Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1986. SLM Production Group, Brooksfilms. Screenplay by Charles Edward Pogue, David Cronenberg, based on the short story by George Langelaan. Cinematography by Mark Irwin. Produced by Stuart Cornfeld. Music by Howard Shore. Production Design by Carol Spier. Costume Design by Denise Cronenberg. Film Editing by Ronald Sanders. Academy Awards 1986. National Board of Review Awards 1986. New York Film Critics Awards 1986.
An obsessed scientist (Jeff Goldblum) pores over his research in matter transportation, the kind of technology that could lead to people being beamed up onto the Starship Enterprise. After an attempt with a live subject proves successful, he decides to test his transportation device on himself, not realizing when he puts the plan into action that a single fly gets into the transport booth with him. When rematerialized in the second destination (still within his laboratory), Goldblum’s molecular structure is combined with that of the fly’s, and his senses begin to respond. Geena Davis, breaking free of the cheesecake roles she’d played up until this point, is terrific as an investigative journalist who signs on to look into Goldblum’s research but ends up with a much different story to tell. David Cronenberg’s superb direction and the marvelous makeup provide one of the most original and daring horror films of the period, with Goldblum giving a marvelous performance as a man who is caught between two worlds of existence.