March 29, 2014
Brandon Cronenberg has made a fittingly dark and superb directoral debut with Antiviral. This film was fantastically disturbing. It worked as both an under-your-skin psychological thriller and a bitingly original social commentary, while delving smoothly into art house territory. Sure, it's loaded with dark inspiration from his father's work-the great David Cronenberg-But Brandon C. is undoubtedly bringing something new to the table, and I can't wait to see what he has in store for us.
March 27, 2014
A great high-concept story about the fetishizing of celebrity and the rotting of our cultural mores. Great acting in the lead, unsettlingly creepy, beautifully shot, and yet...somehow tediously slow. It was nearly a waste of such a cool sci-fi concept. It felt almost overly-explained, which is the opposite problem most sci-fi flicks have. Cronenberg Jr did well in his debut however; a bit more palatable than his father, in my opinion. Worth a watch if you're patient and looking for something heady and moody.
September 9, 2012
I failed to understand this movie at all, the more it progressed into the story I was more and more lost on why you would even make this a movie.. I had to look up the plot afterwards to understand but I'm still lost. The movie was still entertaining but its very,, veeeerryyyy strange.
March 22, 2014
I don't know why but I love this film. Is it very slow? Yes... But it hits so close to today's society that if you make it through you will see the end results of our own culture at its extreme.
March 22, 2014
Fun, intelligent, dark move that functions on multiple levels.
February 15, 2014
A flat and boring movie, yes it has that Cronenberg look and feel made famous by his father. But can't really recommend this as a enjoyable Sci-Fi
February 8, 2014
Somewhat intriguing, fairly disturbing, and very slow. A slightly above average mystery/drama with a lot of things going for it, but not many that make it stand out. It was still fairly enjoyable, but it is not a "must watch", specially if you dont like slow movies with a sometimes heavy ambience and creepy ideas.
August 9, 2013
Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral certainly demonstrates the influence of the director's father, but Antiviral also shows the director developing his own aesthetic sensibility, one that is rooted in the school of body horror but that also clearly influenced by dispassionate cinema of directors like Haneke who present their films in a clinical, emotionless fashion. A harrowing assault on our celebrity-obsessed culture, Antiviral examines our need to connect with celebrities in order to form identities for ourselves. It is a film about the simulacral selves produced by a society of superficiality and consumerism. If the film seems to lack depth at times, it is because there is no depth any longer...only surfaces...
January 31, 2014
An audacious film debut from Brandon Cronenberg. I have always had a soft spot for body horror flicks and this certainly hits hard with its timely social commentary. The apple doesn't fall to hard from the tree indeed
December 11, 2013
WTF Movie of the year! Ahora no se, me tenia durante la primera mitad, me perdió hacia el final pero nunca me aburri. Putamente extraña en todo sentido.
January 15, 2014
The apple doesn't fall very far as Brandon Cronenberg gives us this sci fi lite look at a future society that will literally pay to be infected with the diseases of their favorite celebrity. A pristine aesthetic contrasts the moments of visceral body horror we have seen from his dad David. Brandon guides things with his own hands. While he clearly has some progress to make as a filmmaker this is a superb effort that leaves me yearning for the next.
January 10, 2014
You know what they say about the apple and the tree.
January 2, 2014
Hyyyyvin hämmentävä tulevaisuuden visio virustehtailusta ja sen riskialttiista kaupallistamisesta...
December 29, 2013
The first 10-15 minutes is very interesting until you figure out what is going on, from then the movie is loosing momentum, the ending is far out.....on the other hand if you want to see something provocative you should watch the movie...
December 25, 2013
Crazed and obsessive fans of celebrities are now able to get any illnesses or diseases that their idol also has. But when Syd March injects himself with a disease from the most popular celebrity of them all in an attempt to smuggle it onto the black market, things don't go so well when the host dies, leaving Syd with only a short time in which to find a cure.
Brandon Cronenberg follows in his fathers footsteps with this slow paced, yet well told and original horror film.
April 6, 2013
It may be possible that this movie was a little too out there for me to really absorb and enjoy. I feel like I can hear the writer of this idea at a party telling everyone his crazy theories based on the world today shoveling ideas like "I bet one day people will be so obsessed with celebrities and fame that they would even buy a sickness that their favourite celebrity had, like come on can we even be any more stupid and obsessive."
I am not saying the the premise is entirely benign am just saying that the idea for this whole film seems to be from someone who spends too much time obsessing over the statistical future. Personally I got a little bored and enjoyed some bejeweled on my phone but all in all I would have to say the entire thing is just a teeny tiny bit too crazy for me.
December 21, 2013
Very strange.....long and drawn out. It seemed to lack cohesion. The overall concept, however, was interesting to think about.
April 22, 2013
This movie establishes David Cronenberg's son, Brandon Cronenberg, as a filmmaker to be on the lookout for, and one who (unsurprisingly) tackles similar subject matter as well. In this film, Caleb Landry Jones (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS) plays an employee of a clinic which sells viruses that have been in celebrities. This idea, which takes the commodification of celebrity to the extreme, is what's at the heart of the movie. The concept is fully explored, and doesn't pull any punches when it comes to showing the graphic implications of its premise. The only faults I find with it is that the social commentary tends to be rather on the head, and that the tone of the movie could have been a little more visceral. Still, it's a worthy feature debut and highly recommended for fans of "body horror."
December 8, 2013
One line summary: Future horror thriller: diseases are big business, lucrative crime, and silent weapons.
Edward Porris reports to a clinic to get infected with the same disease that celebrity Hannah Geist has. Syd is his handler and the protagonist of the film. He reassures people to keep going with their stated choices.
Syd is also a part of the celebrity meat market. Cells from celebrities are used to reproduce (in relatively large quantities) muscle tissue that is sold as steaks and the like. Arvid is his contact in the meat sales.
Syd gets a new sample from Hannah Geist, and gives it to himself. He's knocked out for a while. When he wakes up, Hannah is dead, and Syd was one of the last people to see her alive. Arvid would like Syd to give him a sample of this, since Arvid could make a huge profit on it. Syd claims not to have any knowledge of what killed her.
Everyone is up in arms about Hannah's passing, especially at the Lucas Clinic, the company where Syd works. Syd stays ill, and consults with Arvid, who takes him to Levine. Levine forcibly takes a sample of the Hannah Geist pathogens. Syd tries to escape, but he is way too weak. They dump him on the street later. Nice. Thugs from another group kidnap him. They take him to Dr. Abendroth, who has come from Germany to do an autopsy on Hannah. First, though, the doctor wishes to see what is happening with the living specimen, Syd.
Doctor Abendroth tells him that the virus he has was designed to deflect diagnosis, but that he had gotten around the viruses protections. Hannah is still alive, but further along in the disease. They talk. Hannah's family has traced the disease back to Lucas Clinic, and hope that Syd will find out who at Lucas designed it. Syd has to retrace his steps, this time with an entirely different purpose.
Something sinister is afoot. Will Syd be able to help Hannah? Will he survive the effort?
Cinematography: 8/10 Bad in a few spots (jerky camera and the like), but mostly fine quality.
Sound: 10/10 No problems.
Acting: 8/10 Much better than I expected. Caleb Landry Jones and Malcolm McDowell were quite good.
Screenplay: 8/10 Good story, well developed in the narration of deep corruption.