Brandon Cronenberg is one of the most exciting horror directors working today. The son of the legendary David Cronenberg, he’s already proven himself worthy of his father’s legacy. While I’ve never seen his debut feature Antiviral, I’ve heard good things about it, and his sophomore effort, Possessor, was one of the best films of 2020. So naturally, when I heard that a trailer was out for his upcoming movie Infinity Pool, I couldn’t wait to check it out. Here’s what the film is going to be about:
While staying at an isolated island resort, James (Alexander Skarsgård) and Em (Cleopatra Coleman) are enjoying a perfect vacation of pristine beaches, exceptional staff, and soaking up the sun. But guided by the seductive and mysterious Gabi (Mia Goth), they venture outside the resort grounds and find themselves in a culture filled with violence, hedonism, and untold horror. A tragic accident leaves them facing a zero tolerance policy for crime: either you’ll be executed, or, if you’re rich enough to afford it, you can watch yourself die instead.
I have to be honest, that plot synopsis confuses me a bit. I get what it’s saying, but it doesn’t seem to match the trailer 100%. See, this synopsis implies that Infinity Pool is primarily about James and Em’s struggle to evade their death sentences, but the trailer makes it look like that’s just the beginning of the movie’s horrors.
So I’m not really sure what this film is about, but truth be told, that doesn’t bother me in the slightest. After Possessor, I trust Brandon Cronenberg enough that I don’t need to be totally clear on the plot before buying my ticket. I’ll watch just about anything he does, and if this trailer is any indication, Infinity Pool is not going to disappoint.
The trailer features a whole bunch of bizarrely cool horror imagery, and it uses those visuals to hint at an absolutely deranged story. In short, this looks like the perfect follow up to Possessor, so I can’t wait to see it.
Infinity Pool hits theaters on January 27.