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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Ashley Judd
Michael Shannon
Harry Connick Jr..
Directors
William Friedkin.
Screenwriters
Tracey Letts.
Running Time
102 minutes

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Bug
It'll get under your skin


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Plot
A lonely woman trying to escape her tragic past takes in an eccentric drifter. There her troubles really begin...


Review
Bug

The cinematic equivalent of itching powder, director William Friedkin’s unsettling film nicks more than a pinch of The Exorcist’s ungodly ability to get under the skin.

As Agnes, a lonely waitress living in fear of her abusive ex-husband, Ashley Judd delivers an uncharacteristically emotive performance in this adaptation of Tracey Letts’ off-Broadway play.

The bulk of the action taking place in a grimy motel room, where Agnes deals with Harry Connick Jr’s punch-happy former spouse and the repercussions of letting Michael Shannon’s troubled drifter into her life, giving an undeniably stagey feel which lends itself well to the claustrophobic proceedings. While the dialogue often raises the odd unintentional snigger, such shortcomings are alleviated by strong central performances and the director’s long experience, making him expert in wringing palpable tension from the premise.


Verdict
The dialogue raises the odd snigger and the final act is perhaps a little too barmy, but a committed cast and an experienced director make this a tense and effectively claustrophobic experience.


Reviewed by Glen Ferris

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Just saw this as it was on Filmfour at the weekend. Brilliant film I thought. A cult classic in the making complete with quotable dialogue. "I am the mother queen!" Stay for the credits if you wanna know exactly where the silent phone calls are coming from. ... More

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Posted by frankie at 00:20, 25 March 2009 | Report This Post


Really Werid.

Ugh, I hate bugs! Luckily this movie dosen't show many bugs but the talking and thought of them coming into this couple's lives is just sick. It is weird, no doubt about it and very disturbing but in a way it's good and keeps you going towards the end which I thought was stupid and short. Very short and not scary enough, the horror of it was could it be all in their mad minds? ... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 09:25, 15 March 2008 | Report This Post


j'adore Bug!

loved the sniggery dialogue, loved the barmy ending. really liked the fact i was disturbed and amused at the same time. this could be because my friend constantly rent out crap horror films and i thought this was mroe of the same but turned out to be a compelling and exciting watch. ... More

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Posted by Drusilla at 13:20, 03 March 2008 | Report This Post


Creepy in Many Ways

Great Movie. Disturbing and scary. A very good psychological thriller with some small gore elements. Judd is phenomenal as a woman who is so dependent on a man that she starts to share his psychosis. The last 10 minutes are terrifying and realistic as she begins to unravel--when the extent of her descent is revealed it is shocking. Somewhat troubling that she can't spot her new beau's major issues and paranoia but all she does is swap her ex's obsession for her new guy's. Connick is terrific an... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 22:03, 30 January 2008 | Report This Post


Why such a small release?

Really wanted to see this as Apprently its Friedkins best work in years. Time Out reckoned it was 50 times better than most films of this type out there . Oh well maybe it will gain a cult following when it gets onto DVD ... More

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Posted by filmburner30 at 12:39, 19 November 2007 | Report This Post


Why such a small release?

Really wanted to see this as Apprently its Friedkins best work in years. Time Out reckoned it was 50 times better than most films of this type out there . Oh well maybe it will gain a cult following when it gets onto DVD ... More

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Posted by filmburner30 at 12:39, 19 November 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Bug

Well, Mark Kermode seemed to love this film, which usually puts me off. Shame you can only see it on one screen in London. ... More

Posted by Charliebois at 18:13, 15 November 2007 | Report This Post


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