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Actors: Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick Jr., Lynn Collins, Brian F. O'Byrne
Director: William Friedkin
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
William (The Exorcist, The French Connection) Friedkin directed this harrowing portrait of slow-boiling paranoia about a lonely waitress (Ashley Judd) whose world spirals out of control after meeting a charismatic but dama... more »
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Callie K. (ballofglitter) from GRAND ISLAND, NE
Reviewed on 8/15/2014...
This movie is really different and kind of confusing. I had to google the plot because I was confused about what was really going on. It's slow but kept me watching because I had to see the ending (Which didn't even explain anything)
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jason S. (Jayboy) from PHOENIX, AZ
Reviewed on 7/13/2012...
One of Friednik's best. What's not to love?!?! Richly drawn characters, paranoia, and middle America!!
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Angela R. from SEATTLE, WA
Reviewed on 8/23/2010...
First of all this movie was marketed in the wrong way. It is not a "horror" film by any stretch of the imagination and for the studio and the press to latch that tag onto this movie was crime. This is a top notch thriller that will mess with your mind and make you believe one thing while secretly keeping something else from you. That is until the end which is amazing! You find yourself with a feeling of dread and sadness afterwards that you can't shake for a while. For people who say its bad, truly it's not. If anything, it's misunderstood. I don't want to insult anymone by saying "they just didn't get it" but if you went into this movie expecting gore and giant bugs, then its no wonder you were disappointed. This is pyschological thriller at its best.
5 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sharon C. (Sierrastar) from LITTLE ROCK, AR
Reviewed on 8/1/2010...
I am not one to watch a scarey movie and turned this one off once things started happeneing at the motel which I thought was a little over the top and I didn't need any nightmare that night
1 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
A shattering of the soul
Chris Blackshere | hampered by what's acceptable | 02/08/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First off, totally exterminate any preconceived notions of the extreme horror you might be accustomed to. Bug is more of an alarming psychological journey into the human mind, an intense exploration of a broken soul. It's closer to the films Beautiful Mind and Conspiracy Theory than something like Aliens or The Fly. Director William Freidkin opens the crazy door and dares you to step inside.
The acting and character development in this movie is outstanding. Ashley Judd gives the performance of her lifetime as Agnes, an emotionally battered waitress who is hanging on by a thread. She has a trainwreck of a past, from her abusive ex-husband to her missing child.
She meets a mysterious loner named Peter, and he might offer a hand toward gaining some mental stability. Or he might push them both over the edge. We quickly realize it's most likely the latter, as this romance doesn't take long to unravel. Peter is a war veteran, and claims to be the victim of some extreme government experimentations. His military leaders apparently planted "bugs" under his skin. This may or may not be true, but one thing is for sure--his inner demons are about to come crawling out.
Freidkin unleashes a totally original and riveting psychological drama. The symptoms of this story frantically spread and feed off your mind in frightening fashion. A psychotically sick tale that plagues you with themes of loneliness, desperation, and mental instability. Plus it lightly touches on notions of government control and the devastating effects of war. Such a great film, one that might come off as ridiculous to some as it blazes an unfamiliar path. But for open-minded movie watchers ready to be challenged, this is must-see stuff.