HUMANE – “Darkly funny and oh-so compelling”

humane

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DIRECTOR

Directed by: Caitlin Cronenberg

MAIN CAST

Jay Baruchel as Jared
Emily Hampshire as Rachel
Peter Gallagher as Charles
Enrico Colantoni as Bob
Sebastian Chacon as Noah

SYNOPSIS

Taking place over one day and mere months after a global ecological collapse has forced world leaders to take extreme measures to reduce the earth's population, a recently retired newsman enlists in the nation's new euthanasia program.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Darkly funny and oh-so compelling, Humane stands as worthy feature debut for Caitlin Cronenberg. Yes, of that Cronenberg family. Don’t expect trippy body horror here though, this is much more grounded in its approach. What we get is a high concept sociopolitical sci-fi thriller that turns into a bit of slasher horror show by the end. Trust me, there’s a lot to chew on when it comes to the premise. However, the movie, rather frustratingly, doesn’t drill too deep into all the aspects that come from the concept. It only gives it a shallow exploration at best. I mean, there’s plenty to be said about the way it addresses human selfishness and morality as a whole, but the tepid sophistication holds it back from truly resonating. Regardless of how much it’ll make you think after the credits role, it’s always intriguing while you’re watching. Plus, it’s clear the cast is having fun embracing the madness of it all. Baruchel and Hampshire are especially entertaining, while Enrico Colantoni makes for a more than effective “bad guy.” There really is a lot to like about this wicked little film. So go on, don’t worry about being greedy, and check out Humane!

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