FoofDeckman’s review published on Letterboxd:
I didn't know what to expect from this. I'm very familiar with David Cronenberg, but I wasn't aware that his son was also a filmmaker. This was on my watchlist purely because of the Cronenberg name and that it was a 2020 movie. David Cronenberg hasn't made a good movie in well over a decade yet his son was able to capture the same sort of essence while also being able to separate himself. I was not expecting this movie to be one of the best things I've seen this year, especially with the mixed user score and how I haven't really heard anymore really talk about this movie.
The cinematography and practical effects were pretty great. All of the violence and gore I felt was really well done. It was really great to see practical effects in a modern movie like this and it worked really well for the majority of the movie. Occasionally there will be one or two scenes that felt more experimental that don't look great, but over all that was one of the highlights. There's lots of good framing with shots to convey how certain characters are feeling. When the camera moves around it always feels purposeful and has more behind it.
The performances were pretty great in this movie, I can't say I really felt for any of the characters in the movie, which was done by design. I really liked Andrea Riseborough and Christopher Abbott as the leads in the movie. The last 20 minutes or so were fantastic and both of these actors were really able to shine with their performances.
Besides what I've mentioned the rest of complaints are pretty much scene based nitpicks that aren't entirely in the movie that often. There's lots of vaping that I found to be a weird choice, I guess it was a stylistic thing? But every once and while there will be a character in conversation and you'll just hear the really loud sound of it. There's another scene where a character is inside a VR headset and it's clearly just animated. As someone who owns VR I can't imagine that it would be that difficult to actually track real movements. Yet again, I know these are nitpicks but they were just small things that kind of bothered me.
Overall this movie was pretty great. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I was going to and everyone should check this movie out. This is probably one of the most underrated movies of the year and more people should give this a chance. Check this one out.