Down with a sickness! ANTIVIRAL (2012), that’s the film in quarantine this week. Writer/Director Brandon Cronenberg (yep, THAT Cronenberg’s son) makes his feature debut with this hyper sterile bio thriller that may just be a cautionary tale. Here’s your premise… A man who smuggles celebrity viruses to ravenous fans gets infected with the same bug that killed a media darling, and becomes locked in a deadly race against time while also ending up being the target of biological collectors. Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee from X-Men) Plays the part of Syd March, an employee of the Lucas Clinic – a company that reaps a tidy profit by infecting willing clients with viruses taken from their favorite celebrities. Earning a little extra cash on the side by using his own body to smuggle out popular microbes, Syd finds himself in mortal danger after he infects himself with a pathogen taken from Hannah Geist, a gorgeous superstar who later dies as a result of her illness. Now, it’s only a matter of time before Syd succumbs to a similarly gruesome fate. When Syd’s shady clients and a rival company discover he’s carrying a bug that could revolutionize the industry, he must fight back with the only weapon he has — his own virulent blood… It’s worth a chat! Listen to see how many red freckles we prescribed to this one. That and our Top 3 “Science gone bad” movies.
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