Seems like filmmaker David Cronenberg isn’t the only one in his family to enjoy twisted theater. “Infinity Pool,” the newest film from David’s son, Brandon Cronenberg, is a social commentary viewed through the warped lens of horror. [Editor’s Note: David’s daughter, Caitlin Cronenberg, has her directorial debut on the way soon.] A Cronenberg staple of storytelling. Color us intrigued. Edited down from an NC-17 rating, it sounds like it’s quite a chilling ride.
Author James (Alexander Skarsgard) is riding the wave of his first successful novel. In search of inspiration for his next book, he travels with his wife Em (Cleopatra Coleman) to an island resort. There they find members of the upper-crust. Wealthy, frivolous, and ego-massagers at their finest. Of course, a Cronenberg film wouldn’t be complete without a normal situation turning extremely strange.
But this resort has unspoken rules. Pulled along by a resort patron named Gabi (Mia Goth), James and Em find the opposite of R&R. The punishment? Certain death. However, there’s an alternative. If you’re wealthy enough, you can escape your fate by creating a duplicate to take your place for execution. Apparently an exact copy that seems to possess all thoughts and feelings of its original. Obviously, this is where things will get creepy.
Apparent in the trailer, these patrons appear to engage in hedonistic violence so that they may pay to watch their duplicates be slaughtered. Undoubtedly, one of the social comments will be the super-wealthy’s ability to buy their way out of trouble. There are likely to be deeper meanings as well. Regardless, we’ll be very excited to take this one in.
“Infinity Pool” will premiere during the Sundance Film Festival. It’ll hit theaters January 27th, 2023.