Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Human Race
Releases June 13, 2014 (Limited) June 21, 2014 (Nationally)
1 hr 27 mins
Not Rated
Action/Adventure, Horror



Paul Hough


Paul McCarthy-Boyington as Justin
Eddie McGee as Eddie
Trista Robinson as Deaf Female
T. Arthur Cottam as Deaf Male
Brianna Lauren Jackson as Veronica
Fred Coury as Yellow Jersey
B. Anthony Cohen as The Priest
Noel Britton as Stressed Out
J. Louis Reid as War Vet
Celine Tien as Ting
Ian Tien as Shio Lau
Richard Gale as Evil Brother
Luke Y. Thompson as Orange Vest
Jonica Patella as Homeless
Trip Hope as Jim Phillips (as A.K. Walker)

Review by Stephen M.

In THE HUMAN RACE a group of 80 people are ripped out of their daily lives and all re-appear in an undisclosed location. These people are from all walks of life: young and old, athletic and disabled, white-collared and homeless. The rules to a race boom in their heads, in their own voice and language, laying out what will become a horrific race of terror: '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.'

THE HUMAN RACE is a surprisingly sick look at human's instinct to survive at all cost when given a simple choice of race or die.  Director/Writer Paul Hough pushes boundaries that even the HUNGER GAMES (2012) doesn't, bringing back memories of BATTLE ROYALE (2000).  While they may share some similarities, any comparison between those two films and THE HUMAN RACE would be an injustice given its unique take on the genre.

Admittedly, you'll start off quite confused in the beginning of the film.  The Director oddly chooses to build up a character that quite frankly doesn't last too long in the race.  And that's putting it mildly.  Why this time was spent in doing so is quite odd.  But perhaps that's what he was going for, the unexpected.  And that really sums up the movie as the group of 80 racers from across a spectrum of society on a seemingly random block is transported to this place to race.  

The movie centers on Eddie (Eddie McGee) who is a war vet with his left leg amputated and two deaf friends played by Trista Robinson and T. Arthur Cottam.  All three as well as the cast does an amazing job in their performances.  Trista Robinson is especially amazing given her limitations to speak as a deaf character.  She plays a range of emotions as her character is rammed through the gamut of obstacles a human can endure including betrayal.  The fact that the three main characters are handicapped in some manner speaks volume of the possibilities in how and who we perceive as the Hollywood lead.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie more than I expected.  It's quite bloody and gruesome.  The only faults I would have with the movie is the beginning as I mentioned before as well some discrepancies with the rules of lapping and following the signs to stay on the path.  For example, towards the end it's quite clear that Fred Coury as the man in the yellow jersey had passed the deaf friends twice but yet nothing.  Despite this, the film is worth watching though the ending may or may not be to your liking when you find out what the race was actually for.


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