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FILM REVIEW: Infinity Pool

Edge of the seat wild caper Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth, Cleopatra Coleman, Thomas Kretschmann, Amanda Brugel, John Ralston Rati...


Edge of the seat wild caper

Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth, Cleopatra Coleman, Thomas Kretschmann, Amanda Brugel, John Ralston

Rating: 4/5

Brandon Cronenberg’s new film is one hell of an experience. It’s almost like Gaspar Noe’s ‘Enter The Void’, like an out-of-body experience where you never expect what the next scene is going to be. It’s way wilder, be it that wild hallucinogenic orgy scene or that wild and weird scene in which Alexander Skarsgård acts as a dog in a BDSM lead.

While staying at an isolated island resort, James and Em are enjoying a perfect vacation of pristine beaches, exceptional staff, and soaking up the sun. But guided by the seductive and mysterious Gabi, they venture outside the resort grounds and find themselves in a culture filled with violence, hedonism, and untold horror.

Brandon has taken after his father in terms of violence and sex in his films, and while his father is undoubtedly a better filmmaker, Brandon is as original as his father was. ‘Infinity Pool’ is one of the most original films to have come out in the last decade.

Alexander Skarsgård and Mia Goth give each scene their all and succeed in making the audience believe that the characters are real and not just acted, making this by far their best performance.

The violence is disgusting and over the top at times (just watch the scene in which Alexander Skarsgård punches his naked double and bashes his face in literally). Like Babylon, it’s surprising how this got a R rating instead of an NC-17 rating.

The direction is top-notch, full of substance, and highly stylistic, with not a single easily visible flaw. The screenplay is easily the best of this year to date. The cinematography is highly stylized and gorgeous to look at. The sound design is excellent, the colour grading is different from other contemporary horror films as Brandon chose to give his film a dull look. The music is highly atmospheric.

Infinity Pool is one hell of ride that has you on the edge of your seat, keeping you guessing till the last frame.

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