This is about as weird as it can get!
Directed By: David Cronenberg (The Fly)
So, let’s talk about Crash! Wait, not THAT Crash, but the 1996 Crash by David Cronenberg! A film that was give a nice little NC-17 rating when it came out, and with very good reason. There’s a lot of wrecked cars here and there’s a whole whole lot of sex going on to boot. And seeing as how it’s a film by that genius of a director, David Cronenberg, you have to assume there will be tons of weird and very strange things going down all over the place. But you can also rest a sure it’s very interesting. And interesting it is! So, if you like weirdness, you can get all of that and then some here with this one.
Since a road accident left him with serious facial and bodily scarring, a former TV scientist has become obsessed by the marriage of motor-car technology with what he sees as the raw sexuality of car-crash victims. The scientist, along with a crash victim he has recently befriended, sets about performing a series of sexual acts in a variety of motor vehicles, either with other crash victims or with prostitutes whom they contort into the shape of trapped corpses. Ultimately, the scientist craves a suicidal union of blood, semen, and engine coolant, a union with which he becomes dangerously obsessed.
It becomes clear early on in this one that our cast is all about carnage. Carnage in the form of crashes, sex, and swopping out with each other in those very acts. This is a bit of a slow mover at times, but usually the time slowed down is spent showing us something very weird or showing us something that is on the sexual side. And if you’ve seen a NC-17 film, that means the sexual stuff is over an R rated level, but not really on a pornographic ones in detail. So things are very much on an odd erotic level, but you may be too creeped out by other stuff going on, you won’t notice some of the time.
The film’s creepy factor is probably the main thing that keeps it rolling along. And our king of the creepers here is, Elias Koteas in the role of Vaughan. Our lead character of James (James Spader) and his wife are already swingers when this thing opens, but after dealing with him they turn into very weird and overly obsessed weirdos (more than they already were). So, we don’t have as much of the gore and odd effects that you are use to in most David Cronenberg films, but you do get some odd visuals and it all works together well enough, if even a little too snail paced in spots.
When this one finally wraps up, it’s not as much of a resolution for all the things that ail the characters here. It’s more or less an acceptance of this weird stuff that has been going down since our lead crashes his car. And the ending is a bit “out there”, but I think given the director and the subject matter this one deals with, it’s a very fitting end. But, some of you might not feel as if you get enough out of it, and I could see why. If you are looking for a lot action and a bit of suspense, you’ll probably not get a whole lot from this. If you are however looking for weirdness, and a whole lot of sexual content, you’ve found something that will be right down your ally.
I will admit, it’s not my favorite David Cronenberg film. But I don’t at all dislike it. It’s weird and I can accept that fact. I can even appreciate the movie in a lot of ways. But, just because I admit it’s a good film and unique, doesn’t mean I see a ton of re-watch value from it. So it’s above avergae in my book, but not mind blowing..Especially when compared to David Cronenberg’s other work.
The Rating (6.5/10)