Friday, September 29, 2017

Crash (1996)

Director: David Cronenberg

Writers: J.G. Ballard, David Cronenberg

Composer: Howard Shore

Starring: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger, Rosanna Arquette, Peter MacNeill, Yolande Julian, Cheryl Swarts, Judah Katz, Nicky Guadagni, Ronn Sarosiak, Boyd Banks, Markus Parilo, Alice Poon, John Stoneham Jr., David Cronenberg, Jordan-Patrick Marcantonio

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The most controversial film you will ever see.

Plot: After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Everybody's got something that turns them on sexually.  I don't judge.  Car crashes are my bag but I'm not going to stop someone else from gettin' off on 'em and in this movie there are a lot of them.  Cronenberg naturally fetishises it without degrading it.  You'd have to or you'd have a different movie.  It's erotic, sexy and very casually paced.  It's probably the latter that keeps me from going 7/10.  It's a little slow but then I think it had to be.  Even though I wasn't fully engaged through the whole thing I still liked.  The ending is the only way it could've gone and I loved it.  Howard Shore provides an equally atmospheric score.  I dig Cronenberg's work and I've seen all of it up through THE FLY (1986) and CRASH marks only the second picture of his I've seen after it.  I need to remedy that.  The New Line DVD sports an anamorphic widescreen print with only one extra with the red band trailer (also anamorphic widescreen).

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