Buenos Aires. Exe, 25 years old, has just lost his job and is not looking for another one. Online, he meets Alf, a boy from Mozambique who is also bored with his job and who is about to follow Archie, another boy who has run away into the jungle.
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Commanding assertion of a fledgling vision. THE HUMAN SURGE is a tremendous achievement, formally self-generative, exploratory, UFO-like. Maybe a little too Undergrad Philosophy. I'm reminded of the title card in Godard's WEEKEND: "a film found on a scrap heap." (I mean that in the best way possible.) In some ways it also invokes some of the bulky networked films of Richard Linklater. One hell of a calling card.
Digital. Indie Lisboa # 8. Another nth film that practices a persecutory handy camera's realism, shaking like Lilian Gish's hair in Sjostrom's wind, which finds no interest in his project other than the tricks that in the fiction allow to do "Ah!". The links between the various parts are good, but too inflated, while what happens in each chapter is a strenuous attempt to attach a discursiveness to it.
Interesting debut feature from Williams that follows the actions/daily life of young men on three different continents that entails 'feeding an insatiable need for human connection through technology (Koresky, Film Comment)'. Slow cinema with a couple of rewarding sequences notably the ant hill sequence. Not for all tastes.
Acest film este "Slacker" nou în anii' 10. Călătorind în trei continente, acest film descrie, într-un mod scurt și la obiect, trei tineri care își trăiesc viață languroasă și annulus nesfârșit al apocalipsei călduțe ia la suprafață de granularitate. Este destul de ciudat dar temerar și nemaivăzut. // 今作は2010年代における新たなる「スラッカー」だ。3つの大陸を股にかけ、3人の若者が気怠い日常を生きる姿を執拗かつ淡々と描き出す末、フィルムの粒子に生温い黙示録の終わりなき螺旋が浮かび上がる。頗る奇妙だが大胆不敵で素晴らしい。
It has its moments of brilliance - like the contrast between our primitive construction, the urge to move back to the jungle vs the complicated, cyber artificial society that we created. Unfortunately, majority of the time we spend following random guys, watching how they make money on gay video chat-rooms and the sort... An aimless journey, meandering around a very cool idea, but not really finding it.
An interesting film from writer-director Eduardo WIlliams, The Human Surge would be better if each of the three main narrative strands felt like they had more of a point. As things stand, it's really the way in which Williams moves from one story to the other that seems to hold the key to the message - a rather simplistic one about technology linking people of the world while not really changing their lot in life.
A globe-trotting Slacker update, although lacking the straight-up political vitality of Linklater's 90s classic. In its stead is a sly look at the online world in all its glory. A worthy companion to Citizenfour as one of the must-see Internet movies of our time.