Crimes Of The Future (2022) – Film Review

Crimes Of The Future (2022) - Film Review

Director: David Cronenberg
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart
Certificate: 18

By Sarah Morgan

Performance art, science fiction and gut-wrenching body horror combine in David Cronenberg’s most recent directorial offering.

The Canadian auteur began his career making similarly themed films; in the 1970s, the likes of Shivers, Rabid and The Brood sealed his reputation for making audiences squirm. He didn’t let up during the 1980s either, with Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly and Dead Ringers twisting the knife even further.

Crimes Of The Future (2022) - Film Review

Cronenberg continued this vomit-inducing trend through the 1990s too, but then suddenly stopped. The 21st century saw him shift to making more cerebral thrillers that didn’t rely on special effects. I’m a huge fan of the more mainstream Eastern Promises, A History of Violence and Maps to the Stars. But, for Cronenberg, it seems that old habits die hard, so he returned to his old stomping ground for Crimes of the Future – perhaps he was inspired by his son Brandon’s acclaimed chiller Possessor, which covered similar themes as his father’s early films and proved he was a chip off the old block.


Here, Cronenberg Sr reunites with Viggo Mortensen; this is their fourth and most offbeat collaboration. The story takes place in an unspecified future time in which it’s normal for machines and computers to directly control human bodily functions. What’s more, humans have evolved so that they no longer experience pain or suffer from infectious disease.

Mortensen plays Saul Tenser, an artist working alongside his partner Caprice (Lea Seydoux). They are world-famous due to Tenser’s ability to grow new organs, which Caprice surgically removes in front of paying audiences.

crimes of the future film review

“Thought-provoking moments”

Into their world comes Timlin (Kristen Stewart), an investigator from the National Organ Registry, who becomes obsessed with Tenser. Meanwhile, a shady group plan to use his body to reveal the next stage in the evolutionary process…

Although the film shares its title with a 1970s Cronenberg movie, the two have nothing in common. This Crimes of the Future certainly stands on its own two feet while providing thought-provoking moments. I’m not sure I can truly say I enjoyed watching it, but I admire Cronenberg’s singular vision. What I will say, however, is don’t watch it while eating.

Even if the film isn’t to your taste, there should be something among the vast array of special features to peak your interest, including a ‘making of’ documentary and an interview with Cronenberg himself.

Special Features8
Additional features:
• Dual format edition including both UHD and Blu-ray with main feature and bonus features on both discs
• UHD presented in Dolby Vision HDR
• New audio commentary by Caelum Vatnsdal
• Undeniably a Love Story: an interview with director David Cronenberg
• Things Change: an interview with Viggo Mortensen
• The Chaos Inside: an interview with Léa Seydoux
• The Heat and the Grime: an interview with Kristen Stewart
• The Bureau Man: a new interview with Don McKellar
• Painkiller: a new interview with producer Robert Lantos
• The Most Wonderful Dream: a new interview with cinematographer Douglas Koch
• The Code of David: a new interview with editor Christopher Donaldson
• New Flesh, Future Crimes: The Body and David Cronenberg – a video essay by Leigh Singer
• The Making of Crimes of the Future
• Production Design Materials
• Short film: The Death of David Cronenberg
Crimes of the Future is released on Limited Edition Dual 4K /Blu-ray Box Set and Standard Editions by Second Sight

Leave a reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.