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Oh, The Humanity Bureau!
Director Rob W. King and screenwriter Dave Schultz's engaging effort has enough standard genre elements to satisfy more open-minded sci-fi fans, and its political-allegory angle is ultimately quite potent without becoming too heavy-handed.
This is the fate of Nicolas Cage, doomed to wander the planet in a seemingly endless cinematic purgatory, and The Humanity Bureau is his latest descent into subgenre mediocrity.
The main problem... is that The Humanity Bureau is not special enough to have long legs in the future, and arguably certain plot elements and concepts have been better executed in various other movies before it.
It's not often you see a piece of Redbox ready pulp actively attempting to double as a protest film. There's value in that, even if its packaged as dumbass schlock.
Bleak future films like this are done too much. And this is not one of Nicolas Cage's best performances.
Apparently it's meant to be taken seriously, even as the scowling villain wears an eye patch.
The addition of Cage is one way to wake up the effort, but his attention to character can only take the picture so far before it runs out of ideas and money to bring them to life.
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