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
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 »
Antiviral is a about a world where people do the cruelest things to each other, motivated only by money. They even apologise for the pain they cause. They are also obsessed with celebrity.
The film is quite confusing. People pay for injections somehow associated with celebrities. There is a strange machine that projects images of deformed fetuses. What is supposed to happen?
You come to look like the celebrity?
You have a dream where the celebrity enters your life?
You became a celebrity and hence can socialise?
It gradually becomes most likely that you get to share a disease with your selected celebrity though I never understood the purpose of the machine or why people wanted this form of souvenir.
On the black market, you can buy meat, cultured from the cells of celebrities. How customers can tell this from ordinary meat I have no idea.
Nothing is spelled out. You are never sure why anyone is doing anything. You are never sure who can be trusted.
I just hated the villains. They remind me of corporate spokespeople the way they are so insincere and so callous.
Caleb Landry Jones spends rather too much of the movie staggering about, coughing up blood and looking about to die.
Even he goes a bit nuts and sucks blood from a zombified corpse. It is quite disturbing, partly because everyone in the cast treats the most ghastly things so matter of factly, like the introduction of some new breakfast food.
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