Review: Antiviral (2013)

Posted in DVD Reviews, Reviews by - May 07, 2013
Review: Antiviral (2013)

In a world consumed by obsession with those in the public eye, celebrity diseases are a highly sought after commodity. Companies like the Lucas Clinic are marketing the contracting of the hottest celebrity’s illness as being the ultimate way to connect with media royalty. Syd (Caleb Landry Jones) March sells and extracts the most sought after infections, even the most popular ills belonging to Hannah (Sarah Gadon) Geist. He also secretly infects himself in order to steal the viruses, selling them on the black market. When he injects the disease that kills the adorned superstar, he becomes involved in conspiracies and mysteries far beyond is imagination.

Antiviral is the first full length feature from Brandon Cronenberg, son of David Cronenberg. And, much like his father’s work, this film delves deep into the themes of body horror – specifically illness and blood. In Brandon’s world, the populace obsessively feed on their celebrities blood, illnesses and bodies like vampires, lining up to contract the latest disease their favorite star has contracted or eat meat genetically engineered to resemble their DNA. Yet, Brandon does not settle on the inherited take on film alone, his vision is far more contrasting, black and white, pristine and corrupt. His film excels in composition. Cronenberg’s star, Caleb Landry Jones, exemplifies the design and approach to his film visual. Jones’ performance is calculated and understated; it’s his intent more than his actions that illustrates his story. The world of Antiviral is far too similar to the world around us and that is the most frightening thing about the film.

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This post was written by Doc Rotten
Doc Rotten is a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and podcast host for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, Decades of Horror 1980s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast, Hannibal Fan Podcast and The Future of Horror. He was also co-host Dracula on TV TALK and was a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior. He is also a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist.