A very promising debut feature. Before Syd can proceed further, he is abducted by Levine and incarcerated in a room where his deterioration and death will be broadcast on to sate Hannah's fans, who could not witness her death. Celebrity culture is completely bodily obsessed - who has the most cellulite, who has fungus feet? Syd learns from Hannah's physician Dr. After Derek is caught smuggling and arrested, Lucas asks Syd to take his place and harvest a pathogen from Hannah, who has recently fallen ill. Hannah's death was fabricated to protect her, but she is shown to be in the extreme stages of the illness, extremely weak and bleeding from her mouth. Viruses injected into her system are sold. Abendroth reveals to Syd that the virus is a modified version of an illness that Hannah has had before, and that he himself has an infatuation with her, having had samples of her skin grafted to his own arm.
The sterile clean sets is a beautiful backdrop to the intense obsession we have with celebrity culture-- to the point of 'cannibalism' and disease. Levine offers to fix the console in exchange for samples of Syd's blood, but Syd refuses. Celebrity culture completely fetishizes the body and so I thought the film should also fetishize the body - in a very grotesque way. To make extra money, Syd uses his own body as an incubator, steals pathogens from the lab, and sells them on the. . Once he has taken a blood sample from Hannah, Syd quickly injects himself with some of her blood. And afterwards I tried to think of a character who would see a disease that way and I thought: a celebrity-obsessed fan.
He must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate. And we all have such a craving for knowledge for celebrities and to be them and live life like them. Later, while alone, Syd cuts the arm and drinks the flowing blood; it is revealed the arm is in fact Hannah's, as her deformed face and body are shown to be in the Cell Garden chamber. Post City Magazines September 2012. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body. In the Blu-Ray bonus features, Brandon talks about how he got the idea for the film when he got intensly sick and he though about the deeply personal connection you experience when you have a virus in you from another person.
The revised film was first shown at the , and was a co-winner, alongside 's , of the festival's award. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills super sensation Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. Biological communion - for a price. In particular, the pathogens supplied by the Lucas Clinic's exclusive celebrity Hannah Geist are extremely popular, and another employee at the clinic, Derek Lessing Reid Morgan , is responsible for harvesting them from Hannah directly. The next day, a severely ill Syd is approached by two men, who drive him to an undisclosed location where Hannah is actually still alive. I found this film very insightful, and unfortunately-- not far off from our current obsessed culture. Eiskalter Sci-Fi-Thriller über den grotesken Handel mit den Krankheiten der Stars.
And a minor complaint: the butcher character mumbles most of his lines. Syd March arbeitet in einer Klinik, welche Viren von berühmten Personen als Injektionen, an obsessive Fans teuer verkauft. Oleh Layarkaca21 Synopsis Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. He then passes the pathogens to Arvid , who works at Astral Bodies, a celebrity where meat is grown from the cells of celebrities for consumption. Cronenberg re-edited the film after the festival to make it tighter, trimming nearly six minutes out of the film.
Nebenbei schmuggelt er Proben dieser Viren in seinem eigenen Körper aus der Klinik heraus und beliefert kleine Piratengruppen für den biologischen Austausch von Zellmaterial. He experiences the first symptoms, fever and disorientation, rapidly, and he leaves work early. Als er sich jedoch selbst mit dem tödlichen Virus einer bereits verstorbenen Prominenten infiziert, gerät er ins Visier von fanatischen Fans. Desperate to fix his console, he approaches Arvid, who sets up a meeting with Levine, the leader of the piracy group. His attempts to remove the virus' copy protection are unsuccessful, and the console is destroyed during the process. As Syd begins to show the final symptoms, he escapes by spearing Levine in the mouth with a syringe and holding a nurse hostage with his infected blood. I look forward to the next generation of Cronenberg films.
When Syd awakens from severe delirium the next day, he discovers Hannah has died from the unknown disease, and all products harvested from her have skyrocketed in popularity. To do so, he uses a stolen console to break the copy protection placed on the virus by the clinic; once injected in a client, the pathogen is rendered incommunicable. Levine subdues him and forcibly takes samples from Syd, as the pathogen which killed Hannah is now hotly in demand on the black market, and lethal pathogens are not legal to distribute. Syd demonstrates a new virus as he sticks a needle into a genetically created arm. In this world I would have thought killing a celebrity would be the ultimate sin, but she just has a line about her position being legally airtight and the matter is dropped. But boy, do those gory ideas and notions linger in the mind. The film competed in the section at the.
Abendroth that the virus infecting them both has been intentionally engineered with a security measure to prevent analysis, which explains why Syd's console was destroyed. After becoming infected with the virus that killed superstar Hannah Geist, Syd March must unravel the mystery surrounding her death to save his own life. . . . . .
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