This film is - simply put - about suicide.
C. Thomas Howell plays a young man travelling cross-country who has the misfortune of picking up Rutger Hauer - the titular hitchhiker. These two characters engage in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, but are really the same person at two different points on an all too common trajectory.
Both show obvious signs of clinical depression. Hauer's character has given up on life, acting violently and impulsively at all times, while Howell…
Brilliant premise and wonderful cinematography are ultimately wasted on Scanners. The "lead" (if you can even call him that) puts in one of the worst performances I've seen, reciting every line as if it is the first time he's ever said those words in that order. Which may actually be true, given how Cronenberg was forced to put the movie into production before the script had been finalized. He would spend the first 2…
I'm on a huge roll watching movies that are visually competent and rewarding, but are lacking in other basic film criterion such as plot and characterization. Inferno fits that bill pretty nicely, featuring great cinematography on the streets of Rome and New York, as well as some amazing color work, but ultimately lacks the necessary plot cohesion to be a great piece of film-making. There is, however, also the added bonus here of an…