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Old 06-24-21, 12:22 PM
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Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

Alexander Skarsgård is ready to dive headfirst into the Infinity Pool. The new sci-fi thriller comes from Brandon Cronenberg, the director behind the ultra-gory Possessor, which means it’s immediately a movie worth checking out. Neon, the distributors of Cronenberg’s previous film, are handling this one as well, along with Topic Studios. The story follows a rich couple on vacation. That’s good! But something dangerous is lurking beyond their hotel. That’s bad!

Possessor was my favorite movie of last year – a brutal, gruesome, fascinating blend of sci-fi and body horror. It was directed by Brandon Cronenberg, son of David, and while the younger Cronenberg directed before Possessor, it was Possessor that made me sit up and take notice. I will watch whatever Brandon Cronenberg does next. And what he’s doing next is Infinity Pool, a sci-fi thriller from Neon.

Neon announced today that Alexander Skarsgård would star in the film, which is set to being principal photography on September 6. In Infinity Pool, “James and Em are young, rich, in love, and on vacation. Their all-inclusive resort boasts island tours and gleaming beaches. But outside of the hotel gates waits something much more dangerous and seductive, beyond the edge of paradise.”

How mysterious! The Infinity Pool title makes me think the story has something to do with immortality – a fountain of youth-type situation, perhaps? – but that’s just speculation on my part. And for all I know, the film will remain mysterious until it’s released. I knew next to nothing about Possessor when I saw it at the Sundance Fim Festival, and it knocked me on my ass.

Neon will co-finance and executive produce Infinity Pool alongside Topic Studios. Telefilm Canada and the Croatian Film Fund will also co-finance the production. Karen Harnisch and Andrew Cividino of Film Forge, Noah Segal and Christina Piovesan of Elevation Pictures, and Rob Cotterill are producing, with Daniel Kresmery and Jonathan Halperyn co-producing for Hero Squared and Anita Juka for 4 Film. Tom Quinn, Jeff Deutchman, and Emily Thomas will serve as executive producers for NEON, Michael Bloom, Maria Zuckerman and Ryan Heller for Topic Studios, and Hengameh Panahi and Charlotte Mickie for Celluloid Dreams. Neon will release Infinity Pool in the U.S. and Elevation Pictures will release the film in Canada.

Neon has seemingly become the new home for all-things-Cronenberg. Not only are they handling Brandon Cronenberg’s Infinity Pool, but they’re also working on Crimes of the Future, the long-awaited directorial return of Brandon’s father, David Cronenberg. Crimes of the Future is going into production soon, with a cast that includes Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart.
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re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

While I still think Possessor would have been better slightly condensed (ie: Black Mirror episode length), I'm on board with anything he does moving forward.
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re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

Up next from Antiviral and Possessor director Brandon Cronenberg is the sci-fi movie Infinity Pool for NEON and Topic Studios, which boasts a cast including Mia Goth (Pearl) and Alexander Skarsgård (The Northman). This week we’ve learned that the upcoming movie has received an “NC-17” rating from the MPA, with an appeal currently underway.

For now, Infinity Pool has been rated “NC-17” for…

“Some graphic violence and sexual content.”

We’re hearing that NEON is intending on appealing to the C.A.R.A. Appeals Board, so we’ll keep you posted as we learn more. Either way, this one is very much on our radar at the moment!

The press release explained, “Alexander Skarsgård (“Big Little Lies”, Godzilla Vs. Kong, The Little Drummer Girl, The Hummingbird Project, Hold the Dark, and upcoming The Northman) will star in Brandon Cronenberg’s Infinity Pool. Skarsgård will further serve as executive producer.”

In the film, “James and Em are young, rich, in love, and on vacation. Their all-inclusive resort boasts island tours and gleaming beaches. But outside of the hotel gates waits something much more dangerous and seductive, beyond the edge of paradise.”

NEON will co-finance and executive produce the sci-fi thriller alongside Topic Studios. Telefilm Canada and the Croatian Film Fund will also co-finance the production. Karen Harnisch and Andrew Cividino of Film Forge, Noah Segal and Christina Piovesan of Elevation Pictures, and Rob Cotterill are producing, with Daniel Kresmery and Jonathan Halperyn co-producing for Hero Squared and Anita Juka for 4 Film. Tom Quinn, Jeff Deutchman, and Emily Thomas will serve as executive producers for NEON, Michael Bloom, Maria Zuckerman and Ryan Heller for Topic Studios, and Hengameh Panahi and Charlotte Mickie for Celluloid Dreams.

