Infinity Pool Movie Review and Movie Summary (2023)

In a set-up that looks likeThe white lotus” meets body horror, “Infinity Pool” opens at an exclusive resort in a fictional country. Author James Foster (Alexander Skarsgård) looks for inspiration while his partner Em (Cleopatra Coleman) is trying to support the writer’s block that has led to no new books for six years. When a beautiful young woman named Gabi (Mia Goth, phenomenal again) approaches James and tells him she’s a fan, he’s instantly smitten. He convinces Em to go away from the resort area with Gabi and her partner Alban (Jalil Lespert), even if it is against the rules. After a night of drinking, James has an accident on the way home which leads to the death of a local man.

All four travelers are taken in by ominous authorities, led by a perfectly refined Thomas Kretschmann like Thresh. He explains to James that the country they are in has a very explicit policy: murder must be avenged by the victim’s son. But this country also has a way out, a cloning process for the extremely wealthy that will create another James to be murdered while the original looks on. It’s a great concept that comments on how the uber-rich can get away with anything, while also asking what it would do to a person to see their own murder.

What this does to James and all the other rich people at the resort is essentially remove any sort of moral compass. If it’s of no consequence, why not steal, screw and murder your way through a hedonistic lifestyle? As Em watches in horror, Gabi basically drags James into a world of unadulterated pleasure and violence, as Cronenberg seems to imply that it’s only our fear of consequences that keeps us from indulging in any possible pain and enjoyment. The travelers wear local masks that look like deformed faces, allowing even more anonymity. And then there is the ultimate question that would nag at a person – what if the clone was actually the original and you are no longer the first version of yourself? Some refer to these people as zombies and they have a similar immorality.

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