director Larry Cohen
On the surface, Bone seems like a typical enough scenario for a Larry Cohen movie, albeit a little less crazy/radical. It’s a home invasion story, racially-tinged, as a young black man (Yaphet Kotto) confronts a rich white couple (Andrew Duggan and Joyce Van Patten) in their Beverly Hills home, threatening them and calling them out for their complacency and privilege.
Only this isn’t exactly a thriller. Rather, it’s a work of social criticism, with characters delving into analysis of the state of their lives, their own stereotypes, personal histories, hang-ups, and traumas. Self-aware and provocative more than lurid and shocking. The dialog reckons of theatricality and self-awareness. It’s a wholly more “artsy” affair than any other Cohen film I can think of.
But that is not to discredit it. Kotto, Duggan, and Van Patten are all great, as is Jeanine Berlin as an oddball shoplifter.
A strange and interesting flick.