Infinity Pool Review
Highly anticipated release, Infinity Pool, marked writer/director Brandon Cronenberg's (Possessor, 2020 Sundance) festival return in the Midnight section lineup. It's taking a few more steps off the beaten path in his twisted exploration of the ravages to human soul. So buckle up because there's so much to unpack...
Director: Brandon Cronenberg
Screenwriters: Brandon Cronenberg
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth, Cleopatra Coleman
Runtime: 118 minutes
Sundance Synopsis: James and Em Foster take off to an all-inclusive beach getaway in the fictional state of Li Tolqa to help jump-start his writer’s block. Their lazy days are spent relegated to their pricey resort, isolated from the surrounding land. Gabby introduces herself and her partner, Al, as she’s a fan of James’ last novel, and they would like to spend some time together with the Fosters. The couples plan a secret daytrip outside the compound that ends in a fatal accident with James to blame. For a hefty price, there are loopholes to aid foreign travelers convicted of crimes there, which is how James is first introduced to a perverse subculture of hedonistic tourism.
*originally run on January 29, 2023 as part of the MTR Network's Sundance 2023 coverage
Don't be fool by the slick cinematic treatment and debauchery, Cronenberg's here to push you to think about how you justify your choices. Infinity Pool's a vulgar, darkly humorous, incisive commentary on privilege, enticement, and the destruction of soul.
Horror movies set at a travel destination open the door for an almost unimaginable spiral into violence that only seems to happen when you exist in a reality vacuum. Infinity Pool leans into that vacuum to create an environment ripe for corruption. There's a persistent forceful disconnect in the narrative that results in one chaotic-as-hell allegory.
Listen and Ro and guest critic Richard Newby dig into Infinity Pool.
Infinity Pool opened in theaters January 27, 2023 and is currently streaming on Hulu.
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