Review of “Boundless Pool”: Immerse Yourself in This Dirty World of Death and Debauchery

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At a time when it is pleasant and fashionable to expose the horrors of the mega—rich — see “White Lotus”, “Heritage”, “Menu” – the master of body horror Brandon Cronenberg (Owner) took a step forward than his competitors. His new film “Infinity Pool,” which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival, is a riot of sex, murder and intoxication, presented with appropriate acoustic and sonic ferocity.

The famous writer James Foster (Alexander Skarsgard) enjoys a luxurious vacation in the fictional country of Lee Tolka (actually filmed in Croatia) with his wife Em (Cleopatra Coleman from “Dopesik”). He is approached by a flirtatious fan Gabi (Mia Goth), who invites the couple to dinner with her husband Alban. After dinner and after a trip to a secluded beach, Gaby treats James to an off-the-menu beach dessert that none of their partners would approve of. Later, as they drive home, James accidentally knocks over a farmer. The next morning, he is arrested and then charged by the local police. That’s where it gets weird. To avoid the death penalty, he can pay to see his clone executed by the farmer’s son instead. He does that.

The child’s repeated stabbing of the clone turns into a moment of terrifying realization for James. This causes him to engage in wild excesses with Gaby and her frustrated henchmen, including robberies and murders. There are no risks. They know that if they get caught, they can just make more clones to avoid punishment. Eventually, we begin to wonder if the doppelgangers are really being killed, and not the originals themselves. The cloning procedure is deliberately vague, portrayed with a mind-searing explosion of psychedelic colors, pulsating sounds and nudity.

Anyone who is familiar with Cronenberg’s work is probably already aware, but it is clear that his third film is not for the squeamish. If you’re likely to be upset by a close-up cumshot, a slit throat, or masked lunatics brutally murdering people, stay away. If not, then relax and enjoy another terrifying performance by the newly minted scream queen Mia Goth, the star of modern classics X and Pearl. This time she is colder than the killer, starting from Skarsgard’s finer work. It remains to be seen how long this tendency to ridicule the excessively rich will last — influential people do not like to be laughed at, and they have enough connections to decide which films to make and which not. But if the work is as strong in content and quality as Infinity Pool, it can last for a long time.

DETAILS

  • Director: Brandon Cronenberg
  • Starring: Mia Goth, Alexander Skarsgård, Cleopatra Coleman
  • Release date: January 27 (US), March 24 (UK)

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