Written by Mr. Mouseburger 17th Mar 2009
Written by Pyro
One of the greatest science-fiction movies of the 80s ends with one of the greatest climactic scenes of its time. In this remake of the 50s classic, Jeff Goldblum delivers one of his greatest performances ever in the role of an ambitious scientist who has been working on inventing a machine that will make instantanious teleportation possible and the motion sickness he experiences from regular commuting travel a thing of the past.
Thinking he has worked all the bugs in his invention, Seth Brundle tests the machine on himself, only unknown to him is that there is one more literal bug in his machine that has entered the telepod with him when it activated; a common housefly.
Due to this, the telepod causes a molecular fusion that causes Brundle to slowly mutate into an increasingly hideous creature that is a mix of man and insect, and comes upon a potential cure that requires a "pure" human to be brought through an adjacent telepod. His choice is Veronica Quaife, a young journalist he has had a sexual affair with shortly before his horrific mutation that impregnated her. Believing now that by fusing himself with her and their unborn child he can become human again and, by his now deranged logic caused by the depletion of his sanity brought on by his mutation, be joined with her as an "ultimate family".
When Veronica's ex-lover Stathis Borans sees the mutated Brundle kidnap Veronica from the hospital where she'd attempted to abort her unborn child out of fear it will end up less then human, he enters Brundle's lab to save her, but is attacked by the mutant Brundle, who incapacitates him by dissolving his left arm and right foot with digestive enzyme. Before Brundle could finish him off, however, Veronica calls down to him from the roof to not hurt him. Brundle seems to comply, and brings her into the lab, and begs her to help him. After explaining his plans to Veronica, he attempts to force her into the telepod, but she resists, and in the process accidentally pulls off Brundle's jaw!
This action seems to prompt Brundle's mutation much further as he immediately begins to grow in size, and his deformed, rotting skin and features peel and fall off him, his body and face quickly contort and mutate into something far, far less human; a hideous, 7-foot-tall insect creature.
The monstrosity that was once Seth Brundle flings Veronica into the telepod and shuts the door on her, then enters the other pod. Around this time, though, Borans gets enough strength to pull the shotgun towards himself and picks it up with his remaining hand, shooting the power cable on the telepod Veronica's in and shutting it down. Not wanting its plans interfered with, the fly creature bursts from its telepod but it activates before it can leave, dissolving it and chunks of the broken machine and teleporting them away.
The monster gone, Borans crawls over to the telepod Veronica is trapped in and frees her, just in time for the third telepod, the one which would merge Veronica and Brundle, to reform the creature; but due to the pieces of broken machinery having been teleported as well, the fly creature has been left mortally wounded and further distorted, with chunks of metal embedded in its torn body. Veronica picks up the shotgun and approaches the creature, which then, in arguably one of the most emotionally crushing moments in any film of its time, picks up the barrel and holds it to its head, silently asking her to put it out of its misery.
Veronica, who still loves Brundle, cannot bring herself to murder the man she loves upon realizing he is not completely gone. The creature looks up at her again, as if pleading with her now to end its life, and in one final cry of emotional trauma that is sure to remain with her long after these events, Veronica mercifully shoots the creature in the head, blowing it to pieces and ending the former scientist's life.