With Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Lynn Redgrave, John Neville, Bradley Hall

Directed by David Cronenberg

For his first movie of the new millennium (in 2002), Cronenberg head to a depressing post WWII, grey industrialized London, entering the distorted mind of a man released from a halfway house for the mentally disturbed. His difficulty to integrate back into normal society is a slow, laborious and often uncomfortable experience, as his obsession with an experience in his childhood digs in its claws. Fiennes’ portrayal of Dennis “Spider” Cleg is a tiring, frustrating experience as he mumbles through the slow scenes of how he perceives things to be, as opposed to how they really are.
You're taken into the mind of a disturbed man, and don't expect it to be pleasant.
Not my favourite Cronenberg movie, but that does not mean it is a bad one.
Based on Patrick McGrath’s novel.
May be seen in a different light if watched again several years after your first viewing.

3 / C
- Paul Blom

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