BIGBUG (2022) Reviews of satirical sci-fi Netflix

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BigBug is 2022 satirical science fiction film in which bickering suburbanites locked in together due to an android uprising. Also listed as Big Bug

Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Micmacs; Amélie; Alien: Resurrection; The City of Lost Children; Delicatessen) from a screenplay co-written with Guillaume Laurant.

The French Eskwad-Gaumont production stars Dominique Pinon, Elsa Zylberstein, Isabelle Nanty, Stéphane De Groodt, Claude Perron, Youssef Hajdi, Claire Chust, François Levantal, Alban Lenoir, André Dussollier, Marysole Fertard and Hélie Thonnat.


“The tone stays light even as the incoming tide of robo-fascism worsens to book-burning, but the bleak details of dystopia are always rapping at the door. Whether it’s the scenery or the cybernetic characters, Jeunet takes far more interest in things than the people he leaves as thin archetypal sketches. Lest this be mistaken for coldness, he locates the film’s soul in those searching for one…” The Guardian

“Jeunet’s view of his characters, and the world in general, is dim indeed, which makes it hard to rally to anyone’s side once the machines take over. There’s thus little suspense in Big Bug, which drags on for nearly two hours, and the overzealous use of CGI feels slightly toxic, not to mention a tad hypocritical…” The Hollywood Reporter

“A candy-colored, sociopolitical cartoon featuring all-too-believable grotesqueries — like a reality-TV show in which Yonyx hosts treat humans like animals — Bigbug is at once relentlessly busy and oddly static […] Despite some snappy ideas (an aggressive advertising drone pushing products as answers to the family’s every problem), Bigbug is overdressed, overlong and diminishingly amusing.” The New York Times

” …a tougher, smarter film than American sci-fi cinema buffs are used to seeing. Its tone is tricky and easy to misread. The humans in this film are angry and despairing not just because their freedom has been suddenly rescinded, but because they have figured out, too late, that they were living in a society in which freedom could be suddenly rescinded.”

“There were some genuinely funny moments, but a lot of the humour verged heavily towards the cringeworthy […] I liked the campy, low budget looking aesthetic to the whole production though […] It isn’t good, it isn’t well-acted, and it comes off like a terrible 60 B-movie.” Trailer Trashed


Big Bug will be available for streaming on Netflix on February 11th, 2022.

Technical details:

1 hour 51 minutes
Audio: Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital
Aspect ratio: 2:1

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