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Crimes of the Future (2022)

Directed by:
David Cronenberg
Canada/France/United Kingdom/Greece


Crimes of the Future

107 minutes

Produced by:
Panos Papahadzis
Steve Solomos
Robert Lantos
Written by:
David Cronenberg

Cast includes:

Saul Tenser Viggo Mortensen
Caprice Léa Seydoux ½
Timlin Kristin Stewart

Lang Dotrice

Scott Speedman
Wippet Don McKellar
Berst Tanaya Beatty -
Dani Router Nadia Litz -



The past meets the future in archetypal Cronenbergian fashion as the Canadian auteur makes his career-long obsession with mutilations and body horror into an art form – explicitly. In a future, desolate world where human evolution has accelerated with new organs having started to form in a chosen few, Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux play a couple who have made these irregularities – and the surgical removal of them – into a lifestyle and a performance art. The cutting into and extraction of these new organs has replaced traditional sex as their form of intimacy. And their shows are attracting an array of both official and shady characters.

Crimes of the Future in many ways encapsulates everything Cronenberg's filmmaking career has been about – at least the part of his filmography he has also written himself. It's like he has put all of his fascinations into one big bucket and stirred it together with some newfound but in essence quite outdated musings about the future of science and humanity. The world he creates here is non-national, offline and mechanical, as if the 21st century never happened. As such, Crimes of the Future is a fairly direct thematic continuation of eXistenZ, which it has a lot more in common with than any of the movies Cronenberg made in between these two. But whereas the 1999 film felt in touch with the current state of affairs, Crimes of the Future feels oddly disconnected. It is spatially and thematically restricting. And although Cronenberg wraps it all up with skill and a sense of elegance and integrity, the film cannot escape the inherent air of artificiality which runs through it. Viggo Mortensen is fine and creative as the ailing host of most of the new organs depicted.

Copyright © 15.06.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang