infinity pool gets high praise from critics, gets a positive review score on RottenTomatoes, and often sees compliments flying around on social media. However, the commentary surrounding the film often includes its graphic nature. Brandon Cronenberg’s latest horror thrill ride yielded an NC-17 movie to be screened for press before an R-rated version of the film was due to hit theaters. As it turns out, Cronenberg didn’t change much about the movie to get an MPAA rating, making it more suitable for distribution in theaters.
“The R-rated version is the same length,” says Alexander Skarsgård, who plays struggling author James Foster infinity pooltold ComicBook.com. “There’s a few frames in the orgy scenes and in the psychedelics, like when they’re on the icky drug, those are… But again, it’s a few frames here and there. Brandon loved the, the score of those sequences so a lot of times he just didn’t want to cut it short so he went out and found other really interesting suggestive weird shots he replaced it with the NC-17 version of Infinity Pool featured extremely tight shots of body parts, violence and sex acts that were probably were part of what earned the film such a harsh rating.
As Skarsgård explained, there’s no way Cronenberg completely removed scenes. He replaced frames and moments with other shots in order to keep the film’s running time in a similar, if not the same, place and, as it were, preserve the score. “So when I talk to Brandon sometimes it’s not hard for directors when they have to cut things that they love and it’s hard. But this is like when you talk to Brandon about it now, he feels like there’s two, he loves of both versions and so it’s not like 10 fantastic minutes were cut from the NC 17 version to get the R rating in one.”
lnfinity pool follows Skarsgård’s James Foster and Mia Goth’s Gabi on a gruesome, sci-fi adventure. When Skarsgård’s character is found responsible for the death of a resident in a foreign land, the local authorities inform him that the punishment for such a crime is execution. However, those who can afford it can buy a clone of themselves to run instead. This sees James, Gabi and others down a rabbit hole out of control where they lose all fear of consequences in a visceral, violent and tense story.
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