Director: John Geddes
Screenplay: John Geddes
Producers: Jesse T. Cook, John Geddes & Matt Wiele
Starring: Brian Cox, Mark Gibson, Adam Seybold & Jordan Hayes
Duration: 108 mins
Welcome to the John Geddes experience! Director, writer, producer and editor – and I suspect he did the catering as well. Sometimes when one person takes the helm in such a fashion they can create a piece of cinematic history. But more often than not they don’t. This, unfortunately, is one of the latter.
Exit Humanity is categorised as Drama Horror, but simply having zombies – and particularly poor zombies, at that – doesn’t make it horror, and having the lead actor yell for minutes on end – in some art-house attempt at illustrating inner conflict – doesn’t make it drama. I’m not sure any fan of either category would be happy.
Interestingly enough, Fangoria has apparently written that Exit Humanity is ‘a real gem’ – I assume they meant it should be buried under tons of rock. Also, the cast boasts the talents of Brian Cox but he’s only present in a vocal capacity and the character he’s supposed to be a future version of sounds nothing like him. Kudos to Geddes for getting Cox attached but he should’ve used him better.
Set ten years after the American Civil War there is an outbreak of zombies and Edward Young (Gibson) loses his wife and son to the creatures. He details his experiences in a journal (read by Cox) and teams up with Isaac (Seybold) and Emma (Hayes). Sounds interesting, right? Well, it should have been and could have been. But it wasn’t.
The pace of the film, sadly, is glacial. The actual storyline is so thin the 108 minutes could have been cut by half an hour and it still would have seemed overlong. That’s not the groan of the zombies you can hear; it’s all the poor souls who’ve sat through the movie, convinced that it will only get better.
I’m still not sure what the Manga-like cartoon sequences (that popped up several times throughout the film) were about; they didn’t really offer anything apart from illustrating the narration – and smacked of a cheaper alternative rather than extra filming.
Exit Humanity is now available on DVD.
Review by Andy Goodman