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Antisocial
Friday, July 4, 2014
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Studio: Anchor Bay

Reviewed by: Jonny Botsch

As a new virus unleashes itself upon the world, five friends have locked themselves inside their appartment trying to weather the storm of crazies and raging infected. As ninety minutes of this movie rolls by, each of the friends succumb to the infectious threat.

This is a tense, claustrophic, and paranoid thriller in the vein of Cabin Fever…though not quite as effective or gruesome. Separating itself from Roth's Cabin Fever by setting it in an urban environment instead of an isolating rural camping experience, and the psychotic and violent infected give Antisocial more of a 28 Days Later or The Crazies feel. Another theme of the movie is social media. As the virus hits the city and people start to hide in their houses, their only means of communication is through video chats and sites like Facebook (in this universe called the Social Redroom). As if this wouldn't date the movie enough as years pass it by, the movie eventually becomes another technological terror genre film like The Ring or Fear Dot Com. Truly, the movie is far better than Fear Dot Com but the weak social commentary is corny and takes the mickey out of the rest of the movie.

In a film about paranoia and tension, the less realistic it gets, the less effective the scares. Still, Antisocial isn't the worst way to spend an hour and a half. The performances are decent, the cinematography is passable, and it’s a pretty good movie for the whole first half.




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