Seth Brundle is a scientist working on teleportation. After successfully transporting objects and animals, he decides it's time to test it with people. He transports himself but a fly was transported with him and their DNA have merged. His transformation to fly is slow and distusbing,
I thought The Fly (1986) was very good. I'm a Jeff Goldblum fan and he did great here. The story is simple, a little rushed I thought at the end, but effective. The Jeff Goldblum (Seth Brundle) and Davis Veronica Quaife) characters added great emotion and feeling to the movie.
Geena Davis as Veronica Quaife, Seth's reporter turned girlfriend, did a great job and I truly felt she loved his character and it was sad at the end.
I did not like John Getz's role as Stathis Borans, Veronica's ex and current boss. What was the point of his being so annoying and rude until the end when he turned all heroic? He'd be better as a nice guy throughout.
Goldblum was the true star because his character had to go through all of the transformations and I felt sorry for him. He did great conveying all of the emotional changes as he became a fly. I loved how his metamorphosis occurred slowly, in stages. The SFX were done great, even by today's standards. And the perfect cliffhanger ending.
I thought this one of David Cronenberg's better works, as I'm not much of a fan of some of his work. I disliked EXistenZ.
I do have a problem with one detail though (not specific to this movie but the original story). Why didn't the scientist foresee the possibility that two entities could get into the telepods? Scientists are supposed to work within sanitized environments so as to provide an unprejudiced hypothesis. It just seems odd that he'd allow the chance that a thing like a fly could get in with an open-air setup. Why wasn't an airtight door used on the telepods, like the ones used in virus hot zones or at the CDC? Yes, I know, then there wouldn't be a movie! But they could've done the seal and have a tiny imperfection for the fly to get in. It could be accidental or caused by Bartok (the financier of Brundle's pods) himself. Make it, at least, a little bit more plausible.
This is a great, must-see movie for horror and scf-fi fans alike. It is kind of like Frankenstein by accident I thought, even more so in the sequel. I like it slightly better than The Fly (1958) version.