Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Film Review: Bug (2006)

Bug (Review)
United States/2006
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: Yes

"...a fantastic psychological drama, with subtle yet effective horror elements."

Agnes (Ashley Judd) is a waitress at a bar and lives in a motel in rural Oklahoma. Living in loneliness and regret, she eventually develops a relationship with a similar man, Peter (Michael Shannon). Their relationship, however, is strongly supported by the belief that bugs are eating them alive...

Bug is a psychological drama with elements of horror. I view it like I view The Exorcist: a drama so good that it's scary. Mostly relying on dialogue, Bug managed to keep me immersed and interested. The relationship between Agnes and Peter takes center stage in a secluded, almost claustrophobic, hotel room. The degradation of the characters is fascinating to watch; the levels of paranoia slowly reach a point of unimaginable scenes, like a bloody tooth removal. Themes of attachment and loneliness, conspiracy and coincidence, and paranoia and reality are fully developed in a subtle yet understandable manner. The story ends with a fantastic third act, with unforgettable dialogue and actions.

As I previously stated, you're better off going into this film as a drama rather than a horror film. The slow-burning pace, the ominous atmosphere, and a plethora of disturbing scenes blended with character and relationship development, and compelling themes make this a terrifying drama. There is some sinisterly dark humor, but it does not have a strong presence; the film as a whole can be scene as a black comedy, though. With the story and the storytelling, as well as William Friedkin's directorial duties, Bug is most comparable to The Exorcist.

The acting is fantastic from the entire cast. Ashley Judd is great from beginning to end, really capturing her lonely character and being able to change over course of the film. Michael Shannon steals the show with is mesmerizing performance; he really delivers with his intense character arc - from calm and awkward to paranoid and violent - an incredibly understated actor, indeed. William Friedkin is fantastic with his superb direction. The cinematography works well with most of the film; however, the final act features a strong blue-tone, which hurt my eyes and head quite a bit.

Overall, Bug is a fantastic psychological drama, with subtle yet effective horror elements. Featuring incredible performances from Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon, Bug is strongly recommended.

Score: 9/10
Parental Guide: Some strong violence and blood, sex and nudity.

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