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3.1
795 Ratings

Antiviral

Directed by Brandon Cronenberg
Canada, France, 2012
Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller

Synopsis

In a blackly satirical near future, a thriving industry sells celebrity illnesses to their obsessed fans. Employee Syd March’s attempts to exploit the system backfire when they involve him in a potentially deadly mystery.

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Antiviral Directed by Brandon Cronenberg

Awards & Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival

2012 | Winner: Best Canadian First Feature Film

AFI FEST

2012

Chicago International Film Festival

2012 | Winner: Gold Hugo (After Dark Competition)

The younger Cronenberg maintains his inherited bloodline while giving the new flesh a different, distorted face. Growing gradually sicker and messier along with its conflicted protagonist, Antiviral is, in all its icily unpleasant ickiness, indeed perfect somehow.
February 01, 2013
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The biological horror essentially rehashes themes and images that the elder Cronenberg did better... The indictment of celebrity culture, on the other hand, manages to be fresh and unique (no small feat given the topic) and, at the risk of biographical speculation, seems to suggest a personal connection and sympathy with the objectified celebrity class in question.
April 19, 2013
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I'm honestly not sure whether it's ingenious or foolhardy of the younger Cronenberg to go right at his dad's legacy this way – quite likely it's both. At any rate, he's created an interesting decoding problem for viewers, along with an intriguing low-budget chiller that deserves to be seen on its own terms.
April 09, 2013
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