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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Caleb Landry Jones
sarah gadon
Malcolm McDowell.
Directors
Brandon Cronenberg.
Screenwriters
Brandon Cronenberg.
Running Time
110 minutes

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Antiviral
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Plot
After becoming infected by the virus he'd unwittingly smuggled from the corpse of a dead celeb (Gadon), Syd March (Jones) has to unravel her death to save his own life.


Review
Antiviral
Written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg, plainly out to inherit his father’s ‘King Of Venereal Horror’ title. In a world so celebrity-obsessed that fans can buy copy-protected diseases from their idols, Caleb Landry Jones smuggles a bug from a just-dead famous-for-nothing goddess onto the black market and is persecuted by a sinister, slightly rote conspiracy. This has ideas to burn and an icy style which is quite impressive, while Jones (Banshee in X-Men: First Class) puts his all into it as a medical martyr, but Antiviral is cleverer than it is thrilling and more interesting than it is affecting.


Verdict
A smart, subversive but rather cold debut from Brandon Cronenberg that's short of the dark wit that lit up his father's early work. Then again, comparisons are hardly fair, especially when Cronenberg Jr. clearly has plenty of ideas of his own.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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How far would you go to emulate your idols? Hero worship taken to the nth degree. The sterile future world which is presented here (in a very matter of fact kind of way) isn’t that much far removed from our own and there are times where you really have to pay attention to what all the characters are saying as many of the plot points aren’t sign posted. Distantly reserved, coldly intelligent and about as entertaining as a trip to the dentist, Antiviral is a notable film debut from Cro... More

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