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TrifibianTerror's Movie Reviews (28)

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Fly, The (1986) 
The Fly.
3.5/4 stars

The Fly.
Directed by David Cronenberg, famed for his over-the-top gore effects, The Fly tells the sad love story between scientist Seth Brundle and journalist Veronica, and of Seth's hideous transformation after a teleportation experiment goes wrong, mutating him on a molecular level into the 'Brundlefly'.

I saw the remake a few hours after the original 1958, and full of plot holes as it was, the original as fun in a cheesy b-movie way. But then I watched Cronenberg's visceral remake and was astounded. Taking the basic idea of the original and making based around a love story more than anything, Cronenberg has created a much-loved and widely aclaimed monster film with a heart. Yes, it is bizarrely visceral and gory in some parts, but it lends itself perfetly to the very real idea of teleportation and scrambling of atoms in re-integration, such as baboons getting turned inside-out. Also, the idea of two types of genes getting splied together and one becoming dominant is far-fetched and most likely impossible, is just probable enough to be used. And used it is, to brilliant extent.

The film is very watchable, and grips from beginning to sticky end, sharing Seth's horror, then fascination and eventual excitement from his mutation into 'Brundlefly', whose effects were superb and borderline disgusting. The characters are very believable, the locations perfect and the story very well thought out.

If I had to say one bad thing about this film, it would have to be its preoccupation with sex. There are several unecessary scenes ofc the afformentioned intercourse, which could have been edited out and the film was have been the same.

All in all, The Fly is great, visceral and brings a tear to the eye.
I heartily reccomend it.


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