Has the same fetishistic, focused, intense repetition as the novel. Spader's Ballard stumbles upon a perverse subculture that subsumes and ultimately comes to define his sexuality. Cronenberg comprehends the cold, scaly, sexual inquiry that Ballard is engaged in. A cinematic provacateur with a clinical eye for detail takes on a writer who is part fantasist, part prophet. Pleasure, pain and sexualized machine merge.