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Cast: Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Eddie McGee, Trista Robinson, T. Arthur Cottam, Brianna Lauren Jackson
Eighty people are abducted from a city street by an unknown entity and forced to participate in a brutal race to the death. The rules are simple; follow the arrows or you will die, step on the grass and you will die, get lapped twice and you will die. Only one participant will survive. Race or die. There can only be one winner, but who will survive and for what purpose?
"The Human Race" has been compared to "Battle Royale" for obvious reasons but do not be fooled, it is not even in the same league. The film lacks everything that made "Battle" a classic. The film is about 80 people who suddenly find themselves on a sidewalk, none know how they got there but they are told they must race or die. There are a few rules they must follow, stay off the grass or die and if you get lapped twice you die. There are a few safe areas to stay in but of course there is always going to be someone who thinks it is best to keep running which puts everyone else at risk.
The film is a low budget affair and it shows in several ways. For example the settings are not very creative at all and some of the acting is below average as well. Story wise the film starts off slow as it introduces the main characters, this gets a little tiresome but it is important for later in the film. Once the introductions are all done the film moves a long at a better pace and the action remains pretty constant through out.
"The Human Race" was a mixed bag for me, it does have its bad points but it also has its good as well and it brings a few of its own ideas to the table as well as being a little unpredictable at times. I would not rate this as high as other Critics have but I did enjoy it over all and I liked the ending a lot which was left open for a possible sequel.
I do recommend the film to action and thriller fans. Besides all the action and exploding heads the film also is thick in mystery and which keeps you watching, wanting to know how these people appeared there in the first place.
Available on DVD with Special Features that include:
Director and Cast Commentary
You can order it HERE.
To me the film was not something I would watch a second time but I do recommend a rental at least to see how much you like it before buying it.
Released by Xlrator Media
** 3/4 Out Of *****