If you catch Spader behind the wheel be sure to drive, run, swim, lightly jog or whatever AWAY!
It’s that special time again where David Cronenberg shows everyone how it’s done with a tale about car-crash fetishists. There is no plot, there is no moral lesson learned, there isn’t any real sense of build up and pay off, there isn’t even a solid three-act structure at all…….yet strangely enough this film works on all levels. Long before the boom of the laptops, iPads, smart phones, Cronenberg depicts our society’s lack of connection with one another with the modern technological marvel of the automobile and in order to fully achieve a sense of connection we need to literally crash into each other. One character states “The car crash is a fertilizing rather than a destructive event” which means that our numb and emotion-less characters get an adrenaline rush of sensation that they never feel anywhere else in the midst of mangled metal and flesh and the only way to come down off of this sensation is to diddle anybody that shares this crazy fetish.
Well, of course YOU would think so.
Instead of trying to make the audience feel guilty with a moral narrative about the way we live in the modern era, Cronenberg allows us to become spectators of characters who are not very emotional and speak very monotone all of the time, yet they are so bat-shit crazy that they are completely fascinating to watch.
Seriously, this is how intense the acting gets.
Every single bizarre element to this film is important in depicting the lack of human connection and the lengths that people will go to achieve it. Yes, even the notorious sex scenes. Cronenberg has always been my favorite director of sex in film, since intercourse allows his characters to become vulnerable and lets the audience see their complete psyches. He adds enough flair to make the scenes pleasing to the eye yet also just enough unpleasantness to hit us in the gut on a visceral level that make them unforgettable and important.
That’s exactly what I said after the “scar vagina” scene.
Ultimately, this film is not pleasant to watch, but it says what it wants to say and says it well with style, trash, and a bang that make it an unforgettable, fascinating study on human connection. It’s strange for me to say this, but I actually really loved this film. Don’t judge me to harshly.
I totally agree! Just don’t ever, ever, ever, ever drive again. Okay?!
Um, no, I really don’t want to-
- I mean, oh yes, you crash cars, like, really well. You do. No one can match your inability to follow the rules of the road, I swear!