Disturbing from the very beginning, with a crescendus of bizarreness that forces you to remember it. Very well directed and acted (Shannon in particular is simply outstanding). It's rare to find such a film, rarer still in the horror genre, in which there seems to be more shit done than in any other. This is definitely not a by-the-book film.
One of the best psychological flicks of its decade, Bug is a dark chamber-play film that’s equally as deliriously disturbing as it’s blackly comedic. Brilliantly balanced lead performances between sanity and madness. Friedkin may be a master action sequence director, but is usually at his best in the lurid and morbid world of horror. Bug reminds me not of modern mainstream trash, but of the 1970’s cinematic bravery.
Let’s get paranoid! All of us! Because ”Bug” isn’t just about a couple feeding each other’s lunacy, it’s also about our conspiracy loving culture, the paranoia that’s breeding in the internet like the bugs in Peter’s tooth. Intense stuff. Shannon is a very convincing schizophrenic, and Judd a very touching mistreated character who finds comfort in the sick boy.
Tracy Letts did a great job in transforming his 1996 play into a script. Friedkin in turn adds an uncomfortable subtext by showing flashlike splinters of another reality (or other realities) at specific points (not only at the beginning or during and after the closing credits). The performances of Ashley Judd (especially the variety of facial expressions) and Michael Shannon are stunning and sometimes really creepy.
Scratch my back, I'll scratch yours! == Tennessee WILLIAMS in the Twilight Zone. BILDERBERG group, a bunch of lesbians, many clichés. SHANNON zero charisma. JUDD 100% mad. For lovers of conspiracies. === Tenessee WILLIAMS dans la 4ème dimension. Le groupe BILDERBERG, une lesbienne paumée, bcp de clichés. SHANNON zéro charisme. JUDD 100% barge. Pour amateurs de complots. === After Tracy LETTS's theater play. 2,5/5.