David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers (1988)

DailyView: Day 365, Movie 522

The third movie of the final day of the DailyView is found on Cinemax on Amazon Prime and it is a psychological horror/thriller film from David Cronenberg entitled Dead Ringers. It featured a creepy dual role performance from Jeremy Irons, which is definitely the standout aspect of this film.

According to IMDB: “The Mantle brothers are both doctors – both gynecologists – and identical twins. Mentally however, one of them is more confident than the other, and always manages to seduce the women he meets. When he’s tired of his current partner, she is passed on to the other brother – without her knowing. Everything runs smoothly, until an actress visits their clinic, and the shy brother is the first to fall in love. Will they be able to ‘share’ her ?

There are some distinctly disturbing concepts going on in Dead Ringers, with a close look at the relationships between twins and how they are connected. Jeremy Irons does a fantastic job of creating two clearly different characters while maintaining a “sameness” that led to plenty of confusion, even for the audience at times, of which twin was which.

Much of the film leaned toward the disturbing and parts of it dragged on for my tastes, but there is no denying the level of performance given by Jeremy Irons. I also appreciated the dark ending for the twins.

I would most likely never watch Dead Ringers again, but it was worth the watch, if only for the oddness of Jeremy Irons’ work.

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