The Human Surge (El auge del humano) (2017)

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Critic Consensus: The Human Surge is bravely idiosyncratic, although its more inscrutable elements may prove distancing for some viewers.

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Buenos Aires. Exe, 25 years old, has just lost his job and is not looking for another one. His neighbors and friends seem as odd to him as they always do. 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. Through the dense vegetation of the forest, Archie tracks ants back to their nest. One of them wanders off course and comes across Canh, a Filipino, sitting on top of a giant heap of earth and who is about to go back to his strange, beautiful home town.

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Though the picture is admirable on a conceptual level, its execution is incoherent, interminable and a colossal strain on the eyes.

Mar 3, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 28, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Surreal and wordlessly unsettling, Eduardo Williams' globe-crossing feature The Human Surge is intimate and pleasurably inscrutable.

Feb 28, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 9, 2017 | Full Review…
Variety
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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.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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