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After surviving a brutal car wreck, commercial director James Ballard finds himself slowly drawn to a mysterious subculture of people who have transformed automobile accidents into erotic events. Like the J.G. Ballard novel that inspired it, David Cronenberg's study of the sexual dimension of man's relationship to technology was a magnet for controversy, drawing a NC-17 rating and criticism from several sources, including studio owner Ted Turner, who attempted to prevent the film's American release. But though some have ...

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BobCumbow

Aug 20, 2009

Unnerving

Both erotically alluring and repellent, this is one of Cronenberg's most unnerving films. Off-putting at first, it grows on you through repeat viewings, and provides an important key to some of the continuing themes and images that haunt this essential director's body of work. And a knockout performance from Elias Koteas!

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