Critic Consensus: Antiviral is well-crafted body horror, packed with interesting -- if not entirely subtle -- ideas.
Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. 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. (c) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for Antiviral
How sick can fans of a celebrity get? Very, answers "Antiviral." Imagine fan fetish culture metastasizing. A pox on consumers and capitalists alike, Brandon Cronenberg sneers.
If Cronenberg's not yet a dead ringer for his iconic dad, he's taken an intriguing first step.
The pace is uneven, the energy sluggish (even the arrival of Malcolm McDowell in the third act doesn't pep things up) and the film feels overlong.
A tough, almost willfully difficult movie, but it's fascinating more often than it is dramatically off-putting.
Antiviral is what happens when you make a movie around a fleetingly interesting idea but forget to find a story in it.
Audience Reviews for Antiviral
In the near future, fans will pay good money to be infected with a herpes simplex virus extracted from their favorite celebrity. Syd is in the business of supplying these bugs, but when he tries out the blood of the world's hottest model on himself, he accidentally infects himself with a fatal virus. Simultaneously trying to be science fiction, satire, body horror and a psychological thriller, ANTIVIRAL has a lot of moving parts that don't always mesh together; its wickedly interesting ideas and an excess of style help smooth over the many rough patches, though.
Strange, sterile little film. Very impressed with Caleb Jones, he has a Michael Pitt air to him which lends well to the character.
The movie has something to say about celebrity obsession, although I think (hope) we have not quite got to the point of worshipping a celebrity so much you would pay to be infected with a virus they had or eat meat genetically made from them, as is shown here.
I would like to watch this one again before commenting further. It is beautifully filmed, but is not entirely accessible on first view.
David Cronenberg's kid does a pretty good job, especially considering it's his first feature. The world takes precedence over clarity of story, but so long as that's not the sort of thing that phases you, then I'd definitely recommend this dark satirical sci-fi.
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