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   This movie has an online cover Fly 1, The (1986)
Directed By: David Cronenberg

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If any snotty film critic tells you that all remakes are shit, i am pretty sure The Fly figures in your list of films to disprove it. Like John Carpenter’s The Thing, this remake outdid the original in pretty much every way possible. The Fly manages to be 100% Cronenberg: he took the core idea of the original film and transformed it to fit his unique universe. Often accused of being too clinical in his treatments, Cronenberg here builds up an emotional powerhouse. I am almost 50 and i am not shy to admit that i still shed a tear during the grand finale when i watched the film again tonight. If you pay attention, you cannot avoid a surge of emotions during the last 5 minutes of the film, when Goldblum, heretofore a gentle thoughtful genius, loses his last ounce of humanity, only to recover a milligram of it in his last moments. Anchored by powerful performances by Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum (probably his career defining role), this movie excels at building the deep romantic connection between the two characters, only to tragically shatter it in the most gruesome way. Yes, there are some great creature effects, and the gore is top-notch, but the films excels in so many other dimensions to make it truly one of the greatest horror films ever made.


- Laurent Hasson