Antiviral is a science fiction film set in a world where clinic workers sell virus samples that have infected, or killed, famous people. When one researcher becomes infected with the virus that killed an uber-famous actress he becomes a wanted man, one that many people want.
Syd March is a clinician who deals in viruses on the side. He smuggles these viruses out in his own body. Then he sells them to people who want the exact same disease as a star. It’s rather disgusting in the trailer.
Anyways, at some point Syd injects himself with superstar Hannah Geist’s latest disease, but this one kills her. He’s the only one with this particular strain in the world, and everyone wants a piece of him. Syd has to find a cure for himself while at the same time avoiding all those who would kill him for his blood.
And the trailer is gross as shit.
Antiviral is the first film from David Cronenberg’s son Brandon Cronenberg. Based on the featurette below he’s an arrogant little prick who only got this chance because of who his dad is. That said, he might have talent. He’s certainly fucked up enough.
Seriously, this guy looks unhinged.
Antiviral Release Date
October 12, 2012.
Who’s In It?
Caleb Landry Jones … Syd March
Sarah Gadon … Hannah Geist
Malcolm McDowell … Dr. Abendroth
Douglas Smith … Edward Porris
Joe Pingue … Arvid
Nicholas Campbell … Dorian
What’s Good About It?
If you liked f’ed up films with really weird, gross stuff like people getting injections of other people’s diseases, then Antiviral is definitely the film for you.
In fact, if you specifically like that kinda stuff, you’re really strange. Get help. I feel like your online dating profile won’t find many like-minded folks.
What’s Bad About It?
We’ll just have to see if Brandon Cronenberg has his father’s talent. Probably not, but maybe has some degree of talent nonetheless!
Our Clever Prediction
I cannot imagine a world in which Antiviral is a massive success, but it’s an arty, weirdo film that’s not intended to make loads of cash. It’s intended for cult audiences. So it may play well to that group.
It’s still weird.