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afraid, be very afraid.
Goldblum stars as Seth Brundle a quirky scientist who has a strong
dislike for travel. At a corporate function Brundle meets Veronica
(Geena Davis) who is a magazine reporter. If she will follow him
home Brundle promises to show her something that will change the
world. Once back at his loft/lab Brundle unveils two pods. "Phone
booths?" Veronica asks. "Teleporters," Brundle
corrects. The only problem with the teleporters is that they cannot
move organic matter with out destroying it. You will wince at
the poor baboon sequence.
Veronica talks Seth into letting her become his exclusive reporter,
reluctantly Seth agrees. Over the next few days and weeks Veronica
chronicles all of Seth's downfalls and triumphs, all the
while the two become closer and closer. One night Seth thinks
that Veronica is out with her old boyfriend Stathis (played by
John Getz), in a fit of despair Brundle teleports himself, alone,
or so he thinks. A fly that had gotten into the pod is genetically
fused with Brundel through the teleportation sequence. Seth Brundle
emerges from the pod as a new man but in fact is now far from
The best thing about The Fly is the fact that Seth does
not turn into the creature right away. It is a slow gradual transformation
that begins with three small hairs and grows into a total metamorphosis.
At first Brundle is in awe of his new prowess, speed, strength
and agility. But slowly we watch him turn into the Brundle-Fly,
as he calls himself.
As the change quickens Seth first thinks he has a form of cancer,
but changes his mind as he gains more insect like abilities. There
are also a few great scenes of gore and grossness in this film
as well. Watch as Seth begins to create the "Brundle Museum"
in his bathroom, and I promise you after you watch "How the
Brundle-Fly eats" you will never look at doughnuts the same
again. I am sure you will be more than pleased, or at least you'll
"Be afraid, be very afraid."
a tremendous remake
afraid, be very afraid.
The Fly is, in my opinion, among the more meaningful films
out there. With a small cast of characters and even very few plot
elements, Cronenberg created a gripping and extremely tight story,
one in which nearly every element can be seen as a signifier.
The Fly is actually pretty stark in some ways, but is one
of those films where every detail is important -- not because
there's some puzzle to be solved, but rather because the
film looks more deeply than most at what it means to be human.
Somehow less surreal than some of Cronenberg's other corruption-of-the-flesh
films, The Fly is at heart a tragedy, and functions as
a disturbing examination of many important aspects of our existence:
technology, disease, evolution, love, sex, and sacrifice.
With such a tight story and small cast, strong acting is very
important. Fortunately, Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis each give
one of their finest performances ever. Goldblum inhabits the character
of Seth Brundle eerily well, moving from a charmingly eccentric,
self-effacing intellectual through various stages of development
and degeneration that are not just physical but deeply emotional
and psychological. He practically seems like several different
people (exhibiting some very fly-like behavior at times) over
the course of the film, while communicating the same core pathos
throughout. Geena Davis is very believable as Ronnie Quaife, and
gives off the perfect amount of intelligence, confusion, pity,
disgust, and love in just the right combinations. It's refreshing
to see a well-rounded female lead in a horror or sci-fi movie
who can be strong without kicking ass, and who doesn't need
to behave immaturely in order to convey a sense of losing control
(in this case, control over her surroundings, situation, and even
the very bodies of her lover and herself). Davis and Goldblum
were married the year after The Fly's theatrical release,
and the chemistry between them here is very palpable (more so
than in Earth Girls Are Easy).
To compare/contrast Cronenberg's remake with the original
Fly would take far more space than I have here (and I'm probably
starting to irritate the Horrorwatchers already with my long-windedness).
Overall, even without seeing any special significance to anything,
The Fly makes a great horror/sci-fi flick. The effects
are wonderfully nasty, the images of violence are contained but
quite vivid, and there is some great suspense.
As an aside, The Fly also makes me nostalgic for quite
a bit from the '80s. Remember when the internet was nonexistent,
computers were clunky, and their potential was only being guessed
at? Remember when red meat was the choice for a romantic meal
out, instead of Mediterranean salads or "Asian Fusion"
cuisine on tiny dishes? I also remember waiting for Jeff Goldblum
and Geena Davis to produce beautiful 7-ft-tall children (who would
not look like Eric Stoltz).
10 out of 10 cheeseburgers.
David Cronenberg, George Langelaan
Jeff Goldblum .... Seth Brundle
Geena Davis .... Veronica Quaife
John Getz .... Stathis Borans
Joy Boushel .... Tawny
Leslie Carlson .... Dr. Cheevers (as Les Carlson)
George Chuvalo .... Marky
Michael Copeman .... 2nd Man in Bar
David Cronenberg .... Gynecologist
Carol Lazare .... Nurse
Shawn Hewitt .... Clerk