Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Biological communion – for a price. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body…
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Why are people so afraid to be honest? I'm a devoted fan of elder Cronenberg's career, which is why this was truly painful. This was needlessly sluggish, painfully monochromatic, framed poorly, over-acted (or at times, just plain laughable) and possessed no real vision. Thank you for the comically obvious commentary (if it can be called that) on the cult of celebrity. An overly long, tepid student film.
Celebrity obsession, Vampirism, and corrupt federal drug association mix brilliantly well in this debut film! Papa Cronenberg better watch out for Baby Cronenberg because this flick shows more promise than the senior's earlier efforts. I think what I loved so much about the movie was the lengths someone would go to fulfill their media obsession. That definitely says more about our generation than Cosmopolis did.
Well, since David isn't making freak-out body horror films anymore, someone has to, and his son does a pretty good job at it. Crisp, clinical photography by Karim Hussain, and Jones' performance is great.
Brandon Cronenberg's work is a bit over-stylized (especially regarding the clinical white environments), but the with its focus on perverted celebrity cults it's nonetheless a body horror film with some deeply unsettling moments.
Antiviral's problem is it's detail driven with its celebrity obsessed world, but not with its characters or it story arc, making it a purely an idea film. Still, the direction is gorgeously sterile, and despite his character lacking any depth, Jones is quite mesmerizing with his unique appearance and whispery voice. Its oddity keeps you entranced much more than the story, of which, emotion is quite synthetic.