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The Human Race [DVD]
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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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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.
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.
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?
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 :-
* Directors commentary.
* Deleted scenes.
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