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Mathew St. Patrick,
The thirty and something years old psychiatrist Dr. Samantha Goodman has an incurable brain tumor that has just started to grow. Felling totally stressed, she decides to spend the weekend ... See full summary »
A scientific research team investigates and documents the supernatural phenomena surrounding the disappearance of a cattle ranchers 10 year old son. Inspired by true events that shocked the paranormal community around the world.
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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
All of the close-up shots of needles entering skin in the film are real. 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 »
Set in a future were societies love for celebrity has become all consuming (quite literally in some cases). Antiviral follows the story of Syd March an employee at a clinic that sells celebrity viruses to the masses of fans desperate to feel closer to their idols.
Brandon Cronenberg takes a stab at the body horror genre his father helped make famous. Full of brilliant ideas and striking imagery Antiviral is an impressive first feature length debut. From the Clean white surfaces of the clinics to the Dingy underground black market it feels like a living and breathing world. The characters who inhabit this world all feel believable each with their own hidden agenda. The visual effects are impressively gruesome, With one nightmarish dream sequence lingering on long after the movie ends.
The one point where Antiviral falls short for me is pace, each time the story picks up steam it seems to falter. A little fat could have been trimmed, Instead of adding more and more ideas into the mix the movie could have done with honing the ones already there and using those to propel the story forward.
I did enjoy the film and I very much look forward to the directors next work.
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