Versatile drector David Cronenberg returns to his body horror roots after two decades with Crimes of the Future alongside longtime collaborator Viggo Mortensen. Crimes of the Future is certainly a gross movie filled with discomfort and bizarre sexual analogies. However, outside the shock value the film lacks an interesting core to keep one’s mind from drifting away.

It’s a future where pain tolerance and infection rates are null and void, allowing protagonist Saul (Viggo Mortensen) to make surgery a public performance as his assistant and lover (Lea Seydoux) removes the vestigial organs his body produces.

Kirsten Stewart’s antsy, horny character states that “surgery is the new sex,” and you’ll get plenty of parallels as we watch person after person get all squirmy while being cut open. The problem with the film is that there isn’t anything beyond the shock value, there’s no substance here.

The commentary about body experimentation as a form of sensuality feels trite and more an opening for weird moments, like when Saul gets a zipper installed across his pelvis.

The movie begins, literally, with a child being suffocated by his mother, so that sets the tone for Cronenberg’s edgy experimental film. Crimes of the Future is essentially a one trick pony with zero accessibility to a wider audience, leaving one to wonder what the distributor saw in this misfire of a project.

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Byron is the Awards Editor and Founder of Awards Focus, in addition to being a National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award winning journalist for his work at The Hollywood Reporter.

Working as a journalist and moderator, Byron hosts Emmy and Oscar panels for the major studios, featuring their Below The Line and Above The Line nominees (in partnership with their respective guilds).

Moderating highlights include Ingle Dodd's Behind the Slate Screening Series for Emmy and Oscar nominees, The ArcLight's Hitting the High Note Oscar series, The Hollywood Music and Media Academy FYC Series, and Emmy & Oscar panels for Society of Lyricists and Composers.

Byron's panels range from FX's Fargo to Netflix's The Crown, The Queen's Gambit, & Bridgerton; HBO Max's The Flight Attendant, Hacks, Succession, Insecure, Lovecraft Country & The White Lotus; and the Apple TV + hit series Ted Lasso.

In February of 2020, Byron hosted and organized the Aiding Australia Initiative; launched to assist in the restoration and rehabilitation of Australia's wildlife (an estimated 3 billion animals killed or maimed and a landmass the size of Syria decimated).

Participating talent for Aiding Australia includes Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Jeremy Renner, Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Josh Brolin, Bryan Cranston, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, JK Simmons, Tobey Maguire, Alfred Molina, James Franco, Danny Elfman, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Tim Allen, Colin Hay, Drew Struzan, and Michael Rosenbaum.

Byron is also a patent holding inventor, screenwriter, and songwriter (X-Men Apocalypse) in addition to being a proud member of The Society of Lyricists & Composers and BMI.

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