Saturday, August 4, 2012


The 2006 movie “Bug” is a film based on a play of the same name.  Directed by William Friedkin of “The Exorcist,” we get a movie that is well acted and incredibly psychological.  The movie takes a lot of creative chances and considering the limited use of sets it works well.   The acting is also some of the boldest we’ve seen from Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon. 

Agnes, played by Ashley Judd, is a waitress that has a lot of emotional turmoil.  She meets up with Peter, played by Michael Shannon, and an emotional connection eventually develops.  In the night, Michael sees bite marks on his skin and convinces Agnes that she is infested with some sort of blood-sucking aphid.  Are these bugs really plaguing Agnes and Peter or is it a part of their imaginations?

The story is really well done.  It is psychological and relies a lot on the developed character to carry the thrills as opposed to gore or jump scares.  I was not a big fan of Harry Connick Jr., but he plays his part as an abusive ex-con well. It’s fun to see him play something different then his standard fair of romantic lead.  On that same note, Ashley Judd is amazing in this movie.  She is vulnerable, terrified, and her infatuation with Peter shows a level of raw paranoia.

“Bug” is a really great movie. It’s possibly one of Ashley Judd’s best films.  I recommend it for anyone looking for a thriller with a bit more substance.  It is a slow movie at the start but once the action gets going it gets disturbing fast.  If you get a chance to see this movie check it out. You won’t be disappointed.  

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