Antiviral

  • 15
  • Brandon Cronenberg (2012)
  • Can / Fr
  • 103 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Brandon Cronenberg picks up the body-horror baton from father David in this exceptional debut feature that echoes his dad's early sci-fi perversions, Shivers and Videodrome in particular. In a sterile near future, sick celebrities sell their diseases to competing clinics, which then market them to obsessed fans. Impeccably cast Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class) smuggles top viruses out of the workplace in his body for illegal pirate use. But when he steals an infection from the world's biggest star, and she dies, he's targeted by rabid collectors and rival corporations. While the movie is too long for its own good, young Cronenberg never loses his quirky conceptual focus or viscerally unsettling aesthetic in this visually pristine cautionary tale. Brimming over with audacious ideas, from biological communion and the horrifying state of celebrity culture, to genetic-copy protection and restaurant food cultivated from superstar cells, this dark fable is a subversive stomach-churner and not for the faint-hearted.

Cast and crew

Cast

Syd March
Caleb Landry Jones
Hannah Geist
Sarah Gadon
Dr Abendroth
Malcolm McDowell
Edward Porris
Douglas Smith
Arvid
Joe Pingue
Dorian
Nicholas Campbell
Dev Harvey
Sheila McCarthy
Mira Tesser
Wendy Crewson
Levine
James Cade

Crew

Director
Brandon Cronenberg

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on DVD
Released 1 Feb 2013
Certificate 15

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