Antiviral (2012) Film Review

Posted: July 12, 2014 in Horrendous Horror Movies
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Antiviral, directed by Brandon Cronenberg, is a brilliant horror film that will leave all who watch it wondering: are we becoming too obsessed with celebrities?

This question enters our minds once we walk through the Lucas Clinic doors, a place where fanatical patrons can willingly inject themselves with viruses collected from their favorite celebrities. And not only are the patrons obsessed – Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones), a Lucas Clinic employee, also injects himself with harvested viruses.

His downfall begins when he injects himself with tainted blood from Hannah Geist (Sarah Gadon), his celebrity obsession. Syd must find a cure before the virus consumes him completely.

I completely understand why Syd, and numerous others, were obsessed with Hannah – she’s a gorgeous woman. With her blonde hair, ruby lips, and flawless complexion, she instills a sense of enchantment. And yes, even when Hannah develops a deadly virus, she somehow, even though she is coughing up blood and is bedridden, still radiates beauty.

Now, Syd March, even though he isn’t a celebrity, stills radiates beauty. With fiery orange hair, pale skin, and gorgeous blue eyes, Syd becomes the center of attention during numerous scenes. Unlike Hannah, though, the virus does take a toll of Syd, and we see him becoming weaker and weaker as the movie progresses.

Even though Antiviral isn’t necessarily horrific, it does touch upon a scary thought: celebrity worship syndrome, where people become TOO obsessed with a celebrity’s personal life. And this is exactly what happened in the film. Is this what we want our world to become?

And now I pose a question to you: if this technology came out, would you inject yourself with a celebrity’s virus?

Overall, Antiviral was a fantastic film, and I would highly recommend it.

To watch the trailer, click here


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