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Bug (Special Edition) (2007)

Ashley Judd , Michael Shannon , William Friedkin  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick Jr., Lynn Collins, Brian F. O'Byrne
  • Directors: William Friedkin
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T5O48K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,983 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bug (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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A lonely waitress with a tragic past, Agnes (Judd) rooms in a run-down motel, living in fear of her abusive, recently paroled ex-husband (Connick Jr.). But when Agnes begins a tentative romance with Peter (Shannon), an eccentric, nervous drifter, she starts to feel hopeful again - until the first bugs arrive...

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A shattering of the soul February 8, 2010
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First off, totally exterminate any preconceived notions of the extreme horror you might be accustomed to. Bug is more of an alarming psychological journey into the human mind, an intense exploration of a broken soul. It's closer to the films Beautiful Mind and Conspiracy Theory than something like Aliens or The Fly. Director William Freidkin opens the crazy door and dares you to step inside.

The acting and character development in this movie is outstanding. Ashley Judd gives the performance of her lifetime as Agnes, an emotionally battered waitress who is hanging on by a thread. She has a trainwreck of a past, from her abusive ex-husband to her missing child.

She meets a mysterious loner named Peter, and he might offer a hand toward gaining some mental stability. Or he might push them both over the edge. We quickly realize it's most likely the latter, as this romance doesn't take long to unravel. Peter is a war veteran, and claims to be the victim of some extreme government experimentations. His military leaders apparently planted "bugs" under his skin. This may or may not be true, but one thing is for sure--his inner demons are about to come crawling out.

Freidkin unleashes a totally original and riveting psychological drama. The symptoms of this story frantically spread and feed off your mind in frightening fashion. A psychotically sick tale that plagues you with themes of loneliness, desperation, and mental instability. Plus it lightly touches on notions of government control and the devastating effects of war. Such a great film, one that might come off as ridiculous to some as it blazes an unfamiliar path. But for open-minded movie watchers ready to be challenged, this is must-see stuff.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Bug" will get under your skin. October 8, 2007
William Friedkin returns with a vengeance in this highly disturbing tale of mental illness, self-mutilation, depravity, and isolation.

The story is deceptively simple in that Ashley Judd, who still looks beautiful no matter how sickly she's made up, plays an isolated, abused and tortured woman who has a history for making awful decisions and eventually makes one too many when she hooks up with a paranoid stranger who is at first shy, tender, and compassionate, but quickly becomes as domineering as Judd's criminal ex-husband who is very well played by Harry Connick, Jr. As I said, this is a deceptively simple tale, because nothing is as it seems in this incredibly violent and disturbing film.

Things very quickly spiral out of control with both Judd's character and the mysterious stranger believing that the government has arranged their relationship in order to produce some super bugs. This, ironically, appeals to Judd's character who has been seeking, in her own way, some relevance in a world that has ignored her pain. It oddly gives her a sense of importance and a reason to hate those around her who have either pointed a judgmental finger at her for literally losing her son (which could happen to anyone) or have done little to help her out of her miserable life (even though she created some of her own misery).

Judd's character is both an in-depth, evolving character and a stereotype of a crack-smoking waitress with no ambition in life other than to wallow in self-pity, hang with the wrong crowd and then wonder why her life is so screwed up. This is a tragically multi-layered character and performance.
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Based directly on the stage play by the same name, BUG will most certainly get under your skin. Although thriller in nature, horror fans should be warned that there are no supernatural or superhuman elements in the story. Looking at the DVD cover, one gets the impression that it might be a spin-off of something along the lines of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, but Bug couldn't be further from it. No mutant grasshoppers. No aligning of planets that results in bloodthirsty arachnids.

Stage play actor Michael Shannon reprises his role on the silver screen as drifter Peter who falls for lonely waitress Agnes played by Ashley Judd. Agnes is damaged goods to begin with; a woman who's lost her only child to a kidnapping and drowns herself in liquor and cocaine. And when she meets Peter, she believes she may have found someone to connect with other than her abusive ex-husband Jerry (Harry Connick Jr., The Iron Giant). But Peter brings with him his own unique brand of psychological luggage. A battered U.S. veteran who possibly was exposed to torture, Peter begins showing cracks in his psyche soon after their first romantic encounter. He claims that bugs are in the room with them. Then the bugs are in him. Then in her. Then everywhere and involving everyone. The paranoia reaches a crescendo that culminates in the death of someone trying to help Peter and Agnes, and the eventual destruction of everything around them.

First let's be clear what we're talking about here. There are no bugs. We, the audience, don't see a single flea.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars alright movie
could have been better but it was worth watching the plot was alright but could have used some improvement but overall I was happy I watched it.
Published 11 days ago by thelma walker
1.0 out of 5 stars Love HARRY, hate the movie
ugggh other than Harry Connick Jr.s wonderful portrayal of a sociopath, there's not much else I can say about this terrible movie.
Published 1 month ago by lonesomepaws
1.0 out of 5 stars Ninety minutes I'll never get back
The whole movie was just implausible to me. Worse, it was impossible to find a likeable character and the usually beautiful Ashley Judd wasn't too appealing either.
Published 2 months ago by Peter Scheid
3.0 out of 5 stars Bug
I had to watch this after reading the play for a college writing class. The play is definitely better. Either way, it's still weird.
Published 2 months ago by Kaity
5.0 out of 5 stars Bug..... Ugh.....
My husband and I love this movie saw for the 2nd time with family. It is super duper creepy but extremely well done.... If you like scary this is for you...
Published 3 months ago by Robert A. or Kathleen M. Tripp
5.0 out of 5 stars Moves fast!
Though the movie may be eh- I directed a scene from the play bug for my directing class. These made great gifts and it got here almost over night when I chose standard shipping.
Published 3 months ago by Therrin Eber
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful movie
Ashley Judd has always been one of my favorite actors but this movie was the pits. Just an awful theme, fair acting and disgusting ending.
Published 3 months ago by Dee Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid movie SPOILER
This movie simple put was about 1 schizophrenic whom drags a extremely susceptible drug addict into his delusion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Corwell
Don't watch this movie or buy it, I'm pleading with you. Unless your bored and looking for a comedy to laugh out then sure this is maybe for you but if you thought this was a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jade Merical-Welch
2.0 out of 5 stars How stupid can one person be?
The whole time watching this movie I just couldn't believe how stupid Ashley Judd's character was. Agnes was a moron. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lisa Mohr
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