Crimes of the Future (2022)

Crimes of the Future is a 2022 internationally co-produced body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. The film has the same title as a 1970 film by Cronenberg but it is not a remake of that film. The film premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, where it is in competition for the Palme d’Or and received a six-minute standing ovation. It marks Cronenberg’s return to the body-conscious science fiction and horror genres for the first time since eXistenZ (1999) and The Fly (1986).

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Cast of Crimes of the Future (2022)

Director: David Cronenberg

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Scott Speedman, Welket Bungué, Don McKellar, Lihi Kornowski, Tanaya Beatty, Nadia Litz, Yorgos Karamihos, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Denise Capezza, Ephie Kantza, Jason Bitter

  • Viggo Mortensen as Saul Tenser, a man who grows new organs inside of his body as part of “Accelerated Evolution Syndrome”.
  • Léa Seydoux as Caprice, Tenser’s partner who can observe and tattoo his organs in his personal operating theatre.
  • Kristen Stewart as Timlin, an investigator with the National Organ Registry who takes a particular interest in Tenser.
  • Don McKellar as Wippet, an investigator with the National Organ Registry.
  • Scott Speedman as Lang Dotrice
  • Welket Bungué as Detective Cope
  • Lihi Kornowski as Djuna Dotrice
  • Yorgos Karamihos as Brent Boss
  • Yorgos Pirpassopoulos as Dr. Nasatir
  • Nadia Litz as Dani Router
  • Tanaya Beatty as Berst
  • Denise Capezza as Odile
  • Sozos Sotiris as Brecken Dotrice
  • Ephie Kantza as Adrienne Berseau
  • Tassos Karahalios as Klinek
  • Jason Bitter as Tarr
  • Penelope Tsilika as Spa Woman


Critic reviews for Crimes of the Future (2022)

On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 72 out of 100, based on 13 reviews, signifying “generally favorable reviews”. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a score of 90%, based on 20 reviews with an average rating of 6.5/10.

As a writer-director, Cronenberg continues to plumb his obsessions, both narrative and visual, and he brings enough energy and bravado to the mix to make this an oft-told story that he’s recounting as though for the first time Full Review

Alonso Duralde- TheWrap

Pure, essential Cronenberg, Crimes Of The Future comes across as a manifesto of the Canadian director’s lingering preoccupations, the works for which he is justifiably most celebrated. Full Review

Fionnuala Halligan – Screen International

Crimes is classic Cronenberg: a sci-fi fable about evolution, complete with fleshy incisions. Full Review

Esther Zuckerman – Thrillist

It’s a body-horror movie that keeps growing new “ideas.” Like most of Cronenberg’s films, it works from the head down. Full Review

Owen Gleiberman – Variety

It’s marvelous to have Cronenberg back and to behold his undimmed, unparalleled skill at welding the formulations of horror and science fiction to the cinema of ideas. Full Review

Justin Chang – Los Angeles Times

The film offers up more mysteries than it solves. Still, riveting work from Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux as performance artists whose canvas is internal organ mutations will draw the curious to this Neon release. Full Review

David Rooney – Hollywood Reporter

It’s an extraordinary planet that Cronenberg lands us down on, and insists we remove our helmets before we’re quite sure we can breathe the air. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Peter Bradshaw – Guardian

It is immediately one of the great mysteries of cinema that a film featuring mutant ballet dancers, open-air surgery and eroticised wound-licking could be punishingly dull, but the veteran director David Cronenberg has managed it. Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Kevin Maher – Times (UK)

Seydoux gives the film’s best performance: even wrenching moments are played at a glassy remove. But unlike Cronenberg’s Crash, which shook Cannes to the core in 1996, there’s no shock of the new in Crimes of the Future. Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Robbie Collin – Daily Telegraph (UK)

There’s not much to grab onto logic-wise, because so little is revealed. That leaves Cronenberg’s gifted cast to pile intrigue and emotion on a mostly blank page. Full Review | Original Score: C+

Leah Greenblatt – Entertainment Weekly

There’s a famous quote about writing — “just open up a vein and bleed” — but Crimes Of The Future takes this way beyond literally. It’s a little unclear, though, if it has anything more substantial to say than that. Full Review | Original Score: B-

Jordan Hoffman – AV Club

What could have been a grossly and even off-puttingly gruesome display of torturous experiments and corporal corruption has been treated with an unexpectedly light and even playful hand. Full Review

Todd McCarthy – Deadline Hollywood Daily

This sly but surprisingly warm gesture (from an artist in an aging body of his own) uses its premise to question the authorship of the human body, tap into the fear of losing it, and reach towards the seductive embrace of what comes next. Full Review | Original Score: B+

David Ehrlich – indieWire

As one might expect, the body horror is exceptionally well crafted, but character coldness and limited context lessen the emotional impact of the themes and ideas David Cronenberg is exploring. Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Perri Nemiroff – Perri Nemiroff (YouTube)

That the people in Crimes of the Future are very much people… gives the film a crucial grounding. With these sturdy anchors in place, Cronenberg can stretch his film toward the various gonzo directions of his singular interest. Full Review

Richard Lawson – Vanity Fair

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