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.
This film is the reason why directors who are just starting out should NOT be granted huge budgets on their first feature film. He was able to recline back onto the special effects and striking environments, and as a result, the film in itself sags hard. Freedom suffocates creativity.
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.