Humanity’s End (DVD Review)25 Jul, 2009 By: Isabella Hecht
Prebook 7/31/09; Street 9/1/09
Stars Jay Laisne, Rochelle Vallese, Cynthia Ickes, William David Tulin.
Sorry to disappoint those getting their hopes up, but humanity does not end in Humanity’s End. Set several hundred years in the future, the film postulates that after colonizing other planets, the resulting isolation would be enough that humans would evolve into different species, and naturally those species would want to kill each other.
But wait, it’s not the advanced humans, the Konstrukts, who want to wipe out the Homo Sapiens. It’s a weird race called the Nephilim. With the help of the Konstrukts, who view themselves as superior, the Nephilim try to wipe out all of humanity (meaning the Homo Sapien humanity, not the Konstrukt humanity, who don’t help the clarity by looking exactly like each other). Sound confusing? And that’s not even the half of it.
The Nephilim have managed to destroy all of humanity except for one man and one woman. The last man suddenly finds himself running from the Nephilim, who must be admired for their dedication to completing a job in its entirety, while trying to protect the last woman, who is, unfortunately, called a “breeder.” His Han Solo impressions will be enjoyed by sci-fi fans disappointed by Harrison Ford’s appointment with the natural aging process.
One has to give this rather misogynistic film props for not turning into a “repopulating” breeding-fest. Add the fact that it focuses on the characters rather than the technology, and it would seem that you have a science-fiction tale that is above the norm.
However, the method by which the filmmakers do this is to make the audience watch some petty drama between the characters while something important happens off camera. The entire battle to save humanity plays out somewhere in the background while a certain character takes his sweet time dying.