A Dangerous Cure

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Film

A Dangerous Cure is an 2014 American science fiction/horror film written and directed by Kevin Jarvis starring Malinda Walford as Savia, a tabloid news journalist who is trying to find the cure of a deadly epidemic during the chaos of the 2001 economic recession. It is the first feature film by Kevin Jarvis, and mixes an assortment of film genres such as the crime film, documentary, educational, and experimental to create a visually driven narrative film.[1][2]

Plot

When fame obsessed Savia loses her job due to the economic recession of 2001, she resorts to doing a news story about a strange epidemic that is quickly taking peoples' lives. Her reporting takes her into underworlds where barely living epidemic victims explain their viewpoint of the 21st century and technology and how it is destroying society. She soon discovers the technology is the root of the epidemic.

Cast

  • Malinda Walford as Savia
  • Delton Henderson as Dr. Delton
  • Sean Pritchard as Dr. Helios
  • Jeff Byblee as Epidemic Victim
  • Alexander Elisa as Blind Cameraman
  • Susan Yung as Epidemic Victim

Influences

A Dangerous Cure is influenced by many literary and film sources such as Alberto Moravia's The Conformist and Wally Ferris's novel Across 110th Street, the films of Shinya Tsukamoto, the crime films of Kinji Fukasaku, Dusan Makavejev's documentary W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism, 1960s montage documentaries such as Far from Vietnam, Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point, and Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey.[no citations needed here]

Theatrical Release

A Dangerous Cure was released theatrically in New York City at the Maysles Cinema on January 16, 2014.[2] From there, the film had a limited theatrical run across the United States. Other cities that were part of the tour were Minneapolis, MN and The Limelight Cinema in Bellingham, WA.[3][4]

Critical response

Modern Griot Review: "A Dangerous Cure gives another take on an old tension of ours that we see in other stories like Frankenstein — how we use technology to escape our fears of death and to advance our societies, but how sometimes it actually leads us faster to our destruction. It is humbling reminder of our mortality and our imperfections. As we again reach the brink of end, how do we teach ourselves to use technology in conjunction with nature and not against it, how do we recognize the dangers of our own technology, how do we not escape our lives, our inevitable mortality and the cycles of nature. How do we keep the soul in the machine?"[3]

Eye For Film Review: "A kaleidoscope of real ground-level footage, overtly staged interviews (with broad performances to underline the artifice), and invented scenarios, A Dangerous Cure takes early 21st century anxieties - the gentrification of Harlem, the 2001 recession, 9/11, the inadequacies of public health, the scourge of drugs, the opportunistic predations of religion, the invasiveness of the media, and the inexorable rise of technology - and weaves from them an alternative gonzo history of the Noughties."[1]

Underground Film Journal: "Jarvis has stated that the film was made over the course of six years and describes it as an homage to ’60s modernist collage movies."[2]

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