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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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. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills super sensation Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. He must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate. Written by
During production, Sarah Gadon and Caleb Landry Jones both decided not to meet or rehearse prior to the filming of the hotel room scene where Syd takes a sample of Hannah Geist's blood. They both felt it would help preserve the separation of the characters within the story. See more »
When Syd injects himself, he taps on his arm, like one would do when they are trying to make a vein pop out. He doesn't inject into a vein, so tapping on his arm is pointless and does absolutely nothing. See more »
Antiviral is one of the best movies I've seen my entire life, and this is why... For a first movie from a first-time director, this is pulled off very impressively. Brandon Cronenberg may have had good influence from his infamous father, but it's obvious he has a natural flair for this line of work. The script, plot, casting, camera work... everything is brilliant! It's got a very unique and unsettling feel to it, too, which is something I love as a horror fan. Don't be fooled, though - this is not your average horror flick! Caleb Landry Jones is an amazing actor, and his talent is portrayed perfectly in this movie. The cold, detached personality of Syd March is something that he really latches on to, and I knew even before watching and reading interviews about the film that he'd gotten himself fully sucked into this character while filming. Of course, his thin frame, absurdly pale skin, red hair and sickly-looking freckles all play a part in how well he suits this role, but I believe he would've done it just as well without looking the way he does. The premise itself is something that, while it may seem ridiculous to some people, I find completely believable. The bizarre levels of celebrity obsession that are explored in Antiviral don't seem that far off from the world we live in today, especially in America. While I can understand that some people would brush off the idea as 'too weird' - after all, what sane person would inject a disease into their own body just to feel close to someone? - I think the entire point of it is that they AREN'T sane any more. There's so much more I could go on about, but I really have to end the review here, or I'll end up writing an entire ten-page essay about how much I adore this movie. From the empty, clean, disturbingly quiet scenes of the Lucas Clinic to the dirty and panicked moments of mental instability and bloodiness that Syd experiences, this is so close to perfect it's untrue. If you don't mind disturbing content, a slow-moving plot and a LOT of needles and cannibalism, this movie is definitely for you.
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