Bug

BB.5

(out of 5)


A lonely Oklahoma woman () spends her nights working in a bar and her days hiding out in the motel room where she lives. After fellow waitress  brings over a friend () for an evening of drinking and drugs, he ends up sticking around, the two of them drawn to each other despite the danger of Judd’s violent ex-husband () showing up. Shannon reveals that he is ex-army and AWOL, being chased by soldiers who want him for mental experiments that they performed on him during his service. She, already mentally enfeebled by abuse, drugs and the loss of her child years earlier, comes to care for him and the two of them hunker down in their little hovel and shut the rest of the world out. Unfortunately, the downside to their new paradise is that it is infested with bugs that are eating them alive but don’t seem to affect the people who visit them. This foray into psychological confusion is intelligently written and directed, but far too unpleasant to be stomached. William Friedkin is too happy to show the ugly side of every possible situation, while the moments that could be ironically uplifting, the way these characters reach out to each other for instance, is instead made grimy and sinister. The performances are top-drawer, Judd particularly frightening as a woman with no independent personal compass, but the descent into a very dark inner world is very grim and not redeemed by any person or occurrence. Based on the play by Tracy Letts, and the stagebound setting really shows.


Lions Gate Films, L.I.F.T. Production, DMK Mediafonds International, Inferno Distribution

USA, 2006

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his play

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by 

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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Bug

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