Antiviral

Rated NR 110 min. 2013

Director Brandon “Son of David” Cronenberg is in no hurry to distance himself from the themes prevalent in his father’s work, if his debut feature Antiviral is anything to go by. This sci-fi body-horror shares cold-sweat DNA with Rabid, Videodrome and The Fly for sure. In this entirely credible world of empathy spared only for the famous, the public is so obsessed with celebs they're willing to purchase their bacterial goo in order to feel closer to them. Yuck. Caleb Landry Jones plays Syd March, a cadaverous dude who works at a clinic selling these celebrity-transmitted viral infections and making extra cash by selling the viruses on the black market—his greed inevitably makes him terminally ill. Despite Jones’ reptilian charm—crossing the figures of a Kafkaesque victim and a hardboiled detective—it's tough to find much sympathy for Syd’s self-induced plight. Still, Cronenberg’s vision impresses. You may wish to bleach your skin, eyes and brain afterward. -Carsten Knox

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Official Site: www.facebook.com/antiviralmovie

Director: Brandon Cronenberg

Writer: Brandon Cronenberg

Producer: Niv Fichman

Cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Malcolm McDowell, Douglas Smith, Joe Pingue, Nicholas Campbell, James Cade, Lara Jean Chorostecki, Lisa Berry and Salvatore Antonio

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