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5.0 out of 5 stars
Cronenberg's Most Elegant And Understated Film Yet., 19 July 2003
David Cronenberg's film of Patrick McGrath's novel "Spider" is easily his most assured and mature work to date. It's indeed quite a suprise to witness such a masterly paced and subtle movie from the director of "Scanners" and "Crash".
The film unfolds at a pace that many people may find "slow", however, every scene and action carries a subjective power and
ambiguity that is startling in it's bold rejection of all the usual Hollywood "attributes".
The performance of Ralph Fiennes is nothing short of miraculous.
He creates a sweating, grubby and virtually mute character of immense power. We can identify with this characters sense of dislocation with the world, regardless of his past "crime" and present shambolic state.
Miranda Richardson gives yet another astonishing performance in multiple roles and Gabriel Byrne is at his most restrained and
The colour cinematography and production design are exquisitely realised, with a beautifully limited colour palette and claustrophobic rendering of Spider's real and imagined world.
This DVD is a must for anyone really interested in movies and
i can't recommend this antidote to the usual Hollywood dross enough!