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I’ve yet to love a Cronenberg movie. I always want them to go balls-to-the-walls with their effects and concepts (which is why The Fly is my favorite) but they hardly ever do. Instead they spend most of their time spouting exposition and come out feeling like slightly elevated B movies with the occasional crazy scene. I understand effects are expensive and it’s impractical to have 90 minutes of straight Cronenberg madness, but I want to end one of his movies not feeling like I’d get the same experience watching a “best scene” compilation on YouTube.

With that said, every henchman in this movie specifically has a shotgun and that’s hilarious. Like one dude had a pistol. Everyone else? Shotgun.

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