I see no reason to downgrade this film. It is a practice in abstraction, in expressing a reality of places in the world most of us will never witness. And choosing that idea as your medium, that is art, that is mystery brought to life. I don’t think one ought to ask for anything more in film
ultimately boring. the movie is so dark that there seems to be nothing but poor natural light which is large distraction to the plot which is not to bad in and of itself. the plot feels somewhat relate able in the sense that its about young people struggling which most people have had to go through at the beginning of their adult life. overall though the film is slow and monotonous
Somewhat tedious and voyeuristic for the first 2/3. Like watching an extended cat video on YouTube. Maybe that’s the point. From the anthill on more watchable and better done. Half of a film. If this is the ‘future of cinema’ I think I’ll just go to sleep right now.
despite the great beauty and accomplishments of this film, there is just something gimmicky about it that seems to pander to an anticipated critical response. The title is really fitting for the futuristic/dystopic feeling....but I feel like this piece is better suited for an installation that people can walk in and out of, not something you sit and take in in its entirety.
Something about this film felt inevitable; parallel to an increase in World Press Photo submissions featuring people w/ cell phones who just a few years ago wouldn't have had them... Now finally a fully global generation. The film feels both defining & anonymous; so necessarily emerging from this time that it blends in like wallpaper. I'll probably never think of it again, except maybe academically. Still, ambitious!
Meandering with lighting that seems to be on auto-adjust (weirdly this gave the film an interesting visual unpredictability) and hinged around scenes of offbeat, curious conversations. Could easily feel self indulgent but is too light on its feet for that to happen. Reminded me in places of Carlos Reygadas and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
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.
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.
when i saw the scene of nature,in the constant shiny white surges,people crosses by turn with the pleasure,i was thrilled by something.young and boundless cinema,looking at human. makes me believe that the essential things of ourselves will be continued in the future even with changing the shape.
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.
Audacious shit. Its reach exceeds its grasp, but I'm not one to bemoan such things, esp. with a view of technology and capitalism that feel embedded rather than discursive. I hadn't read anything before I pressed play and naturally was occasionally stunned. The natural transgressions, the ease with which people navigate online and communal spaces, Donna Haraway would respect it.
The rhythm is both restless and at times relaxing, capturing lost youth - that uncertain feeling of moving through the world without a concrete destination. The detached scenes reflect realistically the monotone and mundane routine of life. The moving camera following the group with every footstep creates an intimate atmosphere and makes me feel like I'm one of the characters.