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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Matt takes a dip in the INFINITY POOL (review)


Infinity Pool (18)

Dir. Brandon Cronenberg

Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@Cleric20)

“Maybe think of it as a gift. You said you were looking for inspiration. There’s something to the experience, isn’t there? 

You come out feeling, it’s hard to explain, but I can see it in your eyes, if you know what I mean…”

Prepare to have your limits tested!? Infinity Pool is a trip like few others – a vacation destination that will destroy your soul and mess with your mind.

Brandon ‘POSSESSOR’ Cronenberg delivers an incredibly seductive descent into violence, passion, and extremes that it takes a particularly sick mind to dream up.

'Holiday snaps'

Meet writer James (Alexander Skarsgård) with his glamorous wife Em (Cleopatra Coleman) – they are holidaying on the sun-drenched state of Li Tolqa, in a super luxury resort. Guests are not really supposed to venture out of the complex – the locals are not friendly… When James meets a fan of his book – a flirty Gabi (Mia Goth) “I’m an actress of course” and her cool architect husband Alban (Jalil Lespert), they take him on an odyssey that he’ll never forget – if he even survives it.

Cronenberg brings thrills, of a seriously lurid kind, exploring extremities of hedonistic pleasure and depravity. A dip in this Infinity Pool is a heavy-duty viewing experience which is likely to traumatise the squeamish or those adverse to graphic violence and sex. It might feel a little like boundary-pushing in the levels of grimness on show but as The Guardian said of Goth: “It’s hard to keep your eyes off her as she slinks her way into chaos.” And the chaos is brutal as it ramps up to head-spinning levels.

'slinking into chaos'

Holidaying is an excuse for many to engage their wilder side, we’ve seen the shows of (especially English-type) rich revelers treating their surroundings with callous contempt, and Infinity Pool seeks to be the wake-up call that should jolt anyone from such follies…

As a writer, the plot entrapment had me hooked. Once the 'sci-fi meat' of the plot kicks in, it's basically an express elevator to hell.

The film revels in its twisted high-class misadventures – it’s shot beautifully and the cast are great, yes Goth stands out as she did in Pearl and X – she’s becoming the new cool face of horror.

Believe the hype - this is the future of horror and I can’t wait for more…

Out of a potential 5, you have to go with a Darkmatters:


(5 - 
A masterpiece of discomfort and disturbing nightmare fuel)

Awesomeness ööö
öö – you may never see anything like this again

Laughs ööö – very dark mirth

Horror öö
ö – seriously gruesome in places

Spiritual Enlightenment -öööö - who are you?

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