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 super sensation Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans.
Like all the best science fiction, it speaks directly to our age and feels like a hideous warning: if this film’s fixation on celebrity bodies disgusts, it is merely taking its cue from the likes of The National Enquirer and its ilk.
Brandon Cronenberg, that is – the son of erstwhile "body horror" maestro David.
Imagine a poutier, even frecklier Eddie Redmayne, and you’re halfway to Jones’s alien looks, which Cronenberg isolates against yards of white wall for effect.
The movie is more thinkpiece than thriller, and the plot sometimes coasts a little, but it has a horrific Orwellian suggestiveness and the coldly arresting style to back it up.
It won’t do to shrug it off as a jejune clone of dad’s low-budget body-horror pictures (Shivers, Rabid), because there’s real muscle in its ideas, a potent kind of satirical despair, and a level of craft you rarely expect from a first-timer.
Celebrity obsession has tipped over the edge in this chilly vision of the near-future, where biotech firms compete to harvest stars’ ailments – cold sores, STDs, even fatal viruses – and pass them on to paying fans.What does the love life of this charming and cheerful actor look like?Does he have a girlfriend, or has sole focus on his career? The love life of Caleb Landry Jones is as mysterious as it can be, as he has never revealed anything about his love life or dating affairs.He doesn't inject into a vein, so tapping on his arm is pointless and does absolutely nothing.See more » In the future, companies make bank by injecting people with the viruses contracted by their most revered super-celebrities, in a twisted effort to become closer to their idols.Protagonist Syd (Caleb Landry Jones) works in the modish Lucas Clinic, where clients pay to be injected with illnesses that their favourite stars have recently suffered.