CRIMES OF THE FUTURE.

The storyline of Crimes of the Future sounds ambitious, as it delves into the not-to-distant future in which humans are learning to adapt to synthetic surroundings. This advancement moves humans beyond their natural state and into a metamorphosis, which alters their biological makeup. While some embrace the limitless potential of trans-humanism, others attempt to police it. It’s a David Cronenberg movie so you are going to either love it or loath it, I am still trying to make up my mind to be honest, as I found it both grotesque and disturbing, with so many cringing moments, but strangely attractive. This is not a movie for everyone, but everyone is different. I do not think its a film I would choose to see more than once lets put it that way.

Either way, accelerated evolution syndrome is spreading fast in this rather strange affair of a movie. In this case the filmmaker is adept at observing the close relationship between technology and the human body that this horror/philosophy film gives attention to, with the storyline making some sense some of the time. Arguably the film is easier to stomach, so to speak, than would be suspected. There’s almost acceptance of the way things have evolved which stands midway between The Fly and Crash, it is a movie that is symbolic and at times displays a glimpse of hope about how or if humanity will continue to survive. Surgery is the new Sex , in this picture, or so we are led to believe.

The musical score is by the renowned composer Howard Shore, who has worked on many of Cronenberg’s movies, Shore’s soundtrack is at times complex, but also has to it a kind of relaxed persona, with subtle motifs and thematic material, that in my opinion scores against the shocking and graphic content of the movie, and this is probably why the music works so well.

The composer utilising both symphonic and electronic instrumentation to fashion a score that may not be memorable, as its themes I have to say do not linger that long, but it’s certainly effective. Its dark, and thickly affecting and surprisingly easy to listen to away from the images, in fact its probably a better listening experience to hear it as just music. Available on digital platforms.