Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Film Review: ANTIDOTE (2013)


ANTIDOTE ** USA 2013 Dir: Craig DiFolco, Pete DiFolco. 80 mins

In the grip of a devastating pandemic, Kate Flanagan and Michael Izquierdo wander through the wintry wilderness seeking a cure for the devastating virus that has recently infected him. Unfortunately, the known “antidote” is known for deadly side effects.
This modest, mostly two-handed, character-driven cinematic apocalypse unfolds over a few days and documents Izquierdo’s physical and mental decline. Largely avoiding the obvious gross outs, it’s appropriately doom-laden and starts out eerily evocative, but treads a ponderous and dramatically flat path to an underwhelming resolution. In a film like this, the performances need to be compelling, but the two leads are functional at best and their back-story the stuff of daytime TV drama. The low-key, underrated Scottish movie THE DEAD OUTSIDE (2008) tackled this kind of approach in a much more satisfying fashion.

Review by Steven West





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