RUNNING TIME: 96 MINUTES. RATED R FOR STRONG LANGUAGE, VIOLENCE, GORE, BRIEF NUDITY.
Cronenberg’s biggest box-office hit stars Jeff Goldblum as a scientist tinkering with teleportation and Geena Davis as the reporter who falls in love with him. Winner of the Oscar for Best Makeup, the movie remains an astonishingly visceral experience, with Goldblum’s gradual deterioration into a man-insect hybrid as gruesome and heartbreaking today as it was 16 years ago.
As is typical for Cronenberg, “The Fly” also doubled as social commentary, this time on the AIDS epidemic, which had snowballed into a global crisis. But the film’s lasting power — aside from its remarkable creature effects — rests in the tragic romance between Goldblum and Davis, whose on-screen chemistry resulted in the actors getting married in 1989.
“Wildly imaginative, gut-wrenchingly scarifying and profoundly primal (not to mention funny), David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly’ is a movie that whacks you in the solar plexus and leaves you gasping.” — Carrie Rickey, The Philadelphia Inquirer