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The Human Race Review

Review: The Human Race / Cert: 18 / Director: Paul Hough / Screenplay: Paul Hough / Starring: Paul McCarthy-Boyington. Eddie McGee, Trista Robinson, T. Arthur Cottam / Release Date: Out Now

When 80 people are abducted by an unknown entity in a blinding light and are forced to participate in a brutal race with only one winner allowed, the battle of self-preservation begins.

The Human Race is Richard Bachman’s The Long Walk meets Battle Royale and what a fast-paced, roller coaster ride it is. The rules are simple: step on the grass or gravitate away from the course and you die. Get lapped twice, you die. As people panic, try to escape or ever break the rules by accident, they are eliminated one by one in a grisly, head-exploding fashion with plenty of bloodshed to go around.

Hough has crafted an intelligent script with complex characters who change in drastic yet thoroughly believable ways when it comes down to dog-eat-dog survival. Justin (McCarthy-Boyington) and his war veteran buddy, Eddie (McGee), are the rational ones of the surviving group. Justin begins to figure out that there might be a way to beat their captors at their own game when an unexpected event alters everything.

The Human Race is brilliant on all levels, especially when you consider what Hough has done with his limited budget. Every actor turns in a solid performance, but the one who shines the most is Eddie McGee. He’s a charismatic, thinking man’s hero excelling at surmising situations and taking action where need be. Expect McGee’s acting career to go far after this film.

Well-written with unexpected twists and turns complemented by outstanding performances, The Human Race is a refreshing movie that deserves to be on the radar of SF fans.

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0 #4 Andrew Marshall 2014-03-03 16:05
I reviewed this for another site yesterday and while I didn't enjoy it quite as much as you clearly did, it's definitely way above what's being bitched by armchair cineastes whose mission in life seems to be to tell everyone how bad the film is.

I don't think the race needed quite as many participants, since the constant countdown relating to unseen deaths is the only acknowledgment of the existence of many of them that we actually get. That said, what we do see says a lot about the human condition and the depths to which people will descend in extreme situations.

As well as the obvious, I also think the film is worth comparing to Cube, in that an explanation of the unknown situation or reasons why everyone's there both are irrelevant, and that everyone has to keep ploughing forward if they want to make it out alive.
+1 #3 Dwankie Dave 2014-03-03 15:44
Quoting TekBoi:
You are crazy if you think this movie deserves anything more than a 2 out of 10. If this movie is a 9, then tell me what movies like Wolf on Wall Street, 12 Years Slave, or Rush?

Its all about sci-fi, horror and fantasy, here. No room for your Oscar nominees in these parts, sir. Here, we embrace the alternative!
0 #2 Whitney Scott Bain 2014-02-27 19:37
Have you ever read Lord of the Flies or the Most Dangerous Game? If you have then you would get this film.
-2 #1 TekBoi 2014-01-29 18:23
You are crazy if you think this movie deserves anything more than a 2 out of 10. If this movie is a 9, then tell me what movies like Wolf on Wall Street, 12 Years Slave, or Rush?

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