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.
Christopher Merk moves into a building where every tenant can observe every other tenant through a system of perpetually running cameras installed in the apartments. The tenants are eager ... See full summary »
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
Almost half of the content of the film was shot during pre-production. This includes the vast amount of playback footage and the many stills needed to decorate the sets and to be used with props. See more »
Before Syd puts the virus into Edward Porris's lip, we see the plunger of the syringe has been pulled back a bit, as it would be had Syd filled it with the virus. However, in the close up of the needle piercing the skin, you can see the plunger is all the way down, so when it was stuck into Edward's lip there was nothing in it. See more »
Creepy and horrorful in a way that is both fresh and engaging
Brandon, the son of David Cronenberg, brings to the screen a story that contains no alien monsters, no supernatural forces, no serial killers. Instead, the actor is ourselves, the people, while he subtly manipulates the scene to expose the "viral" sickness of the world. Beautifully done, a little slow paced, but worth it.
The main character is a guy (Banshee from X-Men, now even creepier - he made a great role) who works as a technician in a company that buys and sells celebrity diseases. Say Beyonce has a rash, she sells it to these people who then sell it back to you, so you can have the same rash as she had. It gets even more complicated, with people trying to steal this biological material, while some are trying to copy-protect it and/or patent/copyright stuff. There is a black market for steaks cloned from the genetic material of your favourite celebrity.
The idea is great and they could have stopped here, with a boring movie about an interesting idea, but they did not. The movie is beautifully done, visually stunning, with an eerie soundtrack, good acting and a good script. Who does that anymore?
Bottom line: the world is insane and going more so. The film exposes it in a fresh and intelligent way. It is a great film that fringes on horror (by showing people real horror, not something made up), but is basically a very good sci-fi movie. I recommend it to all.
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