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Antiviral

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Antiviral

Brandon Cronenberg (2012)

103min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

A clinic harvests viruses from celebrities and sells them to fans, with a courier transporting the diseases by infecting himself. When an actress dies of an unexplained condition, the smuggler must find a cure before it kills him as well - but finds people obsessed with famous names are desperate to add his body to their collection. Horror, starring Caleb Landry Jones and Malcolm McDowell.

Cast & Crew

Syd March Caleb Landry Jones
Hannah Geist Sarah Gadon
Dr Abendroth Malcolm McDowell
Edward Porris Douglas Smith (2)
Arvid Joe Pingue
Dorian Nicholas Campbell
Dev Harvey Sheila McCarthy
Mira Tesser Wendy Crewson
Levine James Cade
Director Brandon Cronenberg
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Other Information

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

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