NEON will release Infinity Pool in the U.S. and Elevation Pictures will release the film in Canada.
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

While staying at an isolated island resort, James (Alexander Skarsgård) and Em (Cleopatra Coleman) are enjoying a perfect vacation of pristine beaches, exceptional staff, and soaking up the sun. But guided by the seductive and mysterious Gabi (Mia Goth), they venture outside the resort grounds and find themselves in a culture filled with violence, hedonism, and untold horror. A tragic accident leaves them facing a zero tolerance policy for crime: either you’ll be executed, or, if you’re rich enough to afford it, you can watch yourself die instead.
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

That summary sounds like many horror movies I've already seen.
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

Originally Posted by Noonan View Post
That summary sounds like many horror movies I've already seen.
Are you saying you think you already Saw this movie?

ETA: Ah shit, I was thinking of Hostel, not Saw. I was too focused on making the joke that I forgot it was a totally different movie.

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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

I thought the trailer looked great.

Reviews are now trickling in: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/inf...ometer-reviews
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

Yea, looks like there was fun to be had at the Sundance screening.

I’ll definitely be checking this out next week. Tickets are already on sale.
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

Can't be any more disappointing than CotF.

If I'm not too busy/tired, I might try to pull off a double feature of this and Women Talking, on Thursday.
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

A movie featuring clones from a director making weird divisive body horror films like his dad.
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

So another mother! situation? I'd be down for that. But that's also the first comment I've seen on it being completely inaccessible - though somebody did compare it to an MC Escher drawing.
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

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So another mother! situation? I'd be down for that. But that's also the first comment I've seen on it being completely inaccessible - though somebody did compare it to an MC Escher drawing.
I love a lot of the RT comments from that Tweet.
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

This is up to 88% with 68 reviews on the ol 'mater Meter
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

My review: oof.
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

On a scale of bleh/yikes to woot, where abouts is oof?
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

not sure what that means, but it's more that, at least for me, this was quite a misfire, and could have benefited from a few more attempts at improving the script. I dug some things about it, absolutely, but it was far more shallow in its biting social commentary than it seems to think it is.

I know the version in cinemas is the R cut, but even Cronenberg has said the NC-17 version doesn't add that much. I'll rewatch it for that, I guess.

That said...
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Who among us wouldn't accept a helping hand from Mia Goth out on a remote beach...


more like a 5/10 overall though.
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

This felt like a combination of Frankenheimer's Seconds and Brian Yuzna's Society.

I kinda dug it.

What kept me from loving it was that Skarsgard's character was too passive and hollow for me to become emotionally invested in the increasingly nutty storyline. It's basically scene after scene of him being tricked/manipulated into doing outrageous things, which I guess is the point of his emasculated character (an untalented, failed writer dependent on his wife's money), but it didn't make for a compelling dramatic arc. I was also expecting it to be a bit more edgier and twisted than it actually was. Despite some graphic sexual imagery and the story's outrageous premise, it feels less daring in narrative and outcome than, say, his father's Videodrome from decades earlier.

Still, there were enough stylish flourishes and quirky plot twists throughout to keep my eyes fixated to the screen and there is an interesting revelation at the end concerning Skarsgard's character, which makes things more ambiguous.

Not surprisingly, Mia Goth steals the film with her fiercely unrestrained (some might say over the top) performance and there is a wild psychedelic orgy sequence which almost gave me an epileptic seizure -- and I don't have epilepsy.
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

I really want to see this but don't know whether to go to the theater or wait for VOD. I have a gift card to the theater showing it, so it won't be any money lost on me, but I want to see a movie that's worthwhile and not just more torture porn.
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

I've got tickets to see it tomorrow - for $5 with free popcorn.

Worth the $5 just to get away from my wife and teenage son for 2 hours
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Re: Infinity Pool (2023, D: B. Cronenberg) - S: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth

Yeah. I prefer movies that have a narrative. This movie seemed to start off in a promising narrative direction but then devolved into abstract horrific/"shocking" imagery in place of anything that actually means anything. A few more passes at the second and third acts of the screenplay might have produced something interesting.

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