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A lonely waitress with a tragic past, Agnes rooms in a run-down motel, living in fear of her abusive, recently paroled ex-husband. But when Agnes begins a tentative romance with Peter, an eccentric, nervous drifter, she starts to feel hopeful again - until the first bugs arrive.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.75 x 0.75 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : 031398218012
- Director : William Friedkin
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 42 minutes
- Release date : September 25, 2007
- Actors : Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick Jr., Lynn Collins, Brian F. O'Byrne
- Language : Unqualified (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unknown (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Lionsgate Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000T5O48K
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A shattering of the soul
ByC. Christopher Blackshereon February 8, 2010
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.
At first glance it was unappealing, but I could tell my friends were into it so I was curious. Within a few moments I was hooked and had to sit down. Never imagined that I would end up coming back to it more than once. Many things about this movie are so highly repulsive, it's hard to describe what makes it so magnetic. Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon are incredible in these roles, but excellent performances aren't usually enough to merit multiple viewings. The interplay of psychology between the two characters is so well crafted, and the decent into madness is so expertly paced that I just love jumping down the rabbit hole.
For me, this movie established the extreme opposite end of the spectrum that was created by movies like Man From Earth (which was another gem I can thank my old roomies for showing me) and 12 Angry Men. It also established this genre of single-room setting micro-thrillers/dramas (if there's a name for it, I'm not aware) as one of my favorites. If I had to place 3 pillars of the genre, not including 12 Angry Men, I would place Man from Earth at one end, Bug at the other end, and Sunset Limited somewhere near the middle.
If you are like I was, and you're unsure that a single room, a couple of actors, and a lot of dialogue is enough to make a great movie - I urge you to give any of these movies a chance. I guarantee that once you've seen one of them, you'll want to watch all of them. And once you've seen all of them, you'll watch them all again. Once you've watched them all again, you'll start looking around and be sad that there aren't more movies like this.
Edit: Pretty much immediately after I wrote this I did some googling and learned that there is indeed a name for this genre (of course) - they are called Bottle Films.
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I disagree totally with the other review on here which says that the guy who comes into the woman's life is crazy, I don't think he's crazy at all. Does that mean she would have been better off with her ex, who's a violent ex-con? I don't think so. These two people really lift the film out of something that could have been rather depressing, had it not been handled correctly and made with such a passion for a clever storyline. And there is a genuine love story there, which is played out with warmth and a great deal of passion, and out of a cold, barren landscape, the woman and the man too come to that are given hope. The love scene is wonderful and heartfelt, even if they do go off the rails at the end. It's a horror film, so you can't really expect it to do otherwise.
There is a very enjoyable flash of Ashley Judd's bare butt too, which made me smile, but the film is not at all excessive, and I think that Harry Connick Jr, who was once a young singer/crooner now turned actor is also very good at playing her ex. He carries just enough menace to make it tense between them, but he's not the cliched snarling villian who comes in to ruin everything. He's grown into a big guy now and he uses his size to great effect.
The weird and unnerving thing for me personally is that the film's three main characters remind me of the three characters in a book that I have published on the internet, as the triangle of characters is so similar, (except mine's not a horror story), but it added to the fascination for me.
Well done to Ashley Judd too for doing something different, and playing a bit against type from what I've heard she's done so far. She's downplayed completely and she's a real victim, and lonely. She's also very touching.
I would say this film is an original and maybe a classic, but only time will tell. Yes, as the other review said, it's tough to watch sometimes, but I will be taking another look again, since I did buy a copy and I really liked it. Which was a relief more than anything I'll admit!!