Shrouded in a fog of madness, creepy-crawly mental patient Spider (Ralph Fiennes) tries to unravel the tangle of events that led to his father murdering his mother (Miranda Richardson) when he was a wan, wide-eyed child. At the end of Spider, the rug is pulled out and the neat tricks – intellectual, thematic, dramatic, and otherwise – are revealed. Though still one of our most interesting directors, David Cronenberg remains mired in the lovingly photographed grotesque; one gets the feeling that his films would be best exhibited under a circus tent. EXTRAS Slight. A Cronenberg commentary, three mildly revealing making-of featurettes, and the ubiquitous – and always annoying – ”bonus trailers.”
Genre: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Phillip Craig, Bradley Hall, John Neville, Lynn Redgrave; Director: David Cronenberg; Author: Patrick McGrath; Runtime (in minutes): 98; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Posted August 8 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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