Movie Review: 2006 Movie Bug with Ashley Judd

by on October 26, 2009

in Entertainment, movie reviews

A Movie Review brought to you by Cinema Static on SoB:  Bug (2006);  Written by Tracy Letts (Cop Show); Directed by William Friedkin (Rules of Engagement, The Exorcist, The French Connection)

It was a Fear.Net selection of offerings on my On-Demand.  The synopsis read “A crazed war vet and a lonely waitress share a creepy motel room with a million hungry bugs.”  So I mustered up and queued it up!

Bug stars

  • Ashley Judd (Double Jeopardy, Eye of the Beholder, High Crimes, Crossing Over),
  • Harry Connick Jr. (Independence Day, Mickey) and
  • Michael Shannon (8 Mile, Revolutionary Road, Jonah Hex).

The Short Take: This is a gem of a tale written by the relatively inexperienced writer Tracy Letts.  When you combine this kind of writing with the directorial experience of William Friedkin, you get a decent film experience.  Toss in one of my favorite actresses, Ashley Judd, Shannon and Connick Jr. and you have a great mixer of a film.

It’s a slow but detailed story line that keeps the curiosity alive.

Ashley Judd  & Michael Shannon  combine talents to create a great character piece.  It’s a strange compulsive environment that drew me in.  Adding Harry Connick Jr.  to the mix just added to the desperate environment the characters find themselves in.

Agnes (Ashley Judd) is a waitress barely getting by, living in a run down motel in Oklahoma. A desperate and impressionable woman.

Goss (Harry Connick Jr.) is her ex-husband who exists by virtue of dolling out abuse.  And he just got out of prison.

Peter (Michael Shannon) is an intelligent looking drifter / Vet who comes into Agnes’s life, and brings some rather subtle and drastic change to her daily routine.

Do I know something I don’t know I know?” is something Agnes says 2/3’s into the movie and sums it all up really.

The movie is heavily character driven that is a psychological mind tweak.  I normally need action interspersed in a movie to keep me focused, but Ashley Judd draws a curiosity of sorts from the viewer that just increases with the addition of Michael Shannon.

They worked well together.  When Connick Jr. shows up, it’s an oddity of a transition that will make sense a little while later.

This film, or journey we take with Agnes and Peter keeps you wondering, and yet sadly, at moments, almost makes sense.

The ending just happens.  I didn’t see it coming at all and yet it made sense how they got there so abruptly, and it does end abruptly.

The other kudo I give is that this movie takes place almost entirely within a single room and it was crafted so well that only upon reflecting on the movie, did I notice that.

In the realm of movies, Cinema Static gives Bug this a 7 out of 10.  AGAIN, if you need action in your flicks, be warned.  You may be absolutely bored to tears for the first 1/2 of the movie.

A Cinema Static warning:  If you think it might be something to see with some family members on your ON DEMAND, there are a few scenes of nudity and “love.”

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