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Two bodies. Two minds. One soul.
Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.
3 months before Ivan Reitman's cuddly comedy Twins, came Cronenberg's Dead Ringers. The immense dark to Arnie's saccharine light.
Within only a handful of scenes, Cronenberg paints raw body images with stark, frank dialogue. There's talk of sex, periods, the uterus, surgery and a mutant cervix. The mood now suitably set for Jeremy Iron's incredible dual role of the identical Mantle twins - to pierce and settle under your skin.
Really, Irons is the focus here. Subtle changes in face and body differentiate the bonded brothers. Easy to tell apart and with a riveting duality, it's an absolute beast of a performance that inevitably puts everything outside of 'them' in a less interesting, less demanding shade.
I'll admit, I lost…
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I've often thought that there should be beauty contests for the *insides* of bodies.
- Elliot Mantle
I'm sure many of you will have watched a film and loved it thoroughly, but when it came to review it you found yourself plagued with some sort of mental block. I'm afraid that is how I am feeling right now. It's starting to get quite late now and I must watch another film in a moment so that I can finally complete a challenge I've set myself. When I started the challenge I worried that watching so many films in such a short space of time might lower my appreciation/enjoyment of the…
"Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
Whenever brothers and the relationship between them is the central focus of a movie, no matter how unrealistic or melodramatic this bond may be portrayed I always find myself actively involved with the story and characters on more than just a mere superficial level. I can relate to these characters as I have a brother and I know how special this connection is.
Jeremy Irons plays identical twins Beverly (Bev) and Elliot (Eli) Mantle, two highly respected gynecologists. They understand each other perfectly and share everything, including their apartment, their job and their women, living vicariously through each other. Eli is the more sociable, casual, confident and aggressive one while Bev is…
Jeremy Irons has palpable sexual chemistry with Jeremy Irons.
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This is my third Cronenberg after A History of Violence and The Fly, and it seems I haven't hit upon one of his full-body-horror, crazy shows yet. This is really restrained, feeling like it's patiently building towards some grand finale, with the most vivid image confined to a dream sequence and the disturbing stuff mostly implied than shown (which can still draw squirms-a-plenty though). Appropriate, because it allows the best special effect and most disturbing aspect of the film, Jeremy Irons' performance, to shine fully. Apart from some moments where the twins' minds start melding, there is not much doubt whose personality we're looking at, even though they don't look that different…
Not quite what I was expecting. I went in with the notion that this would have some kind of horror aspect to it, but it has very little. I’m fine with that, just took a bit to get my bearing on the tone. Instead its more about addiction, and the connection between the two twin brothers. There is a general air of creepiness and the movie is more than a little unnerving. The acting by Jeremy Irons plays the dual role very well, and the movie does capture an interesting dynamic. My problem was that it was a bit flat. The pacing is very slow. There aren’t a lot of high points, the movie hums along at a very low frequency. I had a hard time staying interested and ultimately didn’t find much of a connection with the material.
This is what I like to call a movie that I have seen. While being a really disturbing roller coaster of an emotional journey that leave me harrowed at the end, my soul distraught, it was nonetheless a great watch.
This is probably the best non-genre film from Cronenberg I've seen. Whenever identical twins are involved, there are always concerns is that the whole movie will consist of playing tricks on the audience, or never getting over the hump of gimmicks that are involved.
Cronenberg does not take the easy way out. Please watch it.
“Who is this?”
Just wasn't my thing.
Cold, clinical and largely unappealing.
More on the dramatic side, Dead Ringers is a look at the weird world of identical twins. Jeremy Irons absolutely nails it playing both twins, the serious, hard working and quite Beverly, and the ladies man, out-going and opportunist Elliot. I think I’ve lost who twin is who numerous times during the movie. I hate to say this, but I think Dead Ringers , although exceptionally acted and with a rather unique story, failed to fully captivate me. I didn’t find it bad, but it certainly isn’t my favorite Cronenberg.
A bit more episodic than Cronenberg's other 80s masterpieces, which doesn't hurt the film at all, but takes it down a notch below Videodrome and The Fly for me. Personally I prefer the more seamlessly elliptical rhythms of Videodrome, but hot damn was he in his stride with this one!
Dead Ringers (1988)
Reviewed at my blog Overlook Hotel Film for my October Overlook Madness, one Horror Review a day
Hello everyone, once again we are here with the horrors of the film world, the dreadful oozing and dripping places in which the most disgusting creatures lurk. It’s almost halfway through the month of October and we have amazing movies that we’ve already covered and impressive movies, I guess, yet to see! Let’s watch what horrors today’s film holds for us. Woo!
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