Crimes of the Future

Still evolving after all these years

David Cronenberg has during his long career given us such heartwarming movies as The Fly, The Brood, Scanners, The Dead Zone, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, Crash, A History of Violence, Eastern Promise, eXistenZ and The Nest. Well, no more Mr. Nice Guy.

The 80-year-old director’s latest effort demonstrates that his ability to meld horror with sci-fi/noir remains undimmed. It’s set in a not-too-distant future, where humans are adapting to the synthetic environment they’ve created with new anatomical transformations and mutations. Like a child whose (inheritable) digestive system can process this world’s most abundant resource: plastic garbage.

The compelling, hypnotic story revolves around a celebrity performance artist (Viggo Mortensen) whose forte is growing new organs in his body and then having their removal filmed by his partner (Lea Seydoux) for a somehow sensual video blog. Kristin Stewart in a supporting role energizes every scene she’s in. Not recommended for dinner viewing, even for fans of Cronenberg’s quirks, fetishes and obsessions. Warning: it may haunt you. Stalk you. Give you nightmares. (107 min)

Crimes of the Future Japan release date August 18