One of the good ones.
Equal parts goofy and impressive. When the effects don’t work, they’re unfortunate; but most of the time, it’s really cool how much practical stuff was attempted and cleverly solved.
The same somehow holds for the story as well. It zigs and zags unexpectedly, and even when it’s desperately trying to connect scenes, the sheer theatrical competency of the cast kinda makes it work.
Picture looks gorgeous! Modern cinematography is embarrassing.
It's as good an action/sci-fi movie as has ever been made, and on top of it, it's a subversive, complex, yet highly entertaining examination of the cost of social order. It has held up beautifully over the past 15 years, and in retrospect, it's one of the best movies of the 1990s.
Cronenberg is known primarily for his body weirdness, but his career is actually varied and split into phases. Imagine my delight when Crimes recalls, more than anything, the eXistenZ phase. It’s structured like a noir, with secretive conversations peeling away layers of mystery that ultimately doesn’t matter much; what you’re really supposed to take away is the social commentary. And by that I don’t mean something like “companies are bad,” but more like “isn’t it weird that we have skin.”