Bug

  • 18
  • William Friedkin (2006)
  • US
  • 97 min
Film Review
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1 out of 5

Despite misleading genre trappings and nasty gore, Exorcist director William Friedkin's film is not a horror piece but an overwrought psychological drama. Adapted by Tracy Letts from his off-Broadway play, it stars Ashley Judd (whose fearless performance is wasted here) as a trailer-trash waitress who is in hiding from her abusive jailbird ex-husband (Harry Connick Jr). Shacked up with her in a tacky motel room is traumatised soldier Michael Shannon (reprising his acclaimed stage role), and the pair feed off each other's paranoid delusions. He starts seeing bugs everywhere, she wraps everything in tin foil and together they discuss aliens, conspiracy theories and secret government experiments. Each becomes more hysterical as manic fantasy takes over from fact, with Friedkin pushing the ludicrous third act into dead-end grotesque camp. It's an alienating and exhausting rant that never escapes its offputting theatrical origins.

Plot Summary

Psychological thriller starring Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon. After a troubled woman spends the night with a drifter, he claims he was the subject of army experiments that left bugs in his blood, which he may have passed on to her. Gradually she becomes more and more susceptible to his paranoid delusions.

Cast and crew

Cast

Agnes White
Ashley Judd
Peter Evans
Michael Shannon
Jerry Goss
Harry Connick Jr
RC
Lynn Collins
Dr Sweet
Brian F O'Byrne
Man in grocery store
Neil Bergeron
Pizza Harris
Bob Neill

Crew

Director
William Friedkin

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Lionsgate
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on DVD
Released 9 Nov 2007
Certificate 18
Distributor:
Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK
Categories
Drama

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