Flawed adaptation. John Hurt is solid and Crispin Glover tries his best but can't hide his American accent. Vanessa Redgrave overacts. Some of the scenes become unintentionally funny. The biggest problem is they have updated the story to modern times, yet fingerprint analysis is available now (since 1881), so the story doesn't make sense in mid 20th Century.
Bill Murray's character know there’s punishment awaiting for misdemeanours yet keeps running afoul with the army over and over? That makes no sense. The rash decision by the general to send them on a mission was also implausible. It’s still entertaining and funny though. If Stripes had been made today there would be at least one female recruit, and not just as a love interest.
Could be David Cronenberg's most important, visionary, and ambitious work. A cult film that is disturbing and visually grotesque, so not for the faint of heart.
Thought-provoking, not least because the film is a window into the future: Freely available information, avatar names, the limits of satisfaction and entertainment, the effects on your surroundings and on the mind of watching violence, sex or torture, and whether entertainment is at the expense of something more worthwhile. Does viewing kill our brain…
So many versions available on YouTube so I decided to go with the official dvd from the library. The score fits well for a thriller and particularly the chase ending stayed with me. I liked the cinematic approach to storytelling, pulling coat up over face, handcuffs, portraits on the walls, and so on. An impressive trick is when the family look up and we see the lodger (worm 's eye view) restlessly walking alone in his upstairs room. Thematically the same old from Hitchcock, this time in silent.