(WARNING: Review covers some inappropriatet content)
Without a doubt, I overhyped on seeing this movie! I remember the first time I saw a trailer for this when I was watching a movie in the theaters, and thinking how I would go see that if it was going to be released in our theaters. It didn’t come to our theaters when it was released on January 27, 2023 to 1,835 theaters. But I didn’t have to wait long. On February 14th, 2023 (18 days after its theatrical release), it got released to Vudu for the buying price of $14.99 (exactly $16.00 with tax). I wasn’t about to wait for it to rent (February 28th), so I actually bought it . . . going very blind on this movie on whether I was going to hate it or love it, and I was thinking this was a movie I would enjoy seeing all the praise it got on Rotten Tomatoes (Certified Fresh). But man do I wish I could go back on my purchase . . .
Going back when I first saw the trailer, I actually coming to think that its a bi misleading. After watching the trailer for this movie and actually only seeing the trailer once, I thought it would be this great disturbing, violent scary horror movie. But after watching it, yes it was violent and disturbing but at the same time, I thought it would be more extreme than what it actually turned out to be (Terrifier 2 was far more extreme than what I saw in this movie). And I heard bad things about the sexaul content, hearing that it was also to like the extreme, but it turned out to be a hallucination of an orgy that didn’t go too into graphic detail and a now & then some nude people, but that was really it. I mean, the Wolf of Wall Street sexaul/nude content was on a higher scale! So this movie didn’t get me off guard on really anything on how “extreme” the violence and sexaul, nude content had in it!
In the orignal cut of this movie, which would have earned the rating of NC-17, it has James doing a penis ejaculating with hand stimulation. Although this is shown in the R-rated cut, it isn’t shown right up front to the most graphic content. We know it’s happening due because of semen falling onto the floor. This scene is so not-needed. It literally adds no storyline to the movie, and it is really unnneeded. Why it was even needed in the R-rated cut baffles me. And I’m actually wondering why the director added also an orgy scene that was long but nothing too explicit . . . just knowing what they were doing is how explicit it got. It’s these kind of moves that the director added that makes me question the direction of the film. I mean, you delete those scenes out and it’s pretty alright without them.
This movie really has an interesting plot, but how it’s executed is how it got me turned away from the movie. It doesn’t balance out anything and even the theme/plot of the movie gets lost in all that’s happening. I mean this isn’t a movie with a lot happening, but this is a movie that needed a lot of explantion on the depth of the movie and the plot. It just kind of felt it was going with you just figuring out what was happening. Because I promise you, I got lost in the film more than once and by the end of the movie . . . I was wondering what was the main theme being exploited in the end. It just is frustrating to watch a movie that has little to no explantion and at the end of the movie you have to rely on someone’s guesses on what the theme of the movie was than what you think it was because you got confused and lost during the film.
Overall, this film has low character building is low. The plot and themes of the movie gets lost, confused, and muddled down in the end. The violence and sexaul cotent are R-rated yes, but not extreme. And really, the only good part about this was Mia Goth’s acting . . . she carried the whole movie on her back, but in the end, it wasn’t enough to redeem this movie on how low it fell and how bad it turned out!
Infinty Pool: Uncut Review
Directed: Brandon Cronenberg
Writer: Brandon Cronenberg
Film Editors: James Vandewater
Executive Producers: Michael Bloom, Brandon Cronenberg, Jeff Deutchman, Ryan Heller, Emily Kulasa, Adrian Love, Laurie May, Charlotte Mickie,Hengameh Panahi, Tom Quinn, Alexander Skarsgård, Emily Thomas, and Maria Zuckerman
Producers: Rob Cotterill, Andrew Cividino, Jonathan Halperyn, Anita Juka, Daniel Kresmery, Christina Piovesan, and Noah Segal
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth, Cleopatra Coleman, Jalil Lespert, Adam Boncz, and Zijad Gracic
Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
Releasers: Téléfilm Canada
Released: January 27th, 2023
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