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6.1
/10
838 Ratings

Antiviral

Directed by Brandon Cronenberg
Canada, France, 2012
Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller

Synopsis

In a blackly satirical near future, a thriving industry sells celebrity illnesses to their obsessed fans. Employee Syd March’s attempts to exploit the system backfire when they involve him in a potentially deadly mystery.

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Antiviral Directed by Brandon Cronenberg

Awards & Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival

2012 | Winner: Best Canadian First Feature Film

AFI Fest

2012

Chicago International Film Festival

2012 | Winner: Gold Hugo (After Dark Competition)

The biological horror essentially rehashes themes and images that the elder Cronenberg did better… The indictment of celebrity culture, on the other hand, manages to be fresh and unique (no small feat given the topic) and, at the risk of biographical speculation, seems to suggest a personal connection and sympathy with the objectified celebrity class in question.
April 19, 2013
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I’m honestly not sure whether it’s ingenious or foolhardy of the younger Cronenberg to go right at his dad’s legacy this way – quite likely it’s both. At any rate, he’s created an interesting decoding problem for viewers, along with an intriguing low-budget chiller that deserves to be seen on its own terms.
April 09, 2013
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The best-looking parts of Antiviral take place in sterile rooms, as the irony of false intimacy with famous people is stretched to the breaking point. Far less successful is the movie’s grad-school-obvious script, flinging itself at tired comparisons to evil social media and boob-tube universality. The whole movie feels like a case of the sweats, putting you in desperate need of the chicken soup of recognizable human behavior.
April 09, 2013
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