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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Cold, white, aseptic, sickly, disgusting, attractive visual delight.
Poor, undervalued Cronenberg Junior! You can't avoid comparisons with your father, but I'm interested in growing you as an independent filmmaker.
Caleb Landry Jones - the unique appearance, just stand here and look at the camera.
Unfettered capitalism, Coroporatism, anti-intellectualism and the fetishization of celebrity's result brilliantly portrayed in this futuristic film. Caleb Jones is perfect as the protagonist working at a corporation selling celebrity viruses to allow fans to feel close to their favourite stars by having the same viruses they do. Caleb Jones has that ethereal beauty and paleness to pull of the part perfectly.
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.
Deeply unsettling, smart, humorous, and full of striking imagery & fresh, haunting ideas. Brandon Cronenberg is truly his father's son. Hopefully this will be the start of big things for him and Caleb Landry Jones, whose performance here is absolutely extraordinary.
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.
Well made, interesting and unfortunately a bit boring. Cronenberg should have trimmed the film down to 80-90 minutes, then the narrative could have gotten some sorely needed momentum. The story, production work and acting are all great so it is a shame that the movie is let down by a director so in love with his own work that he forgets the importance of editing himself and his ideas. Still a good debut movie!