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Antiviral [DVD]

Caleb Landry Jones , Malcolm McDowell , Brandon Cronenberg    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Caleb Landry Jones, Malcolm McDowell, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith, Joe Pingue
  • Directors: Brandon Cronenberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb 2013
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ADSRAA2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,552 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Syd March is an employee of The Lucas Clinic--a company that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to their obsessed fans. Syd supplements his income by smuggling viruses out of the clinic in his own body in order to sell them on the black market. Constantly ill and losing his edge, Syd becomes careless and infects himself with an unusual virus carried by superstar Hannah Geist.

When the news breaks that Hannah has died, Syd realises that the virus running rampant in his system will soon kill him too. Struggling to remain in control, Syd must race to solve the mystery surrounding Hannah's death if he has any hopes to avoid suffering the same fate.

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Biological communion - for a price. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills super sensation Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. He must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, ...Antiviral ( Anti viral )

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
In the future the cult of celebrity reaches an inane position. People are famous for being famous. They pay to contract the same disease as a celebrity in order to feel closer to them. Meat is grown. synthesized from their DNA and is sold and consumed.

Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones) works for the Lucus Clinic an agency whose flagship celebrity is Hannah Geist (Sarah Gadon). He freelances on the side, which causes trouble. He contracts a deadly virus shared by Hannah.

The film questions today's celebrity craze, reality star society. I found it interesting and engrossing, but lacking in entertainment as our star mopes about the screen. The dialog and action was boring and slow. While the film clearly questions the celebrity cult, it fails to create a satire with bite.

Makes for an interesting, near thought provoking rental.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs (?), No sex. Brief nudity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Celebrity is not an accomplishment 10 Dec 2013
Format:DVD
Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans.

Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body.

When he becomes infected with the disease that kills celebrity Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans.

He must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate....

Coming from a Cronenberg, it's pretty certain that this film is going to involve some disturbing imagery, and bizarre content, and this doesn't fail on any level regarding this.

It takes body horror not literal, but it does have that element of body image in the narrative. What the film does deal is the obsession of celebrity, and the lengths people will do to be like their favourite celebrity.

Even eating the celebrity...

The film is very sanitised, and Jones is wonderful, as the man who is literally carrying a disease and his physical transformation throughout the movie is quite spectacular.

All in all, it does owe a lot to Cronenberg Sr., especially his early works, but it's a wonderfully bonkers concept, and it works...
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cronenberg: the next generation 6 Mar 2013
Format:DVD
Back in the eighties, writer/director David Cronenberg delighted (and disgusted!) audiences with his weird and horrific visions of technology merging with human flesh. Now, some years later, his son, Brandon Cronenberg, is doing much the same thing.

Antiviral is about a world where (believe it or not) the population can buy illnesses that have once infected the celebrity of their choosing, so they can be ill like their idol!

It's certainly a different type of film when you compare it to those other `horror' movies of today, however, it's probably more at home with Cronenberg Senior's work back in the eighties. At first it took me a while to get into. I, a horror fan, didn't realise quite how much I'm used to `horror' simply being a man in a mask slicing up overly-attractive teenagers. Therefore, I found this a little slow at first. However, I'm glad I persisted.

It certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea. It's very slow-moving and the characters do tend to mumble a lot (I have to admit I was turning the volume up on many an occasion). Yet it has its own sick charm, helped in the most part by the lead character. He's certainly not your average hero. In fact, he's horrible and you won't have that much sympathy for him at the best of times as he steals and infects himself with celebrities' viruses. The lead actor is truly creepy in himself. Once you've seen him walk through a door, you'll know what I mean. He just has a way of doing it that spells out `weirdo.'

There are a few - not many, but a few - horrific moments that are not for the squeamish, but Antiviral's strong-points are not its gore, but its atmosphere.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Antiviral 11 Feb 2014
Format:DVD
Following in his fathers foot steps and that is a huge act to follow with films like video dome and scanners! He obviously has taken a lot of inspiration from his father but what is the style of Branden does he have his own vision are is it so much apart of his fathers that its hard to define if antiviral is original or not. His debut film his next film will give us a better insight into his mind im hoping for more from him in the future maybe something different from body parts. All i have to say is its good and thats the best recommendation i can make of this.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get infected 16 April 2013
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I found this movie to be very interesting, you never really quite know whats going to happen, the characters keep changing and keep you watching till the very end, a great production, and the best part is the idea of seeing a different style of movie that really makes you think, just how far will the fan obssesion go?
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