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At a scientists only cocktail party, scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff
Goldblum) meets reporter Veronica (Geena Davis), and to get into her
panties, he convinces her he has developed a teleportation device - which
is true, actually. But the thing doesn't work properly, as for some weird
exclusively-to-the-80's-computer reason, it doesn't work on life tissue.
But the interest Veronica shows in him really drives Brundle to new
heights, so he programs his computer to "be creative" (? ...
yeah, I know) - and eventually, he tests the teleporter on himself ... and
gets really good at everything in the process, especially arm-wrestling.
But somehow the computer has merged him with a fly for no apparent reason,
and eventually, Brundle becomes more and more (and more and more, there
really isn't much story beyond that) like a fly. This freaks Veronica out,
and understandably so, especially since she's pregnant with his kid (The
Fly 2 of course). She wants to abort, but Brundle figures if his
fly-self merges with Veronica and unborn ... it will be - I don't know,
really good for family bonding I suppose (yeah, I know how that sounds).
Ultimately, this doesn't work out though and Brundle gets Veronica to
John Getz plays Veronica's ex, who pops up in the story
The Fly is probably David Cronenberg's
most popular horror movie - and, let's be honest, not one of his better
films. Basically, the movie is an ill-conceived and special
effects-burdened mainstream Hollywood-update of a horror classic (The
Fly) with some of Cronenberg's favourite topics ("new
flesh") heaped upon it ... and let's face it, the whole thing doesn't
work properly: The story is feeble and predictable and lacks the macabre
subtext of the original, it totally ditches all tension and suspense in
favour of telling a (much-dreaded) origins-story, then-Hollywood dream
couple Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis just seem too slick to properly work
in the lead roles, and let's face it, most of the dialogue in this movie
is cringe-worthy. And in retrospect, the modified, updated story as such
seems much more outdated than even the naive 1950's original.
might make this film sound like a total trainwreck here, which it isn't,
Cronenberg is just too talented a filmmaker for this - it's just not a
good movie either, and it's actually sad to see that David Cronenberg's
otherwise incredibly rich horror oeuvre is time and again associated with
exclusively this film.