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Seth Brundle, a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation, which against all the expectations of the scientific establishment have proved successful. Up to a point. Brundle thinks he has ironed out the last problem when he successfully transports a living creature, but when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds he is a changed man.
For more about The Fly and the The Fly Blu-ray release, see the The Fly Blu-ray Review published by PeteR on December 2, 2007 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Les Carlson, David Cronenberg
Director: David Cronenberg
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The Fly Blu-ray Review
"Be afraid. Be very afraid." - Veronica Quaife
Reviewed by PeteR, December 2, 2007
Brilliant, charming, and eccentric scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) meets journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) at a party thrown by his financier, Bartok Science Industries. Brundle convinces Veronica to accompany him back to his lab, a loft in a rundown area of town. Unimpressed by what she thinks are two designer phone booths, Seth demonstrates what he calls "telepods": teleporting her stocking from one pod to another at the speed of light. Now impressed, Veronica's journalistic instincts take over to Brundle's horror. He insists that she should not report the story, but Veronica leaves the loft.
Brundle tracks her down to the offices of Particle magazine, which is edited by Veronica's ex-boyfriend Stathis Borans (John Getz). Borans believes Brundle to be nothing more than a con man and scoffs that Brundle's invention is just a magician's trick, a hoax. Brundle and Veronica have lunch, where Brundle convinces her to chronicle his attempts to complete his main objective: teleporting a living being. So far, he has only been successful with inanimate objects. Later, Stathis attempts to aggressively reconcile with Veronica, much to her disgust. She tosses him out of her apartment and soon afterwards begins to observe Brundle at work. As they spend time together, a romance develops between them.
An attempt to teleport a baboon ends with the animal horrifyingly turned inside out: the computer has trouble understanding living tissue. Inspired by her interpretation of a piece of teleported steak, Brundle teaches the computer how to deal with flesh. Soon this results in the successful teleportation of another baboon. Their celebration is cut short by the arrival of a Particle magazine cover depicting Brundle's quest for teleportation. Veronica rushes off to confront Borans, leaving a confused and jealous Brundle. Believing that she wants to be with her ex-lover, Brundle gets drunk and decides to teleport himself. He is successful, but unfortunately Brundle does not notice that a housefly was inside the teleporter at the same time as well.
Veronica reunites with Brundle, and return to their work and romance. Brundle feels euphoric: he believes the teleporter acted as a filter for all his weaknesses. However, Brundle's moods are becoming dangerously erratic, and his body begins to mutate. Brundle consults the computer records of his initial teleportation: the computer fused the genes of the fly with his. Terrified, Brundle begins searching for a cure to his condition before his humanity is completely consumed.
Daid Cronenberg's The Fly is a remake of the 1958 original, which in turn was based on a short story by George Langelaan. Other than the concept of a man using a teleportation device and becoming fused with a housefly, there is almost nothing in common between them. Cronenberg's story begins slowly, emphasizing the budding romance between Seth and Veronica. Cronenberg keeps the film intimate: you feel like you are peeking into the lives of real people. When Brundle begins to transform, we are as horrified as Veronica is. Cronenberg builds up the horror slowly and there are only a couple shocks in the first hour. Later when the Brundlefly transformation begins to accelerate, so does the horror. Only towards the end do I feel that it gets a bit over the top as far as gore is concerned. I remember being quite disgusted back when this was released, and it colored my perception of the film for a long time. However, revisiting it on Blu-ray 20 years later, the experience is almost a completely different one. After seeing many so-called "horror" films in the meantime, and witnessing the rise of the whole "torture porn" genre, I can appreciate the film much more now. Sure, some of the cable actuated puppets may seem a bit hokey in an age where CGI can conjure up photorealistic creatures… but the heart of the story is an ageless one: that of a doomed romance.
Being an intimate film, the cast is small, and very good. Real life couple (at the time) Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis have real chemistry. In the commentary Cronenberg says Goldblum recommended Davis. Not only did she impress the director with her acting talents, but Cronenberg comments that the casting was perfect since she was so tall…Goldblum is 6' 5" and it made it easier to film them together! John Getz has the thankless role of the antagonist. As unlikeable as the character is, Getz is able get the audience to feel sympathetic to him, and by the end of the film we understand when Veronica goes to him for help.
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