The Brood

by on Sep.16, 2010, under Daily Review

Cronenberg manages to break many taboo’s in his features, but here with The Brood, he deals with many shocking thoughts and images which will haunt your mind. The film is brutal and disturbing, but the pace is steady, solid and in control at all times, which builds to an outrageously graphic finale.

The film’s main protagonist is Frank (Art Hindle) who is involved in a bitter divorce battle with his crazy wife Nola, (Sam Eggar) who struggles with her abusive past. Spending time with her shrink Reglan, (Oliver Reed), she learns how to release her inner tension, her anger and haunting violence which has consumed her mind and life all these years, but what is born is something from these counselling lessons is more than a mental release, allowing a new physical danger to be released.

Cronenberg takes the challenge of dealing with an abusive home life and adds that magic which only he knows how to cast. The physical metamorphosis of the horrific situation is spectacular, and unthinkable. A master of his work, he takes the ideas and replicates a whole new world around a simple, yet horrid situation, which results in a film unlike anything else you have ever seen. There are many graphic moments which will affect viewers differently. The berth scene is heavy going, and nothing what you could ever expect. Another moment has two young kids beating a school teacher to death as the rest of the clash are trying to get on with their art class; a really vicious moment for me, this one. Keep an eye on the reaction of the other kids, extras.

Another fine film, brilliant in execution and build up and performance. Perfect by all accounts.  


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