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  • Directors: Paul Hough
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warwick Films
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar. 2014
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GV7MQ76
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,134 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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If you're a fan of Battle Royale or The Hunger Games you will be captivated by the Human Race. Veronica suddenly finds herself in a surreal and horrifying marathon race. The Rules are simple: If you are lapped, you die. If you step off the path, you die. 80 will start but only one may cross the finishing line .... alive. Who will win the Human Race?

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80 people are ripped out of their daily lives and are all taken to an undisclosed location. These people are from all walks of life: young and old, athletic and disabled, working class and homeless.

The rules to are depicted as words in their heads, using their own voice and language, laying out what will become a horrific race of survival.

If you are lapped twice, you die. If you step off the path, you die. If you touch the grass, you will die. Rules are simple, but the runners aren't.......

Its a sound idea, executed with an element of success, but the fundamental flaw of the film is that the majority of the characters are highly unlikeable, and the ones that appear to be 'good' end up doing abhorrent acts that make you dislike them.

The ones that do this in the most bizarre way are the one legged chap, and the deaf couple. They obviously stray off the path in more ways than one.

Another thing, the film makers obviously tried to be as controversial as they could, but the scene with the pregnant woman is awful, and should not have been in the film, it was just included to shock, and its exploitative nonsense that ruined the flow of the film.

Oh, and there is that little bit at the beginning of the second act with the vicar explaining in the best Basil Exposition that the film is subliminally about religion, sin, and redemption. The only thing that was missing from that scene was the vicar looking at the camera, winking, and holding his thumbs up.

But the first scene is genius, borrowed from Psycho, but genius. We are introduced to a character who is told she has a terminal condition, then we see her train and train, and then she is told she is in remission, and then, well it's the best bit of the film.

Worth seeing, but messages and exploitation are just too heavy handed. And the ending is silly.
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Have you seen ‘Scanners?’ Did you like the bit when the head explodes? If you answered ‘Yes’ to that then you should definitely watch ‘The Human Race.’ It’s a film primarily about people’s heads exploding (occasionally interspersed with the odd pick-axe through someone’s neck). However, what little ‘story’ there is when brains aren’t flying towards the camera, concerns a seemingly random group of people who get spirited away from their everyday lives, only to find themselves part of a twisted and lethal game where they have to race each other... or their heads explode.

Think ‘Battle Royale’ or ‘The Cube.’ It’s kind of like that (only with more exploding heads).

And, believe it or not, it’s actually quite good. Yes, there isn’t much of a budget; what little money went into making this film was primarily spent on blood flying from holes in people’s necks. Naturally, they couldn’t afford and big names either, but it’s still quite a fun little sci-fi/survival-horror film to watch. Any negative criticism that it seems to have attracted centres around a ‘lack of story.’ Yes, there’s not much of a story, but there was there much of a story in Battle Royale? There’s only so much of a story you can build around eighty people who have to force each other’s head to explode in order to survive.

If you like your films short, sweet and filled with decapitated bodies, then give this one a go.

And remember... keep off the grass.
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A group of about 80 people suddenly appear on a sidewalk and must compete in a race or die. There are rules to this race, ones that must be followed, or you die...such as no stepping on the grass. If you are lapped twice, you also die. In an attempt to keep people alive several came up with the idea that everyone stay inside a house and not run. However true to society, or the human race, one person starts running, so everyone must now run. The film was in part, designed to look at the human race in this microcosm as competition vs. cooperation. We see the best and worse come out in us as things degrade to a free-for-all.

The question they raise is "why" which is one the viewer must endure also. The clues are minor. Any seasoned film watcher would have the reason on their short list. The film ended leaving itself open for a sequel. The main problem with the film is that it took too long to get to the end. Things got boring as we waited for an answer. The main character acting was good. Trista Robinson and Eddie McGee were convincing.

This is not a film for everyone. Decent rental. 3 1/2 stars

Parental Guide: F-bombs (spoken, written and signed). No sex or nudity. Attempted rape?
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Eighty people from all walks of life find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings
where they are told 'race or die'
It seems an uneven playing field as among the eighty starters there are 'old'
'disabled' 'young' 'very young' 'fit' and 'unfit'
They are told if they stray off the course ...they die, if they are lapped twice
they die, only the winner lives.
Surely the fittest among them will win ?
As the race is in progress, an occasional voice is heard....it's counting down
from eighty to one.
There are no prizes for friendship in this grim tale, as the race progresses
things become increasingly desperate and intense.
This is a tense and bloody affair.
Worth a spin (if you don't mind an awful lot of blood)
Special features :-
* Trailers.
* Directors commentary.
* Deleted scenes.
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