The Fly [2-Disc Edition] (1986) (Bilingual)
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Seth Brundle, a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation, which against all the expectations of the scientific establishment have proved successful. Up to a point. Brundle thinks he has ironed out the last problem when he successfully transports a living creature, but when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds he is a changed man.
David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of the science fiction classic about a scientist who accidentally swaps body parts with a fly is both smart and terrifying: an allegory for the awful processes of slow death and a monster movie with a tragic spin. Jeff Goldblum gives a masterful performance as a sweet, nerdy scientist whose romance with a writer (Geena Davis) makes him more fully alive. Next thing you know, a tiny oversight in an experiment causes him to transmogrify, gradually, into something more like an insect than a human. This is Cronenberg (Scanners, Videodrome) country, so expect The Fly to be a gross-out, but in the way that disease corrupts the body and can make a loved one unrecognizable on every level. This is one of Cronenberg's best films, and certainly one of the important movies of the 1980s. --Tom Keogh
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Jeff Goldblum is a scientist called Seth Brundle, living in a condo. But when he is working on a teleporting experiment, he accidently merges with a housefly. Geena Davis is Veronica, she has fallen in love with him, and has yet to know that he is transforming. Soon, Seth starts to get bad skin, his nails start to fall of, and he begins to get stronger, and Veronica expects something is wrong. When she finds out what's happening to him she realizes that she is going to have a baby, Seth's baby, and she thinks it will become what Seth is about to become. She tries to get the help of her ex-boyfreind (John Getz) and stop Seth for good.
This is a gory film, with a sickening ending and lots of disturbing scenes, but it can also really touch you, you can see how much pain Seth and Veronica are going through in the movie. In my opinion this is an 80s classic. Wonderful performances, great makeup and just a good plain horror movie.
After the experiment, Seth undergoes a gruesome change. The DNA of the fly has become mixed with his own, causing him to slowly mutate into something almost too horrible to describe. He gains all the charateristics of a fly: tremendous strength, ability to climb walls, and an insatiable craving for sugar. Seth's girlfriend (Geena Davis) can only watch in horror as he becomes a hideous monstrosity.
Not only is this film nauseating and graphic, there is a sense of tragedy too. If Seth's excitement had not got the better of him, he should have thought of giving his machine a fail-safe mechanism, so that the machine would not work if more than one creature was in the booth. You wonder how long the creature Seth became would have lived for. Flies only live for a few days, so maybe this creature would have had a short lifespan, which would make its misery mercifully brief.
I think some of the effects were unnecessarily over the top, but it's a clever story. It's a good idea not to be eating while you watch this film.
Jeff Goldblum is in the role of Seth Brundle, a scientist who does his experimentations with these two tripods. The process is to put one thing into one tripod and put something else into the other and the two objects or animals transport to the opposite tripod. One night, while doing the experiment on himself, a fly became trapped in the tripod Seth was in. The fly's DNA had mixed with Seth's causing him to become part human, part fly. Geena Davis plays Veronica "Ronnie", Seth's girlfriend. She begins to witness Seth's gruesome transformation. Then, Ronnie reveals to ex-boyrfriend, Stathis Borans (played by John Getz), that she is pregnant with Seth's child. She decides to go tell Seth, but by then, Seth is in one stage away from becoming a complete human-fly being. She goes in and has a talk with Seth, but after seeing what Seth has become, she decides not to say anything about the baby to Seth. Instead, she finishes the conversation with Seth and runs out to tell Stathis that she wants an abortion. Seth, hearing this from the roof, builds a third tripod and kidnaps Ronnie.Read more ›
But , and this is the second theme, computers are not intelligent, which means they can only solve the tasks they are proposed with the instructions they have received. Here the computer has the mission to teletransport what is in one « pod » to the second « pod », which it does. The accident is that the hero enters the first « pod » along with a fly. Never has the computer been told to differentiate the two organisms, which it does automatically since it analyzes what it has to teletransport, but it has not been told to keep the two organisms apart, so it teletransports the whole load (man + fly) as one unique load and it decides, on its own, to fuse them into one single organism and hence to integrate to DNA and all genetic elements of both organisms into one. It fuses the DNA of the fly into the DNA of the man. The point is that the fly is an insect, hence it is a lot more powerful than the man : insects have a DNA that make them able to survive in extreme conditions. So the fused being sees the DNA of the fly take over the DNA of the man. The man becomes a fly. ...
This film was made before our ability to clone living organisms but it deals with the same problem : science, when it tampers with « natural » processes, can produce monsters. What is our responsibility in front of that ?Read more ›
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I watched this over and over, a great reason to buy it. Having so few characters keeps it intimate. great script, great performances.Published 10 months ago by Pif Edwards
I bought this for my daughter for her birthday. It was on her list of have to own. A great gift. She loves the movie.Published on March 21 2014 by Karen MacKay
That's the reason I got this movie, he's my favorite actor and I'd never seen this staple of his. Just further cements him as the wealthy man's Nic Cage, his acting chops are... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2013 by Jesse
i thought this movie was quite well done,very atmospheric and
creepy.Jeff Goldblum plays,Seth Brundle,A quiet,introverted scientist
who spends most of his time alone... Read more
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