i’m not a huge cronenberg fan, but he generally has some compelling or provocative elements in his films. walken’s performance was oddly kiltered. at times he was like a travis bickle at other times he was like a kindly james stewart character and occasionally he was as self-aware of his own humor as jerry seinfeld. i’m not sure if it was really good or something else. the story is reminiscent of phenomenon and unbreakable so i suppose they owe this film a bit. martin sheen’s character was prophetic and made the film more chilling than it might have been even during the cold war. sound was used well.