Sunday, February 23, 2014

FILM REVIEW: The Human Race

The Human Race is a 2014 horror film directed and written by Paul Hough. It is set to be released in the US on the 21 June 2014. The film stars Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Eddie McGee and Trista Robinson

PLOT 

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. Many will start but only one may cross the finish line alive.


WHY I WATCHED 

Trailer porn plain and simple. Those who often read my stuff know that as a rule I like to stay well away from trailers though that does mainly apply to trailers for TV episodes which only serve to ruin the interesting spins that happen more than you think on TV. I think I found this particular trailer when I clicked an embedded YouTube video somewhere.

WHAT I THOUGHT

I was confused at the beginning, which I blame on the trailer it leads into thinking this film is more straightforward than it actually is. Not being straightforward I think is a good thing especially given the subject matter and the film certainly holds your attention while you try to figure out exactly how things fit together.



The characters in this are an interesting bunch they are fleshed out enough that you start playing favourites despite yourself because describing most of these people as likable would be somewhat of a stretch. Still though by the time things really get cooking, most likely you will have one or two people you want to see more of if not someone you want to see survive. The Human Race does a lot with a little, proving effectively that when a film keeps things type the budget doesn’t have to spiral out of control.



The plot allows the film makers to keep things reasonably small but still with a wide enough scope that you don't feel the story is dragging or not going anywhere. I don’t want to go into the details of what happens suffice to say it is gory and poses the usual questions about what people outside of society, outside of normal rules will do when given the chance and the results are bloody. The Human Race is a horror film with an interesting twist and an engaging plot more than worth your time and certainly one for the horror fans to take note of even.

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