The Human Race (2013)

Plot Overview

Eighty random people find themselves in a random location. They all hear the rules over and over “‘If you are lapped twice, you die. If you step off the path, you die. If you touch the grass, you will die. Race… or die”.

Review

Despite this film not being very good, I have a lot of things to say about it. Firstly, the acting was pretty bad. The actors were tolerable but nowhere near strong enough to carry this kind of film. This film does actually spend a fair bit of time with our main characters, so we really needed characters that felt realistic or/and characters we could root for. One thing I liked was how quite a few of the characters had disabilities and yet, none of them were defined by their disability and whilst they came into play during the film, it was never used to force sympathy on them or make them seem extra-flawed; they just were. The main two leads were fairly likable but the actors didn’t have much in the way of screen presence. One of them kinda looked like how I’d imagine Christoph Waltz’ not-as-attractive American cousin might look, so he helped a little.

Why, hello there, Mr Eye Candy.
Why, hello there, Mr Eye Candy.

Another cool thing regarding the characters was

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I also really liked the fact that they were not afraid of literally killing everyone. No-one was safe and it avoided being overly in-your-face and shocking with some of the deaths, but also not being overly cautious and keeping them off-screen. A few examples of this greatness:

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The writing was even worse than the acting. The dialogue was very cheesy, simple and forced. The characters often made decisions that made no sense or decisions that didn’t feel believable – especially regarding the desperate measures people started taking, it seemed like it was too soon and too extreme. It didn’t really touch the surface of the kind of psychological aspects this kind of film could reach, and it just sort of hovered around ‘exploding heads and a couple of psychos’.

Summary

The idea was so great and there were things in there that I liked, but they were too few and far apart. This film either needed to be gorier or more dark and psychological. Stronger actors and a better director would’ve been useful because it’s quite bland as is and it’s difficult to keep your interest. It also felt too rushed, yet too long at the same time.

Rating: 5/10

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