Infinity Pool (2023)

Director: Brandon Cronenberg
Writer: Brandon Cronenberg
Starring: Mia Goth, Alexander Skarsgård, Cleopatra Coleman, and more.

The Intro:
Man oh man, you all know I love when this scenario happens. I have seen ZERO trailers for “Infinity Pool.” I am sold simply on the name Brandon Cronenberg and the reputation that follows him and that has grown from the early reception of this movie which has been quite loud. Not gonna lie, I was even nervous stepping into the auditorium for my viewing of “Infinity Pool.” Let’s dig in, shall we?

IMDb Summary:
“James and Em Foster are enjoying an all-inclusive beach vacation in the fictional island of La Tolqa, when a fatal accident exposes the resort’s perverse subculture of hedonistic tourism, reckless violence and surreal horrors.”

The Oberrating:
The credits rolled and I was suddenly hit with an array of thoughts and feelings. Where do I start? Well, to begin, I guess I can say that despite going into this largely blind with only some headlines read and the notoriety behind the Cronenberg name; this was not nearly as disturbing and grotesque as I was expecting. THAT DOES NOT MEAN IT IS NOT DISTURBING AND GROTESQUE AT ALL, but it certainly was not as bad as I was prepping myself for. I was able to stomach just about all of the movie and didn’t have to turn away to the slow-burn gore that I sometimes find myself doing. Certainly not for the feint of heart but don’t let that steer yourself away because “Infinity Pool” is surely a movie to be experienced.

If there is one theme that runs strong with a Cronenberg film it is a deeply rooted message/s within a typically original story. Brandon Cronenberg’s “Infinity Pool” is wildly original and most definitely challenges its viewers to decipher said story, layered under the blood-soaked manic mayhem that is this movie.

Okay, so let’s address the elephants in the room. Those elephants? Mr. Alexander Skarsgård and Ms. Mia freaking Goth. Coming off of quite the recent resumes, Skarsgård returns fresh off the critical hit “The Northman,” and Mia Goth extends her hot streak following a hell of a year with Ti West’s “X” and “Pearl.” Skarsgård is simply a madman. I’m quite certain I said that plenty of times in my Northman writeup, but God damnit this man flips the script on multiple occasions during this movie from intense to composed to absolutely terrified within moments. Now to the queen MIA GOTH HERSELF. Listen, at this point, if you see this woman in a role, the people playing counter to her just need to run for the hills. Mia Goth ate up this movie and left nothing behind. As far as her recent roles go, the sinister-like presence just keeps increasing with every role and I just do not know how she does it.

The Wrap-Up:
As always, headlines seem to hype up a movie far more than what it actually is. With little known about “Infinity Pool” aside from headlines and a famous last name, I walked into the auditorium worried I might not be able to stomach all of its content. Then I left the auditorium with my buddy saying “Gahd damnnnn” and both of us admiring the originality behind this movie. Brandon Cronenberg follows up his previous film “Possessor” with a gory, mind-tripping, drug-induced violent blood bath and honestly, it takes over my number one spot as of the end of January 2023.

Rating: 4/5


Edited by Abby McNatt

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