movie retains the ability to amaze and shock its viewers with equal ease and élan, as also make them conjecture and debate because of the various philosophical ramifications of the subject matter. Jeff Goldblum, in arguably the most fascinating role of his career, played Seth Brundle, a mild-mannered loner and a brilliant scientist who has secretly developed a machine that can teleport matter. When he finally discovers the means of successfully teleporting living beings too, he decides to have himself as a live guinea pig; it goes without saying, the results of his self-experimentation are not in any way pleasant. Goldblum did a brilliant job in effortlessly portraying Seth’s complex physical and psychological metamorphosis, and his descent into madness and chaos. Though Geena Davis’ acting can’t really be classified as great, she shared an interesting chemistry with Goldblum, with her character forming a vital hinge around which the story develops. Cronenberg did a terrific job in creating not just paranoia and unease, but also a sense of deep and all-pervading claustrophobia what with most of the action taking place in the confined interiors of Seth’s lab-cum-residence. He also made excellent use of special effects to accentuate the graphic and visual nature of the plot.
Director: David Cronenberg
Genre: Horror/Psychological Horror/Sci-Fi