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Antiviral (2012)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 13 February 2013 (France)
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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.

Director:

Brandon Cronenberg

Writer:

Brandon Cronenberg (screenplay)
4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Caleb Landry Jones ... Syd March
Sarah Gadon ... Hannah Geist
Lisa Berry ... Lucas Clinic Receptionist
Douglas Smith ... Edward Porris
Nenna Abuwa ... Aria Noble
Donna Goodhand Donna Goodhand ... Woman in Waiting Room
Adam Bogen ... Lucas Clinic Security Guard
Salvatore Antonio ... Topp
Matt Watts Matt Watts ... Mercer
Dawn Greenhalgh Dawn Greenhalgh ... Jane
Katie Bergin ... Talk Show Host
Nicholas Campbell ... Dorian
Lara Jean Chorostecki ... Michelle
Reid Morgan ... Derek Lessing
Elitsa Bako Elitsa Bako ... Vera
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Storyline

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 Rhombus Media

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Inject some celebrity into your life. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Antivirus See more »

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Budget:

CAD 3,200,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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All of the close-up shots of needles entering skin in the film are real. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lucas Clinic Receptionist: [on the phone] Yes. Yes. Wonderful, I'll transfer you to booking.
[to visitor]
Lucas Clinic Receptionist: Can I help you?
Edward Porris: Edward Porris. I have an appointment.
Lucas Clinic Receptionist: Porris...
[hands him a clipboard]
Lucas Clinic Receptionist: Just have a seat.
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References Broken Tulips (2008) See more »

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Like Father Like Son
23 June 2013 | by themissingpatientSee all my reviews

Syd March works for a cosmetic company that sells you a way to share the viruses and diseases your favourite celebrities have. It's a very intimate experience knowing you have been infected with herpes by the same blood of your celebrity crush. Syd is also involved in dealing with the black market over these samples of viruses and finds himself in over his head when his celebrity crush dies.

This is not a comedy. This is a gritty, blood-gushing, stomach-churning, grotesque sci-fi thriller from Brandon Cronenberg. However exciting that above sentence may have sounded, Antiviral is a slower-paced horror art piece. It is hard on the eyes and stomach, as such a story should be.

This is the film all of the original David Cronenberg fans have been waiting for. It's come a decade too late and not through him but through his son. Unlike Sofia Coppola or Jennifer Lynch, Brandon Cronenberg doesn't seem to be trying to find his own voice. With this film, he seems content filling the shoes his father had left unfilled over the last decade, making more audience-friendly dramatic thrillers. Antiviral very much could be a lost 2003 film David Cronenberg shot right after Spider. Like father like son.


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