How could a movie with so many gay icons (and my future ex-husband Hugh Dancy) possibly be so painfully awful?
You can tell this movie was made by a straight man.
If it had been made by a queer/non-male person, Elizabeth Shue’s character wouldn’t have been a mere human prop for Nic Cage’s character. And she wouldn’t have been defined by basically just her profession. Or... Or! She would have been those things in such a way so as to make a point of it all. (But alas.) She also probably would have had a backstory. And her own version…
That insatiable need to understand oneself--existentially, sexually, spiritually--drives many of Russell's protagonists, and Hurt's obsessed-scientist-gone-too-far fits that mold perfectly...
Uncanny and aggressive, Altered States is perhaps the director's most unhinged film--brought together with Chayefsky's imaginative story and Cronenweth's remarkable cinematography