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I watched David Cronenberg’s highly-anticipated horror ‘Crimes of the Future’ starring Kristen Stewart and it was a gory, depressing fable


Crimes of The Future. NEON. “Crimes of the Future” debuted at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday.

The film stars Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, and Léa Seydoux.   The film includes several outrageously gory and sinister moments, including the autopsy of a child. Director David Cronenberg predicted that “Crimes of the Future” — his first film in eight years — would inspire walkouts from audience members within the first five minutes of its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in an interview with Deadline last month.

“Crimes of the Future” explores themes such as death, desire, and the limits of the human body, which Cronenberg has explored throughout his acclaimed career. And the film comes with all the same shock and gore as his previous works, like “Crash,” which follows a film producer who becomes sexually aroused by car crashes. The film was booed by audiences at the 1996 Cannes film festival but received a special jury prize.

Set in a not-too-distant future in which the human body creates abnormal mutations of internal organs, “Crimes of the Future” follows performance artist Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen), who has his organs extracted by his partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux) in pseudo-sexual rituals for underground audiences. Kristen Stewart also stars as a surgeon who is fascinated by Mortensen’s Tenser and becomes obsessed with his mutilated body. The film debuted at Cannes on Monday, where it was the most coveted ticket in town.

Festival organizers screened the film across three theaters throughout the grand Palais. This was the most space any film has occupied on the festival calendar. Even Warner Bros.

‘s highly anticipated “Elvis” biopic — which debuts at the festival later this week — will be afforded only one screening. As I approached the Palais to attend a press screening for “Crimes,” the streets were lined with Cronenberg fans holding up makeshift signs pleading for spare tickets. And the screening room was completely packed.

But did Cronenberg’s return live up to all the hype?Is ‘Crimes of The Future’ any good? Yes, but it’s a tough, depressing watch Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen in “Crimes of The Future. “NEON. The short answer to the question on everyone’s minds is: Yes, “Crimes of the Future” is good and it’s sufficiently gory.

Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, and Léa Seydoux, who lead the film’s creepy ensemble, are a seductive and transfixing trio. They glide through scenes with precision, rattling off the film’s often wild and wacky pseudo-scientific dialogue with ferocious clarity that makes it hard to turn away from the film — even when Cronenberg’s twisted camera plumbs unimaginable depths. For instance, in one scene an autopsy is performed on the body of a child, whose violent murder we witness in the opening moments of the film.

At the press screening Insider attended, several audience members walked out. It must be stated, however, that people leave press screenings at Cannes all the time for several practical reasons, such as scheduling conflicts. Conversely, Entertainment Weekly reported that there were no walkouts during the film’s simultaneous premiere screening and it received a seven-minute standing ovation, which suggests the film will be one of the year’s most polarizing titles.

But does “Crimes” have the fuel to stick around and make it to next year’s Oscars?’Crimes of the Future’ probably won’t be an awards contenderKristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux in “Crimes of The Future. “NEON. While “Crimes” is both shocking and explicit, it is not salacious or exploitative.

The tone of Cronenberg’s script and direction is delicate and considered throughout. The violence we see is drawn from an emotional and philosophical core that is prevalent in all of Cronenberg’s work. The director explores his deep distrust of institutions and his obsession with the human body and its limits with intrigue rather than gratuitously.

This is the lasting power of Cronenberg’s work. As a result, the film may not provide the shot of dopamine that blood-thirsty audiences may be craving. “Crimes” will also alienate those who are hoping for a film that provides concrete answers.

In its final act, the film mellows significantly and lines up all the themes it has introduced throughout its nearly 2-hour runtime — climate change, state surveillance, and human desire — and it leaves them hanging, unchallenged. Some viewers might see this as Cronenberg’s challenge to the audience. Maybe he’s prompting us into action.

Others, like me, will be left kicking at the scraps, wishing to find more weight in his commentary.  Grade: B   Read the original article on Insider.

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