Antibirth Blu-ray Review
“Antibirth” is an unfocused cinematic disaster.
The Plot: After a hard night of partying, the booze guzzling, chain smoking and drug addicted Lou awakens to find herself feeling rather off. She wonders if she might be pregnant and, as it turns out, she is even though she doesn’t know how it happened or why her pregnancy is advancing at an alarming rate. Upon investigating the matter with a strange woman (Lorna), the strange occurrences plaguing Lou may be linked to be an experimental drug that her best pal Sadie’s boyfriend Gabriel (a drug dealer and pimp) is peddling. What will happen to Lou? That would be spoiling the surprise.
Before watching “Antibirth,” I had heard rather mixed reactions to this indie cult psychedelic body horror film. Still, I was curious to check out this oddball film for myself if for no other reason than to see the stellar cast featuring Natasha Lyonne, Chloe Sevigny and Meg Tilly. Unfortunately, the only thing this movie made me feel was sorrow for the talented cast members who were involved with this unwatchable mess.
While some people may find writer/director Danny Perez’s “Antibirth” to be a wild out there experience, I cannot share those sentiments. To me, this is a case of style over substance as Perez is clearly more locked into creating freakish and revolting visuals than he is with crafting a coherent story. While there is a story here, it veers wildly in different directions (especially in the baffling climax). To say the script could have used a few rewrites is an understatement as much of the film simply feels like it was made on the fly. There’s so many subplots and ideas floating around, but none of them feel remotely developed. It doesn’t help that the film is so unpleasant and ugly that it makes it near impossible to care about where the story is going or what is happening on screen.
Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The dark and grimy looking film actually gets a solid hi-def transfer here.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A good track all around.
* DVD copy.
* “Antibirth” trailer.
* IFC Films trailers.
* 3 minutes of bizarre promotional marketing shorts.
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