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The Human Surge (El auge del humano) Reviews

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February 27, 2017
If you enjoy sitting slumped in a theater while an ambitious filmmaker attempts to bore you to death, you shouldn't miss this stultifying feature debut from writer-director Eduardo Williams.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 9, 2017
Williams is a gifted director who only has better films in front of him; he appears to be a guy with a concise vision making exactly what he wants to make. Which might be why The Human Surge can't quite connect: Williams only made this for himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.9/10
January 24, 2019
The Human Surge was difficult to engage with; the handheld camera work is shaky and unfocused, the POV ventures into naturally (read poorly) lit spaces and Williams completely refuses to construct seamless linear progression...
March 3, 2017
Though the picture is admirable on a conceptual level, its execution is incoherent, interminable and a colossal strain on the eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 9, 2017
Lacking in narrative or character (the film is all theme and no story), the payoff moments for all one's carefully invested attention are few and far between.
February 24, 2017
The film's default state is an ambient inertia that gestures vaguely in multiple directions without concerning itself with the hard work of constructing an argument, a convincing milieu, or even a compelling mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 1, 2017
A fill-in-the-blanks effort that goes out of its way to repel at every winding turn.
July 11, 2017
There are two bravura shots in The Human Surge... Otherwise, well, it's tough going.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 2, 2017
Just when you think you've got the movie pegged, it pulls a daring switch of perspective. While the thrill of that little coup is short-lived, it suggests that Mr. Williams may come up with something more substantial with his next feature.
July 7, 2017
There is something exasperating in the way it withholds the pleasures of film from its audience, allowing long stretches to unfold with no lighting and semi-audible dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 28, 2017
It's not so much deliberately confrontational in the way so many experimental films are (or pride themselves on being), but rather risk-taking for the sake of something almost impossible to articulate -- even if based in something obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 23, 2019
William's perspective itself could be enough to stimulate the audience, but his camera and composition add an impressive cinematographic vocabulary to it. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 3, 2017
As an immersive, unpredictable sensory experience, on the other hand, this is a prodigious accomplishment from a filmmaker full of ideas about rhythm, texture, and scale.
February 28, 2017
Surreal and wordlessly unsettling, Eduardo Williams' globe-crossing feature The Human Surge is intimate and pleasurably inscrutable.
August 7, 2018
Williams sympathizes with his protagonists, though his film is too fluid and keen on catching the quirkiness of everyday speech and capturing languid moods to act as agitprop.
March 3, 2017
This conundrum that can be found all over the Internet, to be sure, but rarely with such enigmatic eroticism or breathtaking technique. Like the best nonfiction work of the past few years, it encourages us to look differently at every moving image we see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 10, 2017
In Williams' film, this pulse of energy is everywhere, running through and between all of the subjects: human, animal, material, ambient, and machinic.
April 26, 2018
This is post-Costa cinema, slow but chopped to average feature length, puzzling, engrossing, and alienating.
March 3, 2017
It makes for an exhilarating, boldly paradoxical experience-a headlong dive into the rich, knotty, sticky undergrowth amid a proliferation of tidy, well-lit paths.
February 28, 2017
This is a heckuva stimulating cinematic achievement for a relative newcomer. The Human Surge offers a shrewd commentary on the dissonance of technological connectivity and personal communication.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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