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Title:   Antiviral
Director:   Brandon Cronenberg
Year:   2012
Genre:   Science Fiction
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   09.24.12

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Date Viewed Venue Note
09.24.12Alamo South LamarThis Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2012
First film from David Cronenberg's son. It's suitably early-Cronenbergian. Filled with Body issues. The central conceit though I don't quite accept. In the future, people are so taken with celebrity that they're not only willing but it's considered a luxury to ingest diseases that celebrities have had. So a guy gets a Total Recall-esque sales pitch except for instead of a memory-implant of a vacation you get herpes!? Also, skin and muscle cells from celebrities are cultured and sold as steaks for people to eat.

I suppose if you can accept that, you'd have a pretty solid little mystery type movie on your hands. There's some stuff involving blood and viruses and cool sci-fi tech to genetically modify stuff and they use a kind of cool idea where each bug has an identifiable "face" in the form of creepy blurry photographs of people's faces. You also get a movie where the main character is completely passive the entire time and a kind of weak ending that I didn't completely understand. It's certainly not without merits and the visual look of the film is impeccable, but I spent the entire thing thinking "wait, people WANT to be sick?" I get that it's social commentary but still... I found the premise too much of a stretch.
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