Director Paul Hough’s latest film finds a group of people competing in a sinister marathon where the rules are excessively brutal, but all too familiar: “If you are lapped, you die. If you step off the path, you die. Many will start but only one may cross the finish line alive.”
Cue the raving comparisons to The Long Walk, The Running Man, and I am sure someone will throw in The Hunger Games as well.
I am not going to get into a discussion on formula plotting right now, but I will say that I am willing to give the film the benefit of the doubt for a couple of reasons. First of all, Paul Hough is the director of The Backyard. While I have never seen this film, the IMDB plot synopsis tells me that it is a documentary on the brutality of underground backyard wrestling and the lengths many will go to to win. This tells me that Hough has seen the real-life savagery of humans first hand, and he should know how to translate that savagery into an even more extreme setting.
Which brings me to point number two, and that is the title of The Human Race. Yes, they are humans, and yes, they are competing in a race. However, it is my hope that this title is also a metaphor for the race we humans run every day. We may not be butchering each other left and right (yet), but how often do we figuratively kill off those weaker and slower than us? How often do we cheat and do anything possible to win? And how often do we underestimate those around us based on appearance? I get the feeling that this guy with only one leg is going to be more competition than the others may think.
We will know more when Fantasia storms Montreal July 19-August 7. In the mean time, check out the image below. On your marks, get set, kill.
Source: Bloody Disgusting