021: Crash (1995)

Cronenberg’s adaptation of the difficult Ballard novel is an archetypal, considerate, yet transformative flick that unsettles the viewer throughout. Often misjudged as sensationalist and excessively provocative, this film is a critical take on a not-too-distant, brazenly blasé and consumerist dystopia, through the motif of clandestine desires.

THE GOOD: Longtime Cronee-collaborator Howard Shore’s omniscient and emotionally enriched score.

THE BAD: Paraphilia aside, every component of the film makes for genuinely uncomfortable viewing. Great for some, too much to handle for others.

THE UGLY: James Spader’s behind.

★★★★★☆

IMDb it.

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