Bug is not a traditional thriller. This movie packs a big bite. Read on:
Exorcist director William Friedkin has made his most powerful (and divisive) film in years with Bug, an adaptation of the stage play by Tracy Letts. Ashley Judd stars as Agnes White, a lonely, substance-abusing waitress living in a roadside motel in the middle of nowhere.
She’s broke and dreading the return of her ex-husband Jerry Goss (Harry Connick Jr.), a recently released convict who is looking to reconnect with her. A series of phone calls where the caller says nothing initially peeves Alice because she thinks it’s Jerry, but when they persist after he returns she realizes that something else is going on.
Agnes’ friend and co-worker R.C. (Lynn Collins) introduces her to Peter Evans (Michael Shannon) — a meek, eccentric drifter she’s befriended. Agnes and Peter soon begin a romance, but then Jerry finally arrives on the scene and begins bullying them. Once Jerry leaves with a chilling promise to return, Agnes and Peter find themselves growing closer. Then Peter finds a bug in their bed — an almost microscopic breed of insect — a discovery that triggers a wave of unnerving revelations and repercussions.
Agnes’ newfound hope with Peter is tested when “the bugs” begin to spread and they discover they are infested. They wake up covered in scratches and begin resorting to increasingly drastic and bizarre methods to deal with the bugs. Peter finally tells Agnes about his past and the people who are after him; that’s the point when Bug asks us to question whether the threats perceived by Agnes and Peter are real or not.
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In Theatres: June 1, 2007