The Human Race Movie Review

Simon Rother

“The school, the house, and the prison are safe. Follow the arrows, or you will die. Stay on the path, or you will die. If you are lapped twice, you will die. Do not touch the grass, or you will die. Race… or die.” This is what you hear, coming from your own voice, in your own language, when you are unfortunately chosen for the race. “The Human Race” made its world premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

One hundred individuals are chosen by an anonymous being, instantly disappearing from where they were to appear on a path, prepared for the race. Each person hears the message written above, in their own language, with their own voice, and instantly need to race and survive. People of different sexes, different ethnic backgrounds, and different physical capacities are thrown in. The race begins, and so does the violence for survival.

What I love about this movie, is that it doesn’t give two rats’ asses if you’re missing a leg, deaf, or pregnant; every character is put to the test and no one is spared. If you’re reluctant to race and fight, most likely you will not survive. Some little unexpected surprises along the way keep you on the edge of your seat in addition to some much appreciated gore. Each character has a different personality and you learn to adore some and despise others. A little bit of déjà vu, as movies like “Battle Royale” and “The Hunger Games” have similar participant-elimination concepts, yet without the racing aspect added to it.

A superb finale concludes the movie, with an innovative idea to finish it off. The two main actors are great, especially Eddie McGee (the actor with one leg) who delivers a brilliant performance, even in action scenes that allow him to extract an advantage out of his disability.

A mixture between “Battle Royale”, “The Hunger Games”, and the TV show, “The Amazing Race”. Never a dull moment throughout the movie, as you will constantly be entertained. Highly recommended to be viewed when you can. Deserves 4 stars out of 5.

4 / 5 stars     


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      1. Raymond Allen Burlew III August 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm

        Great,luck kids!

      2. tj goldstein November 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm

        why is he holding the microphone like a complete tool? If he is trying to be ‘edgy’ or trendy, it ain’t working.. he just comes across as a moronic wannabe Hipster! Does not make me want to see the film at all.

        • Peter April 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm

          Watch the movie before you comment. It’s not X factor so no mic!!!

      3. simon January 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm

        not a microphone, watch the film to see what it is, gorey and upsetting and very tooth in nail stuff. worth watching

      4. Shyam Chathuranga February 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

        I watched the movie few minutes ago. But I don’t understand what happens at the end. Also what’s the catch of this movie?

        • roberto sa (@saporob) March 1, 2014 at 2:48 am

          It’s easy…. This is a game created by aliens played by other captured aliens… In the movie you see the first selection among humans. At the end the human winner has to play against other species.

      5. Mr D Gi February 4, 2014 at 9:25 am

        cant take film seriously, the man has a left leg amputated. But in an early scene when walking with his friend it is the right leg. So off putting it stopped me watching the rest of the film

        • Fred February 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm

          The actor, Eddie McGee, is a REAL amutee, so I don’t really think you can see him switching legs…

        • Peter April 8, 2014 at 4:28 pm

          He was facing the other way. Clown lol!

        • Kevin Hosea (@Hoseke03) June 12, 2014 at 6:06 pm

          Mr. D Gi…you’re an idiot. I personally know Eddie. He actually is a single leg amputee so he definitely doesn’t change which leg is missing. His left leg is ACTUALLY gone.

      6. ninjaboy3 February 7, 2014 at 10:03 am

        I did not like the movie , questions 1. Why involve a God then have another man praying too another one. 2. Was it god or Ailens 3. was this meant to be a humanity film save the old ?? Did not get it no explanation. Battle Royal much better no comparison.

        • Shyam Chathuranga February 10, 2014 at 4:32 pm

          That’s true. There is no any explanation what’s the pirpose of this movie, except exploding! Boom!

        • roberto sa (@saporob) March 1, 2014 at 2:51 am

          Are you kidding or don’t you ever watched the movie? There is no God. At the end is clear aliens abduct people and other species for their funny games…

      7. Alien February 18, 2014 at 5:55 am

        Guys isn’t so difficult to understand,an alien superior race pick up 80 random human to find the one that can handle the final battle against other 2 alien race(that had the same trial).is a simple transposition of what the Roman Empire did in the colosseum with the other population.
        Hope I help to understand the movie :)

      8. Al March 15, 2014 at 11:48 pm

        Right, but…what “Esiron” is?

        • Peter April 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm

          Another planet.