Glad I squeezed this in before midnight. I mis-read and thought Caleb Jones was Cronenberg jr. It then began to dawn on me, that the style was so Cronenberg sr, so I re read, and then just relished. Great sterile visuals, even the food is bland. And humanitys obsession with celebrity!. and this was made in 2012, before a Kardashian arse broke the internet. Wonderful, sick, slick, stylish, and vile!. Enjoy.
Directed by Brandon "son of David" Cronenberg, Antiviral is a debut feature that feels very much like something his father would have done back in his early years. There is, however, a lack of the wit and intelligence, and even frame composition, that Cronenberg Senior would have laced throughout, but it's not a bad first full-length film.
Even with an open mind Antiviral is pretty grotesque. The gentle introduction to the state of the world is delicate and successful, but also fustrating as whole aspects of the society are avoided and unexplored. The lead actor had a great potential, but barely used aside from stumbling around and dribbling. One of few films with a some-of-predictable yet revolting last act.
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.