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Bug gets under your skin, but in a good way

8 Jan


Director William Friedkin and writer Tracy Letts first collaboration together is a film called Bug. It may be one of the most insane films I have ever seen.

Agnes (Ashley Judd) is a waitress living in fear of her abusive ex-husband Jerry (Harry Connick Jr.). Her girlfriend introduces her to Peter (Michael Shannon), a strange drifter who provides her with the comfort she needs, but Peter has microscopic bugs living underneath his skin. It is even creepier than it sounds.

The majority of the film takes place in a hotel room, which contributes to the characters’ anxiety and heightens the sense of claustrophobia. Friedkin and Letts create an environment that no one can escape. The isolation created in the minds of the characters is apparent and the film’s unsettling climax will leave you itching your skin and running for the shower. Judd and Shannon are unbelievable together and their performance will get under your skin, but in a good way.


Adam’s Grade: B

Chuck’s Grade: N/A